Hi. My first post here.    :)

We've probably all heard the theist argument that atheists have no morals etc, or they ask where we get our morality or where we turn for guidance. For the most part, that's something that's paricular to each person. But I was wondering...

If we as a community were to create some kind of book, a kind of equivalent of the Bible or Quran etc, what would it be like? What would be included in it?

Of course, it wouldn't be a book of dogma or rites. No creeds, no rituals. But, mirroring the theist perception of holy books as sources of moral guidance, wisdom, etc, a lot of atheist quotes and literature would certainly qualify for an "unholy" Bible (name subject to change  :P)

I did notice that someone made a Scepticism of Religion reading list. There are a lot of excellent books out there. But if we were to compress all that wisdom and insight into one book, what would (should?) be included?

Personally, my first thought is that I'd like to see an equivalent to the book of Proverbs. This would obviously be little more than a collection of clever and interesting quotes relating to life, reason, etc from people such as Dawkins, Douglas Adams, Eistein, Hawking. You know, the usual suspects  :)  It could be called the Book of Sayings   :D

Most important, of course, is that the book represent the entire spectrum of atheism, as much as possible. For example, there could be a chapter (or "book") on evolution. Even though there may be some atheists that don't 'believe' in it, it's a major subject in the atheist world and a part of our history/tradition. Other chapters/books could cover Buddhism and other non-theistic movements, astronomy, a history of religion, main arguments, logical fallacies, etc.

If this takes off, it could actually become a book!   :D

What do you guys think?

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It needs a good title. How about "The Book of Reason"
I actually think it would be a short book - maybe just a poster (with large imposing letters) that says:

"ASK QUESTIONS. QUESTION THE ANSWERS"

Unless we wish to breed more generations of sheep (albeit humanist sheep instead of religious sheep), do we need more than that?
It's human nature.. compassion, love, feelings, friendship, family, etc.. Really some people, man...
In an atheist bible something comparable to Psalms would be The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. And the only commandment: DO UNTO OTHERS AS THEY DO UNTO YOU.
I like the silver rule better:

Do not do unto others as you would not want to have done to yourself ( i think )

EDIT:
Do not do to others as you would not have them do to you
Yeah, but that's impractical and biblical. Just because you are nice to others is no guarantee they will be nice to you. However, when they know you will treat them as they treat you, they'll be encouraged to be nice. A practical rule of behavior rather than an idealistic one.

Jesus said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' But they hung his ass on a cross. Do you imagine they would have done so if they had known he would hang their asses on a cross?
Just depends on what kind of person you are. also The golden rule is biblical i dont understand.
See if someone pisses me off im going to be the better person and im not going to partake and piss back at them. Someone hits me using that golden rule they would expect a punch back... I never punch back its useless and ineffective.
I agree with Davis.... the problem with the golden rule is that it assumes that others want to be treated the same way as you. The silver rule while still imperfect is better IMO.
I always felt that the beauty of Atheism is that we only have one thing in common. I think that a "bible" would divide us.
Agreed.
also agreed.;.when you look at how the Scriptures, Qu'ran, Vedic Verses, and Buddha's 8-fold Path have been interpreted, misinterpreted and re-interpreted to suit whomsoever; a Book of Reason or whatever would become the target of the enemies of reason; the object of burnings, hatred, vilification etc etc
Maybe we could make it a living bible, where acolytes could add to the word as no spirit moved them, adding witty remarks, profound insights, and peer reviewed proofs in real time. We could call it
"Think Atheist!"

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