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?