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Religion

Recent Books, Talks, and Interviews about Religion.

Author names and titles are linked to Amazon or YouTube.

The purpose of this short list is to help provide access to recent writing by eminent scientists and scholars on issues relating to religion and religious behavior offering some counter weight to the vast faith based literature on this subject.

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Pascal Boyer (French anthropologist)

Religion Explained (2002)

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Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion (2008)

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Bart D. Ehrman (Leading Bible scholar):

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. (2007)

Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. (2007)

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) (2010)

Misquoting Jesus, Stanford Lecture, How Bible Got Tainted (video) (video, in 10 segments)

NB: Finally top Bible scholar "Professor Bart D. Ehrman" leaves Christianity.“ (video)

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Greg M. Epstein (Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University):

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonrelgious People Do Believe (2005)

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Jay R. Feierman (ed.) (Psychiatrist)

The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion.“ (2009)

(Contains a chapter by the director of this laboratory, Magnus S. Magnusson.)

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Sam Harris

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005)

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Guy P. Harrison

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God (2008)

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Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2009)

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David Mills

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism (2006)

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D.M. Murdock

The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. (1999)

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Michel Onfray (French philosopher)

Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

(Translated from French: „Traité d‘Athéologie“, 2006).

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Michael Shermer

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

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Victor J. Stenger (Physicist, astronomer, and philosopher):

God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist. (2009)

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J. Anderson Thomson

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith (2011)

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Robert Wright (philosopher & theologist)

The Evolution of God (2009)

 

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