Some atheist-related book will be chosen, and every week a certain amount of said book "assigned." A week later, discussion for that section will be opened in a discussion thread on the group site. At the same time, a new section will be chosen for the next week.
This is still in the preliminaries here, but the first book should get picked shortly and things will get underway. If you have any suggestions for a book, or for the group in general, feel free to post them.
couldn't agree more. i had never believed in a god or anything like that but i didn't know that there was such a thing as an "atheist", a name for those who didn't believe. when i was 11 i read Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason and right after that i read George Smith's book... after reading them both i knew i was an atheist, i knew i had always been an atheist. i've reread it a couple times since then and it's still just as damaging a polemic as it was when i read it at 11.
great suggestion Heath.
not to begin sounding like a broken record but Smith's book is also one of those in one of those download packs. :)
This is going to be great, cant wait to start. I have a feeling I will be downloading all of the books you have there Nelson, lol. Maybe we should start with the portable atheist just because the format is such that it will be easy to assign different sections and have discussions about them. There is also a wealth of information there to go over.
The Portable Atheist would be good to go through simply because there's so much from so many authors. i was gonna leave a message on Sniz's page to suggest she put up a poll and it seems she's already done so. perhaps on her behalf i could suggest that everyone go to her page and vote for what they want the first selection to be. not sure if these are set in stone but current choices are The God Delusion, God is Not Great, Atheist Universe, and Breaking the Spell- all good choices.
Jesus, Interrupted is supposed to be excellent. so is Misquoting Jesus, also by Ehrman.
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Great idea. I've been looking for an excuse to get back to reading more. Would be interesting to read books from both sides of the fence when it comes to religion, and pick them apart (for better or worse).