I was trying to find a book or something that I could tell christians to check into that may make them understand atheism better. I don't want this book to be offensive to them but I want it to be educational. I was looking at reviews for "Why I Left the Ministry and Became An Atheist" by Vincent Runyon. Has anyone read this? Or are there any other solutions other than the bible itself? That is what I always tell christians to read because it sealed the deal for me. But the reality is, it is really hard to get a christian to actually read the bible. Who wants to read it when your pastor gets paid to tell you the stories in it at church, right?
I love the book "Does God Get Diarrhea?" by Odin Zeus McGaffer. It is probably my favorite, but I think it would be way too extreme for theists. Any suggestions?
One of my favorite books that I also use to teach with is called "Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions" by TW Doane, which can be downloaded for free at books.google.com. This text was used at Harvard Seminary at one time, and shows how the bible was plagiarized from older religions. Priests are well aware of this fact....they just don't let anyone else know.
I also like "God and the Gods--Myths of the Bible.--Beltz.
The Creation by Edward O. Wilson
Edward O. Wilson, Bridging Science and Religion talks on NPR. With this link you can listen to E.O. Wilson on "Talk of the Nation," or read the transcript.
This is an important book because 'inerrant christians' know Jesus is coming back and therefore they have no responsibility for maintaining the health of the planet. It isn't about atheism. It's not worth trying to convert people to atheism - they either will, or won't find it on their own. This book may open their eyes though to their responsibility to take care of the environment.
I've talked with charismatics who say we don't worry about polution because Jesus is coming back. The Armageddon myth is a real thing to some people.
God is not great
end of faith
the god delusion
All of them are fairly good reads. My top pick out of the three would be, "The End of Faith". In any case, I don't see any of the books being offensive.
Not any 4th grade science book. Don't forget the 4th grade science books written for Christian schools; it took me until the 6th or 7th grade to really start actively doubting Christianity. It's positively criminal how those books teach biology without any evolutionary context.
Also, thanks to all who have suggested books. I think I could use some help from other perspectives as I'm finding that it doesn't seem that a lot of religious people would be receptive to the same evidence that drove me to my atheism, namely pure reasoning and hard science. Most people I've talked to seem motivated solely and unabashedly by desires and what they think they will get out of it, as if the truth of reality were at the most an afterthought. I suppose they just weren't taught to have any intellectual integrity and don't bother to find any in themselves.