I recently finished Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth
and Coyne's Why Evolution is True.
I will save my raving about them for another time, but I do want to ask a question because these books got me wondering about something:
Has anyone successfully gotten a religious friend or family member to read a book by Dawkins? Harris? Hitchens? Coyne? Dennett? Russell? etc....and, if so, how has the discussion of the text unfolded?
I ask this because my father, when I told him I was an atheist, promised to read Atheist Universe by David Mills; over a year has passed and he hasn't so much as picked it up. My Uncle (with whom I debate about religion on a semi-regular basis) actually tries to use quotes off the cover of Coyne's Evolution as evidence that "Atheists are snobs" but hasn't actually read it.
Is this a common trend? I, as an Atheist, have undoubtedly read more of the Bible and more books about religion in general and Christianity specifically than anyone in my proselytizing Christian family. Yet, they seem to still feel armed with knowledge that they don't really have.