December 29, 2007 • 12:29 pm
I have FINALLY finished reading George Smith’s seminal work Atheism: The Case Against God. I say finally because this book is a very substantial work and I don’t recommend you read it while you are sleepy because I could barely get 3 pages into it before nodding off.
When you read this you will clearly see that a lot of the ideas captured in this book have found there way into the books of the “New Atheists”. What isn’t touched on in this book is fundamentalist Islam (I think that might be redundant). Clearly this book is a product of it’s time 1978 I believe. Christianity is clearly the default theistic religion that George Smith atheistic beliefs attempt to counter.
I have spent several weeks chewing through this book which is unusual for anyone who knows me since I am a very fast reader. It took so long becuase I had to reread several sections to really understand what he was trying to say or how he was attempting to connect several different concepts together. The book is clearly written by a philosopher and I think he does a good job of writing this to the lay person but there’s only so much you can do with the subject matter.
If you are looking for the philosophical underpinnings of Sam Harris’ book End of Faith or a more in-depth treatise on atheism that Dawkins or Hitchens’ books don’t go then this is your book.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion, Reviews, Atheism, christianity, christopher hitchens, george h. smith, new atheists, richard dawkins, sam harris
December 27, 2007 • 7:17 pm
I completed reading Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation several weeks ago but found that it was very short (only about 100 pages) and that if I wanted to better understand Harris’ position I should read his longer and more in-depth book End of Faith.
End of Faith definitely has more meat than it’s little cousin. I especially enjoyed his discussions regarding the ethics of torture. Often when I read articles or interviews with Sam Harris he mentions yoga or meditation. He clearly finds value in this and mentions it regularly and End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation are no exception.
Both of these books have been on my list for quite some time and I have finally taken the time to read them. They are well worth a read if you enjoy Dawkins and Hitchens, his books have the same tone and essentially the same kind of content.
If you are looking for a Reader’s Digest version of End of Faith read Letter to a Christian Nation.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion, Reviews, Atheism, christianity, sam harris
August 29, 2007 • 12:43 pm
ChristianityToday.com contributor, John Wilson, proposes his Top 5 Books on Atheism, some of which I have never heard of. Damn, my reading list gets longer all the time.
I don’t normally ask for comments since I am content with disseminating information and letting those who stumble upon my blog wander off through the various links.
Having said that I am curious of what other books on atheism or even humanism (for or against, or simply about) you would recommend.
Here are the obvious big ones but what other more “obscure” ones would someone suggest. If I get enough responses I might start a new page for atheism/humanism reading suggestions.
Richard Dawkins [RichardDawkins.net]
• The God Delusion
Daniel Dennett [website?]
• Breaking the Spell
Sam Harris [SamHarris.org]
• Letter to a Christian Nation
• The End of Faith
Christopher Hitchens [HitchensWeb.com (Not sure if this official)]
• god is not great
Eric Hoffer [EricHoffer.net]
• True Believer
Joan Konner [AtheistBible.net (not sure if this correct, seems outdated)]
• The Atheist’s Bible
Nicca Lalli [NicaLalli.com]
Hemant Mehta [FriendlyAtheist.com]
• I sold my soul on eBay
Filed under: Atheism, Religion, Reviews, Atheism, christopher hitchens, daniel dennett, eric hoffer, hemant mehta, joan konner, nica lalli, richard dawkins, sam harris