• David

    Not a book but the Teaching Company’s CD course “Skeptics and Believers” is the best overview of the interplay between secular and religious thought from the 17th century to the present day that I have ever heard. A better tool for understanding the issues and people involved could not be found.

  • Larry Baker

    When I got a copy of Alan Michael Wilt’s novel, The Holy Family, I wondered if I would be interested in reading it. At first I was merely intrigued by the title and the incongruous picture of a young girl’s blonde French braid on the cover. But from the first page I knew I had stumbled into a jewel of a book. I found myself reading and re-reading and putting stars by exquisite passages that took my breath away. Wilt begins by describing Marty Halsey’s battle with his Catholic faith–a religious upbringing that seemed to him to turn on dogma and rules versus the beauty and poetry of faith. The story follows Marty’s religious odyssey alongside the tender and breathtakingly sensual descriptions of his “courtship” and marriage to Justine Damont, the artist, the atheist, the loving and charming wife, and the devoted mother of their two daughters. Early on, you understand that Marty and Justine have suffered a horrible loss and are trying to “hold it together” for each other. I found myself simultaneously wanting the details of their loss and yet dreading the details I knew I would be given. I was also afraid that a too-neat resolution would end this story and make me sorry I went for the ride. Instead, what I got was a pitch-perfect ending to a deeply moving and thought-provoking story of love and of faith in “the beauty and poetry” of human emotions.

  • I hate to plug my own book (lie), but I would recommend “Bible Stories”. It’s a comedic re-telling of the Bible. It’ll make you laugh!

    here’s a sample chapter: http://www.thegoodatheist.net/bible-stories-preview/

  • The Holy Family by Alan Michael Wilt
    In this always provocative tale, the reader is invited not only to consider his or her own emotional attachment to faith, but to revel in the richness of character so beautifully depicted by Mr. Wilt. From the first chapter, the reader is drawn into the complex questions so many face today: to believe or not to believe.
    The Holy Family is so much more than the sum of its parts. Aside from its well-crafted and beautifully told story, it is a book to sustain during those times when grief threatens to overwhelm. Wilt is a gifted storyteller and writer, one from whom I hope to hear much more in days to come.

  • Cathy Miller

    I also was excited to find Alan Michael Wilt’s book – given to me by a friend and author Daryl Ray (who wrote Sex and God – another good read) – it made me cry – it’s one of the wonderful novels that isn’t preachy and that both believers and nonbelievers alike can appreciate. I liked it so much that I chose it to write a professional review on NY Journal of Books – check it out!

  • Another self-plug: The book “Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith.”

    Lots of books out there about the “why” of atheism, not many about the “how.” How do you think about morality, science, reality, so much more, as an atheist?

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  • brettongarcia

    Maybe this list is too conciliatory for most atheists? Atheism seems far more interesting and compelling to many – when it doesn’t compromise with religion at all.

    These compromises often seem far too wishy-washy, mealy-mouthed. Typical double talk; trying to have your cake and eat it too.

    If you’re interested in some kind of in-between area between Religion and Reason – why not look more into what I would call the Rational Religion of say Augustine. Rather than trying to sentimentalize Atheism.

  • Greg Peterson

    I think Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy is a wonderful antedote to C.S Lewis’s “Chroniclesof Narnia,” and a ripping yarn to boot.

  • More self-promotion: What You Don’t Know About Religion (but Should)

  • Dang Griffith

    I am not a paid endorser, and have never met the author, but I also recommend this book.

  • Chris, may I bring this short free ebook to your attention:
    “The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion”

    Info and download links at http://dandana.us/atheism/

    Thanks,
    Dan

  • Maria

    “Holy Unbelievable” by PC Dixon is a brilliant read. The author rips apart the biblical texts in hilarious fashion – give it a go!