What books do you Atheists worship? (I need suggestions here. Selfish person coming through!)

Name favorite titles, even if they aren't really Atheist books. Read a great book on Evolution? A book that explains the science of homosexuality? A picture book of undersea creatures? A biography of Penn? A cookbook that includes flying spaghetti monster supreme? Or a beautiful fiction about Princess Sprinkles in the enchanted forest?

Okay, so I went overboard with the suggestions, but lets go for variety and the reasons you love them. Personally, I'd especially be interested in religious/psychology stuff. ...And maybe a picture book.

To start off, I really love The Scarlet Letter. ...Everyone else in my class hated it. Interestingly, even though it's fiction, it still offers a lot of information and combats Puritan ideals... a great perspective and beautiful story to boot.

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I was at a friends ranch for several days and really needed something to read but the only book in the house was The Red Tent. I was suprised that it was such a good read.
I can't figure out the intensity of the criticism of this topic. It's just asking what books people really really like! What is the harm in that, for dog's sake? If someone doesn't like the topic, they can ignore it!

Jezzy, on the other hand, as someone who shares the name, "Daniel" refers to "God's judge". Go figure. If you want to use the word "worship" with books (or cats, or tomatoes), then that's fine, most people know damn well you are not on your knees with rosary in front of your Dawkins' masterpiece.

My favorite all-time book is "Off for the Sweet Hereafter" by T.R. Pearson. This book is so painfully funny and so cheerfully sad that I want to laugh and cry when reading it. As noted & quoted in wikipedia, the first sentence is over 400 words long, and I can almost hear the characters talking in that rambling style. The wikipedia article includes great quote, "Lemly had no industry whatsoever and little agriculture to speak of unless mildew counted for something."

This is an older book now, in the tradition of the great US Authors of the old south. The author is respectful, dare-I-say worshipful, of the inherent dignity of the undignified, the inherent worth of the worthless, and the inherent beauty of the homely.
Well, it's not a book, but Monty Python's The Life of Brian provides the most concise and easily digestible path to atheism by perfectly capturing the loony essence of Christianity. It's very difficult to take Protestantism vs Catholicism or Sunni vs Shia seriously when all I can think of is "Follow the gourd!" "No! Follow the shoe!"
As do I. As deities. Clearly, only a group of gods such as these could have designed such a deranged universe as ours. And BBC TV was their prophet. Are we not all merely parrots, pining for the fjords and shuffling off this mortal coil?
My favourite atheist boom is "The Gospel according to Jesus" of Jose Saramago ,Literature Nobel Prize 1998.Condemned by the Portuguese Catholic Church.It made me laugh to death.
The 33 Strategies of War and the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
"If angels would exist,God only with angels would solve everything"Jose Saramago"The Gospel according to Jesus,Nobel Prize of Literature 1998.
"What kind of God is this that creates sick children and poisonus cactus?"another quote.
"Jesus asked God:why do you give power and glory?-God answered:because later will come wars called the Cruzades-The Devil said then-ok ,lets make peace now and no wars would be neccesary.God said:no, History has to follow its course.The Devil said: I want to make sure I did tempt God"another paragrah of "The Gospel according to Jesus in which Jesus is just a human being influenced by forces of good and evil,but in satire.
"The Anti-Christ"by friedrich Nietzche,german philosopher 1985,epigon of Schopenhauer,which because of his book "And thus spoke Zaratustrah", and his concept of superman, he was considered by some the ideologue of nazism but he had a jewish girlfriend and only his friend Wagner was anti-semitic.Also his book "the darkening of the idols" in which he explains the consecuences of "the death of the old God" and predicts Europe future.Some of his pupils were Sigmund Freud and Max Weber that creates psichoanalysis and sociology respectively.Nietzsche is the greatest atheist of all times.From Lima ;Peru,Jaime Paredes
Instead of "sacred texts" (we are not theists, are we?) I would prefer "dear";
I would suggest Carl Sagan's Contact;
There is also a speech " Why I am not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell;
Ok, in reference to your Princess Sparkles in the enchanted forest... The Clash of Kings novels by George R. R. Martin are by far my favorite. I also really like Dragonsong and Drangonsinger by Anne McCaffrey.

My favorite psychology book is Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns. His explanations of the 10 cognitive distortions is very interesting.

I know that these last suggestions are going to seem odd, but I really liked Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series. I view Christianity as a myth and these books just gave a new way to look at it.

I know that your list is very long at this point, but I hope you enjoy all of the suggestions by everyone.
"Intermittences about death"of Portuguese writer Jose Saramago,a Literature Nobel Prize 1998,who at 97 years old laughs at death in this book:"one day,in a European country ,death did not happened any more.People were very happy at first,but later they noticed that, in living ,there are worse things than death,like eternal agonies,madness etc,so they decided to carry their sick people to other countries,so they could die".There is a biological law that scientist Francois Jacob,Biology Nobel Prize 1993, states "for life to exist,death has to happen,if there is life,there is death,if there is joy,there is sadness,one thing cannot occur without the other".This means,of course that there is no thing such as an afterlife.German philosopher Schopenhauer said "after death,there is nothing,absolutedly nothing".




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