I’m reading a book that is so good, so interesting, that I’ve highlighted almost every sentence. It’s a gold mine of ideas and information, a real treat to read.

If you looked at my book list, you’ll notice that I haven’t read all the “traditional” books that all other atheists seem to love. That’s not to say that I won’t, but I became an atheist when most of those books didn’t exist.

Once I reached the point where I was ready to shed the oppressive mantle of religion, I was so relieved and felt so free, I didn’t have a need to read anything else on the subject for a long time.
Since I let go of god - all gods actually - a lot of books have finally come out about atheism. At the time, I didn’t even notice them. It was nice that it was being talked about, but I was happily god-free and in no need of conversion anymore.

Unfortunately in the last 8 years, the country has become increasingly polarized and fundamentalism has become very prominent. I blame the media. Needless to say, as an atheist, I now feel more isolated than I did when I originally realized that I was without a god. I now feel increasingly threatened by governmental, political and religious forces regarding my basic rights as a person and a citizen.

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Comment by Neece on August 10, 2008 at 11:56pm
Yes, they did pop up rather quietly, didn't they? Thanks for commenting! I feel like I am in the minority here with my weird booklist, etc. :)
Comment by Skylar on August 10, 2008 at 11:25pm
I'm with you Fruitloop. Somehow these four horsemen popped up under the radar. The "New Atheism" is interesting, but isn't something that I typically read about either, for most of the same reasons that you mentioned. :)
Comment by Neece on August 10, 2008 at 9:44pm
Thanks for commenting, Tiberius. You're welcome for the recommendation. Like I mentioned, I'm only on chapter one and it's quite excellent.
Comment by tiberius on August 10, 2008 at 8:42pm
I read the book reviews and customer comments on Amazon. I'll the reading The Atheist Universe. Thanks for the recommendation.

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