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Wanna Donate books? (for atheists)

August 24, 2009

Hey you nonbelieving types,

The Thomas Society opperates a library at the Ohio State University. It’s obviously mostly concerned with books from a Christian perspective. However, we have been trying to build up a good atheist section as well as some good books on evolution.

Sooo, I was wondering if you all would be interested in donating a book to the Study Center? Here is a list of books we would like to have:

Ken Miller (not an atheist, but good on evolution)
Finding Darwin’s God
Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul

Sam Harris (Attie Award Winner!)
Letters to a Christian Nation

Daniel Dennett
Breaking the Spell
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Richard Dawkins
The Selfish Gene
The Ancestor’s Tale
A Devil’s Chaplain

So, if you are interested, send me an email and I will tell you how to order them. And, I’m open to suggestions on others!


Dan Barker

10 Comments leave one →
  1. AdamK permalink
    August 24, 2009 7:12 pm

    I’d kinda prefer you plunk down some cold hard christian cash. Who said the search for the truth was free?

  2. Richard Eis permalink
    August 24, 2009 7:30 pm

    I would also suggest:

    Neil Shubin – Your inner fish
    Tavris/Aronson – Mistakes were made (but not by me)
    Dawkins – Unweaving the rainbow

  3. erp permalink
    August 24, 2009 7:39 pm

    It might be useful to have a list of what you do have already.

    Given the notable omissions, I would assume “God Delusion” and Christopher Hitchens, “God is not Great” are already present. I donate books to the reading room here so am not really in a position to donate to your place.

    Bertrand Russell, “Why I am not a Christian and other essays on Religion and Related Subjects”. One of the classics.

    Christopher Hitchens, editor, “Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer”. A collection of writings (not all by atheists) over the centuries. Portable is a bit of a misnomer, it is over 500 pages.

    Andre Comte-Sponville, “The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality “. French philosopher in translation. Different, short, interesting.

    To go along with Miller, I would also include Francisco Ayala’s “Darwin’s Gift: to Science and Religion” (another religious biologist but also a former Catholic priest)

    Oh and for fun “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett. He pokes all sides. “His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools — the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans — and summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, “You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.””

  4. thomas2026 permalink*
    August 24, 2009 8:07 pm

    I actually have God Delusion and God is not great, so that’s why I omitted them

    But good suggestions on the others.

  5. Edward Lark permalink
    August 24, 2009 8:30 pm

    While not specifically an atheist tome, I would highly recommend Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World.” An excellent primer on critical thinking, and if you are a self-proclaimed “skeptic” over 35, this is probably the book you cut your skeptical teeth on.

  6. August 25, 2009 2:02 pm

    Two more suggestions: “A History of God” by Karen Armstrong (one for both the Christian and atheist shelf); and “God: A Biography” by Jack Miles (which looks at God in the Old and New Testaments as a literary character).

    Also, Johnathan – I have at least one of the three I suggested that I would be willing to donate, but I cannot seem to locate your email address on the site.

  7. erp permalink
    August 25, 2009 2:10 pm

    Another book might be

    Susan Jacoby’s “Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism”

  8. Johann permalink
    August 25, 2009 2:37 pm

    Edward – It’s It’s listed on the About page but not linked, so it blends in with the text.

  9. thomas2026 permalink*
    August 25, 2009 3:03 pm

    It’s in the about section, I believe. if not, here it is And thanks!!!!

  10. August 25, 2009 2:18 pm

    Sent you an email.

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