Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Atheism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Sacred Cows: A Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Did you know that God forbids the tying of shoelaces on Saturdays? Or that humans emit a colorful aura that can be discerned only with a Third Eye? That bountiful harvest requires the flinging of a live goat from a church bell tower? That instead of wishing upon a star, we can wish upon a...cow? Well into the 21st century, our species continues to participate in beliefs and customs that seem more suited to the Bronze Age than the Information Age, some of which involve poisonous snakes, holy smoke, urine bubbles, crystals, tarot cards, aliens, costumed virgins, and, of course, an offering plate. Join Seth Andrews for a random romp across the planet and a humorous look at some of humanity's Sacred Cows .

  • Author: Seth Andrews
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor, Religion


2. The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament, Volume 1

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

The Old Testament is a fierce battleground for atheists and Christian apologists, with each side accusing the other of taking challenging and troubling passages out of context. In this handbook, Joshua Bowen not only provides the background to the Old Testament and the ancient Near East, but engages with hotly contested topics like slavery, failed prophecy, and the authorship of debated Old Testament books.  This book provides:  clear and straightforward explanations to complex topics  direct engagement with hot-button Old Testament issues  specific arguments to help you in a debate or discussion Whether you are looking to debate problematic Old Testament issues on social media or have a relaxed, meaningful discussion with a family member over coffee, The Atheist Handbook to the Old Testament is an indispensable resource for you.

  • Author: Joshua Bowen
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Bibles & Bible Study, Bible Study, Commentaries


3. The God Delusion

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11. With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.

  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, History & Philosophy, Philosophy


4. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith , Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty of the double helix.

  • Author: Christopher Hitchens
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Religious Studies, Sociology


5. Is Atheism Dead?

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Is Atheism Dead?  is a highly entertaining, impressively wide-ranging, and decidedly provocative answer to that famous 1966  TIME  cover that itself provocatively asked “Is God Dead?” In a voice that is by turns witty, muscular, and poetic, Metaxas echoes C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton in cheerfully and logically making his case, along the way presenting breathtaking—and sometimes astonishing—new evidence and arguments against the idea of a Creatorless universe. Taken all together, he shows that much we have assumed about the biggest questions of human existence is in fact dramatically outdated — and is therefore in need of the most urgent reevaluation.

  • Author: Eric Metaxas
  • Publisher: Salem Books (October 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Christian Living
  • ISBN: 978-1684511730
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches


6. Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism and Addictions

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Finally, a psychology-based approach to recovery that doesn't require faith in a god or supernatural being. This book will guide you through a series of 12 steps designed to free you from the patterns that keep you stuck in your addictive cycle. These 12 steps are developed to be workable whether you are currently in a traditional 12-step program or not. Cultivate genuine motivation to stop your addictive cycle. Find relief from the guilt of past actions and the resentments toward the people who hurt you. Explore the patterns that keep you stuck and systematically remove them from your life. Heal the damage done to your loved ones. Discover powerful tools that help keep you grounded in the moment and free from overwhelming emotions Live a full, healthy, balanced life free from the prison of addictive behavior. One step at a time, you can end the cycle that causes suffering for you and your loved ones. With a detailed plan of action, you can stay sober without God.

  • Author: Jeffrey Munn
  • Publisher: Jeffrey Munn (January 6, 2019)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-1733588003
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches


7. Compassionate Satanism: An Introduction to Modern Satanic Practice

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Discover the benefits of nontheistic Satanism, the dynamic religion taking the world by storm! Get started with this comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to modern Satanic practice by an experienced Satanic insider. Drawing on her years of leadership in The Satanic Temple (now with over 300,000 members worldwide), award-winning author Lilith Starr demystifies the rapidly-growing Satanic religion based on compassion, reason, and justice and provides a clear road map for building Satanic practice. Learn to tap into your own power, create your own unique, meaningful religious practice, stand up against tyranny and oppression, and find a supportive Satanic community that accepts you just as you are. With a Foreword by Lucien Greaves, Co-Founder of The Satanic Temple. Learn about: The benefits of religion without superstition The narrative of Satan as revolutionary hero The Seven Tenets' system of humanitarian ethics Reclaiming the power of the Outcast The origin and meaning of Satanic symbols The role of nontheistic Satanic ritual (and how to create your own rituals) Developing self-compassion and self-empowerment Coming out to friends and family as a Satanist Taking action against tyranny and injustice Finding your local Satanic community This extensive guide to modern Satanism also includes a collection of Satanic ritual scripts, a number of in-depth interviews with practicing Satanists, and a section on Satanic holidays. Perfect for beginners and Satanic sophisticates alike!

  • Author: Lilith Starr
  • Publisher: Lilith Starr Publishing (July 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts
  • ISBN: 978-0578914695
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.99 x 9 inches


8. Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Seth Andrews idolized Rush Limbaugh. He listened to Glenn Beck. He read Ann Coulter. He watched Fox News. He was an evangelical Christian once tethered to right-wing media, which constantly warned of an attack on American values by liberals and secular humanists. Today, Seth is a liberal and secular humanist. This audiobook explores the Fox News culture, which both reflects and informs American conservatism, shaping public opinion on important issues like religion, government, race, foreign policy, war, protest, LGBT rights, and the Constitution. It's an exposé of conservative media's "closed systems" which constantly feed on (and feed into) public outrage, ignorance, bigotry, and fear. It's also the story of one man's personal journey into a larger and better world.

  • Author: Seth Andrews
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Ideologies & Doctrines, Nationalism


9. The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Do "In God We Trust", the Declaration of Independence, and other historical "evidence" prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion's role in America's founding.    In today's contentious political climate, understanding religion's role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all.  Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America's founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence's central tenets. Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American.

  • Author: Andrew L. Seidel
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Bibles & Bible Study, Bible Study, Commentaries


10. Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Atheism - August 2021

Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t. Richard Dawkins was 15 when he stopped believing in God. Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he’d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world’s best and best-selling science communicators, Dawkins has given listeners, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions. In 12 fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer - the improbability and beauty of the "bottom-up programming" that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings - and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world’s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a "Good Book"? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself. Includes a bonus PDF of photographs and charts. Advance praise for Outgrowing God "My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: 'Have you ever heard of Jesus?' We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like  The God Delusion , books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his ground .  Dawkins’s new book is special in the terrain of atheists’ pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for ‘all young people when they’re old enough to decide for themselves.’ It is also, I must add, for their parents." (Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues ) "When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. Outgrowing God - second only to the Bible!" (Penn Jillette, author of God, No! ) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Movements, Rationalism