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atheists, what do you read?

i usually study the qabalah on weekends but tonight i’ve been reading a book with essays on atheism. you’ve all peaked my interest and i want to understand, do you follow any type of philosophy and what writers speak well for atheists?

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  1. The God Delusion is a good book.
    Aside from that, I read old Ann Rice(the vampire stuff) and Neil Gaiman. I’m trying to read less fiction and more history/ statistical stuff.
    Right now though, I’m reading A Brief History of Time.(And it’s ABOUT time,really.19 is kinda late.)

  2. The Twilight Series and Harry Potter are among my favorites. But honestly, I don’t really read anything pertaining to philosophy or anything like that.

  3. Mostly Stephen King, V.C. Andrews. I read a book called, “A boy called it”, which was really good & I am getting ready to read the book Angels & Demons.

  4. I go to borders and pick out a good book… Athiesm is not some organized religion… its a lack of religion.

  5. Time, Golf Digest, Wired, Flying, and Newsweek…
    I visit Borders on a regular basis. I read a lot on astronomy…

  6. I’m currently reading The God Delusion(Richard Dawkins), Tricks of the Mind(Derren Brown), and The 4hour Workweek(Tim Ferris).

  7. I read mostly classics, anymore. Herodotus, Tacitus, Livy, et cetera. I don’t intentionally follow a “type of philosophy,” though I’ve found some elements of both Stoicism and Epicureanism interesting to read about. De Rerum Natura is an interesting read, speaking of.

  8. I haven’t read a book since the last Harry Potter. Not counting the HP books, I haven’t read a book since HS, and even then, I don’t remember one I read fully.
    I have been reading “Out of my later years” by Einstein, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, and “In a company of heroes” by Michael Durant (captured Blackhawk pilot in Somalia) but have yet to complete any of them. Going on 2 years now reading these books, I’m good.

  9. It’s a lack of a belief in a god. It’s like not believing in Santa, are there any philosophies that go along with not believing Santa exists?

  10. I like reading Sam Harris’ essays. Plus, taking a look at a bible reassures my knowledge that there is no god.

  11. Lots but today picked up two Books
    Love, the words and inspiration of Mother Teresa. I recommend it. Read it in one sitting and have already refered back to it.
    50 Philosophy ideas, you really need to know. Its ok nothing special. Probably take a week to finish need to take breaks

  12. Strong atheist vein: Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins
    Pop Science: Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, Douglas Adams
    For philosophy try Hume, Dewey, and Russel. Right now I’m reading Dawkins new book with Steven Pinker’s “The Stuff of Thought” up next.

  13. I read a lot of Carl Jung, Marceau Eliade, Karen Armstrong, Joseph Campbell, as well as source material: The Golden Bough, The Dead Sea Scrolls, books on Mesopotamian ancient religion…
    None of these books are necessarily about being atheist. However, understanding the source of religion reinforces my position that religion and God are human constructs.

  14. I grew up on Bradbury and Hienlen. These days I reading Gene Wolf, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy. I pick up the odd history books, Rise And fall, Down fall, How The Scot Invented the Modern world, Barbarossa, and a couple of hundred other titles in the area. I’ve read The Epicuron, The Histories, The Enchiridion, Bits and pieces of Plato, Aristotle, and slices most the Stoics. I’ve read The Book of The Way, The Analects, and what I could find of the Zen masters. I particularly like Issa’s poems.
    I waded through some of the bible and Koran but they seem neither poetic or morally instructive. I have nibbled at the apocrypha and read some works on alchemy and the arcane arts, but all matters supernatural seem, well, silly.
    My world changed the year I learned to read, and I have never stopped. When I have an open mind, and really listen the words of another, I see the world trough their eyes, and I am transformed.
    I have read part of Dawkin’s Ancestor’s Tale, but no other book by a popular atheist.

  15. I read books about buddhist phillosophy such as the Dhammapada or The Way of the Bodhisattva. Outside of that I read a lot of books about martial arts and for light entertainment I read womens magazines.

  16. Atheists read anything and everything!! Many will have the bible, Koran and other religious books since as Aristotle said – It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
    But if you are a christian be aware that if you are expanding your reading, education and intellect there will almost certainly be a great change in your life!!
    Acceptance of a supernatural claim tends to promote cooperative social relationships. This communication demonstrates a willingness to accept, without skepticism, the influence of the speaker in a way similar to a child’s acceptance of the influence of a parent. By encouraging this kind of behavior where the most intense social relationships occur it facilitates the lack of skepticism and deters more open minded thinking.
    They are christian, Muslim or the other religions depending where they were born simply because they were indoctrinated by their parents as very young children. They will go on to indoctrinate their own children and those will go on to indoctrinate their grandchildren!!
    Atheists have the intellect to see through the conditioning and escape into the real world!!
    Agnostics have the intellect to see through the conditioning but lack the courage to throw of the conditioning entirely.
    Sadly Christians are still held firmly prisoner by the self perpetuating brainwashing!!

  17. I spend my spare time reading about what is going on in this world.
    Other than that; some good books are “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins, “God Is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, or if you want to stay in a religious vein, there is a series on Gnosticism by Timothy Freke, of which I have read two books, “The Laughing Jesus” and “Jesus and the Lost Goddess” — Laughing Jesus is a great book; I highly recommend it!

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