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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Jesus cries when you touch yourself
I rather enjoy Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and Job: A Comedy of Justice, for the shellacking that religion takes in both of them, and particularly the second.
My favorites are the Old Testament (Tanakh), the Iliad, and the Odyssey.
Jillian Venters "Gothic Charm School", is one that I really like.  I could list more.
If it's fiction you want, then I recommend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet".  Most of this Sherlock Holmes classic is a flash-back to early Utah and encounters with the mormons.  It's pretty scary really, and is not hart to see how the mormons got to where they are today.  This short novel has been banned in several grade schools in the south east.

The orangey-red Betty Crocker cookbook.  I think it was from the late 60's or early 70's.  It had the BEST recipes (I made my first yeast doughnuts using it, as well as cinnamonbread and Stollenbread).

Oh and Euclid's "Elements" and Alexander Key's "the Forgotten Door".

Definitely Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I don't know about others. I can't pin point one non-fiction book that i would call sacred per say. The're a lot of good non-religious, non-fiction books. Though I can't name the God Delusion as one of them.
Dan Barker, "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists."  He's co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation now.
An atheist book which no-one else seems to have mentioned here is 'All In The Mind : A Farewell to God' by the Scottish writer Ludovic Kennedy (1999).
Anything by Vonnegut

First off, I just love Dawkins.  My favorite two are "The God Delusion" and  "The Greatest Show On Earth" (evolution).  He really is a gifted writer.  If I could make one suggestion though, listen to a couple of his speeches first.  You can find them for free on both youtube  and Itunes.  He is a marvelous speaker and writes the way he talks and now whenever I read him I hear it in his voice and, for myself anyway, it enhances the  experience. In fact if you are a new atheist "The God Delusion ought to be required reading along with "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.

If you have never read anything by Bertrand Russell I strongly recommend it.  Try starting with a collection of his essays and speeches.  I needed smallish doses before I really got into him.  "Why I Am Not A Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects" is a good collection to start out with.




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