I just joined and i love the idea of talking about some good reads Atheism. I just ordered Richard Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth"
Mainly I wanted to know of there is a certain book that is suggested to be read among the group or if it's just discussions of books that have been read.
welcome Jason! :)
when the group was created by Sniz the intention was that it would be a book club of sorts. we were to pick a book and read it over the course of a few weeks. but no one ever really got on board with it despite the fact that it was a great idea (or at least i thought it was.)
since then it's just been where people pop in and say they're reading this book or that book and comment on them.
but, really, if it's about books, you're welcome to put it in the group. :)
I really enjoyed The Greatest Show on Earth. It was easier reading than The God Delusion, and I will probably read it again. It just made such crystalline sense!
If you want a list of fantastic books to read, ask Nelson. He'll suggest more books than you'll ever have time to read, but you'll wanna try at least... :)
Sounds great! Thanks for the welcome Nelson. I will be looking over that list soon. I also have "Why God Is Not Great" to read. If you were to suggest a book that is considered to be the guide to Atheism or that covers most things you need to know, what would it be?
that's a tough question. i'm a firm believer in having a deep and broad tool kit with which to draw from.
both in order to be sure that you've challenged yourself and to have the knowledge with which to justify your lack of belief when asked.
so there's not really one book (or even 3) that fit the bill.
a great place to start, however, would be John Loftus' books, Why I Became an Atheist, The Christian Delusion, and the forthcoming The End of Christianity
that would be great if there was some interest in a book club type discussion. i'd enjoy that.
all great books you mention.
if you enjoyed Loftus' WIBA you'll enjoy his The Christian Delusion. he also has a new one coming out soon called The End of Christianity. the authors and the titles of their contributions make it look like it's going to be another good one.
hey, remember that we had John Loftus on the podcast just recently. you might find what he has to say interesting given that you just read his book. :)