Anti-Supernaturalism, Atheism, Free Thought,
Anti-Religious, Agnosticism, Humanism
Freedom of/from Religion, Secularism, Pragmatism, Liberty
Compiled by Mike Garofalo
Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California
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Bibliography, Recommend Reading, Links, Resources
Topics: Free Thinking, Agnosticism, Atheism, Anti-Religious Arguments, Humanistic Thought, Secularism, Liberty, Tolerance
I started reading books on this topic in 1961, when I was 15 years of age. Books still in my home library are coded 'VSCL.'
Here are the many books that I have read since 1961 that have influenced my thinking on organized religion:
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Hume, David, 1711-1776. Dialogues and Natural History of Religion Published posthumously in 1779. Oxford University Press, 2009. 256 pages. ISBN: 978-0199538324. VSCL. I sided with Philo, a skeptic, in these debates. I first read in 1965.
Jacoby, Susan. Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. Holt, 2004. 448 pages. ISBN: 978-0805077766. VSCL.
Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1905. The Illusion of Immortality. New York, Continuum, Frederick Ungar Book, Half-Moon Foundation, 1935, Fifth Edition in 1990. Notes, index, 303 pages. ISBN: 0804463778. VSCL. I first read this book in 1962. The case against an "immortal soul" or survival of a personal consciousness after death is clearly and persuasively presented. We humans are subject to a finite life, mortality is certain, and there is a finality to death that is unavoidable. Historical religious views to the contrary are presented and refuted.
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Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970. Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects. Touchstone, 1957, 1967. 266 pages. ISBN: 978-0671203238. VSCL. I read this book in 1963, and it greatly influenced me in rejecting Catholicism. I shared many of the ethical/moral/social views of Mr. Russell as expressed in many of his other books.
Smith, George H. Atheism - The Case Against God. Prometheus Books, 1979. 355 pages. ISBN: 978-0879751241. VSCL. I read this book when I was in the United States Air Force. I agreed with Mr. Smith.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu I first read in 1961. The philosophical views of Laozi and Zhuanzi appealed to me from an early age. The religious practices of later Taoists from 300 CE onward were interesting and colorful, because of my practice of Taijiquan and Qigong, as are the nature worship rituals and poetry of the modern Neopagan religions; however, I don't really "believe" in their supernatural and superstitious views and dogmas. My childhood experiences of the magic, ritual and pomp of Roman Catholicism probably influenced me in my appreciation for Taoism and Druidry. I liked Lao Tzu's naturalism, individualism, mysticism, and skepticism about the value of conventional morality and religion.
VSCL = Valley Spirit Center Library, Red Bluff, California
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