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Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:41 PM

Any favorite atheist authors?

Aron Ra and Seth Andrews are mine.

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Reply Any favorite atheist authors? (Original post)
sakabatou Oct 25 OP
catrose Oct 25 #1
ItsjustMe Oct 25 #2
Duppers Oct 25 #5
sakabatou Oct 25 #6
exboyfil Oct 25 #13
Laffy Kat Oct 25 #3
sakabatou Oct 25 #7
Missn-Hitch Oct 25 #21
Laffy Kat Oct 25 #22
Missn-Hitch Oct 26 #24
Moostache Oct 25 #4
sakabatou Oct 25 #8
Moostache Oct 25 #10
exboyfil Oct 25 #12
exboyfil Oct 25 #9
JustFiveMoreMinutes Oct 25 #11
sakabatou Oct 25 #18
alwaysinasnit Oct 25 #14
Susan Calvin Oct 25 #16
alwaysinasnit Oct 25 #17
Susan Calvin Oct 25 #15
calguy Oct 25 #19
Warpy Oct 25 #20
uriel1972 Oct 26 #23
Missn-Hitch Oct 26 #25
FigTree Oct 31 #26
Brainstormy Nov 5 #27
PassingFair Nov 20 #28

Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:45 PM

1. Terry Pratchett

That said, he writes mysticism (when the story calls for it) better than those who believe.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:45 PM

2. Carl Sagan

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:56 PM

5. ✔

Definitely one of mind too.

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Response to ItsjustMe (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:58 PM

6. I've read "Contact."

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:05 PM

13. Read The Demon Haunted World

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:53 PM

3. Christopher Hitchens.

Yes, he made me angry many times and I certainly didn't agree with him on everything, but he was a wonderful and witty writer. I miss him every effing day. I also think Vanity Fair has gone way downhill since his death, and then Graydon Carter left. It's not the same.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:59 PM

7. I think I've read one of his books.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 10:59 PM

21. Agreed.

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Response to Missn-Hitch (Reply #21)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 11:44 PM

22. LOL, I guess so!

Nice to meet you.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #22)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 09:26 PM

24. LOL!! I REALLY do. Nice to meet you too.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:53 PM

4. Those are good....Richard Dawkins can be an acquired taste...

Carl Sagan was less "atheist" than he was a straight up proponent for evidentiary-based conclusions - which in general excludes most religious screeds, but he was an outstanding author and amazingly prescient at times too. MUST READ!

Sam Harris is easy to digest on his earlier works (like "letter to a 'Christian' nation", but his more recent stuff is not so much atheist as political agenda at times with his anti-Muslim stances running over other topics.

Daniel Dennett is a great philosopher and author, but his style is dense writing and can be difficult to read at times (at least for me)...

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Response to Moostache (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 07:59 PM

8. I have yet to read anything by Dennett

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:02 PM

10. Recommended (Dennett works worth a read):

Consciousness Explained (1991)

Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995)

Breaking the Spell (2006)

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Response to Moostache (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:03 PM

12. The Demon Haunted World is a masterpiece

I often wonder what Sagan and Harlan Ellison would say about Trumpism. They both may conclude that darkness is covering rationalism.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:02 PM

9. Kurt Vonnegut

Jack London
Arthur C. Clarke
Harlan Ellison
H.P. Lovecraft (yes I know about his racism)

Non-Fiction
Carl Sagan
Richard Dawkins
Bart Ehrman

Robert Heinlein and Phillip Jose Farmer were agnostic

Interesting how few horror writers are listed as atheists.


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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:03 PM

11. HEMANT MEHTA

.... but I've just gotten back into it... Sam Harris???? May be another.

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Response to JustFiveMoreMinutes (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:08 PM

18. Ah, yes, The Friendly Atheist.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

14. Isaac Asimov.

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Response to alwaysinasnit (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:07 PM

16. Aw you beat me to it.

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Response to Susan Calvin (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:07 PM

17. ...

GMTA

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

15. Isaac Asimov, as far as I know.

I also like that he called out Mensa for the ridiculous organization it is. And I say that as someone who is very very good on multiple choice tests which past a certain level mean nothing whatsoever.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 08:21 PM

19. This probably won't qualify as an Atheist author

But I am fascinated by the works of Neville Goddard. He has a unique way of interpreting the bible that has nothing at all to do with religion. He views the bible as a symbolic metaphysical book. Whereas religions teach it as an historical book. He believes that none of the people or events in the bible ever existed. Instead, in his view, the figures and events in the bible represent "states of mind". I grew up in an evangelical Christian environment and went to Christian school through the eighth grade. After all the formal biblical education I received in my younger days, never ever could I grasp or accept what I was being taught. I rejected it all once I moved out of the house and got on my own.
Neville has a way of interpreting things in such a way that now the bible makes perfect sense to me. It might not be acceptable to an Atheist person, but to many who have rejected the indoctrination pushed by organized religion, Neville Goddard might provide an insight that had not yet been considered.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sun Oct 25, 2020, 09:50 PM

20. Salman Rushdie

"The Satanic Verses" was a total hoot.

Roddy Doyle, for The Barrytown Trilogy (the movie "The Committments" was the first book)

Dave Barry

Barbara Ehrehreich

Those are just off the top of my head. There are more than you know.

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 01:44 AM

23. Terry Pratchett and Niel Gaiman...

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Mon Oct 26, 2020, 09:31 PM

25. Book Recommend: Susan Jacoby's FREETHINKERS.

A history of American secularism. Robert Ingersoll was the Christopher Hitchens of his day when it came to god(s)(esses).

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 12:57 PM

26. Karl Marx

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 05:19 PM

27. 1. Hitchens

2. Hitchens
3. Hitchens

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Response to sakabatou (Original post)

Fri Nov 20, 2020, 08:10 AM

28. Philip Pullman

In the middle of “The Secret Commonwealth” right now.

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