I like these two books because they poke hundreds of holes in the Christian dogma.
"Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman, The story behind who changed the bible and why.
"God's Problem" also by Bart Ehrman, How the Bible fails to answer our most important question - Why we suffer.
Mr Ehrman has a very impressive background. It wasn't easy for him to give up his religious upbringing.
Also would like to recommend the movie "Religulous" by Bill Maher
Atheists don't worship ne kinda books
Hoot mon, ye are correct.
I actually like reading the Bible to drive a wedge in the teachings of Christianity. One needs to know as much or more than a Christian funny-mental if one is to debate and argue effectively. study the book of Jeremiah. The Prophet of the Old Testament did not believe the law was given to Moses. He said so in several places and his writings prove the Christian assumption of Jesus as a perfect sacrifice is a false belief. Jeremiah wrote that god did not give the Jew the law of sacrifice for the atonement of sins, which is what the Christians claim made Jesus a perfect sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. Even the prophet Hosea claimed god 'desired mercy and not sacrifice.'
The other book I like to read is Farewell to God by Charles Templeton, the other half of the Billy Graham Crusades, who left the ministry as an agnostic until his death.
I too like to use their bible, esp. the older verses, because so few xians know them and also because they twist themselves into pretzels trying to come up with a response which makes sense of the crazy words quoted right from their sacred texts. A bit of humor helps when noting that we shouldn't be alive because their bible directs parents to kill children who are mouthy towards their parents, and so much other stuff that we couldn't make up if we tried.
The Silmarillion. More plausible and coherent than the xtian bible.
I've read the bible, cover to cover, it does help me argue but the only reason I got through it was because I was christian back then.
Moving on to good books (excuse the pun), anything by Adams, Pratchett or Dawkins.
There is a book you can say I worship called Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, it's a novel which explains the philosify of objectivism (which is turn is a non-religious (i.e. based on logic and reason) moral system), to give you an idea of what objectivism is about, Ayn Rand also wrote "the virtue of selfishness".
Zecharia Sitchin's "Genesis Revisited" is a very interesting analysis of the Sumerian History of the origins of what became the Torah, a.k.a. The Old Testament...
Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is an amazing overall look at the redundant impropriety of the Universe.
Roger Zelazny's "Amber Chronicles" (Which starts with "9 Princes in Amber") takes a look at how the world we know is a "Shadow" imitation and reflection of the TRUE world called Amber.
I prefer the Principia Discordia, subtitled How I found Goddess and what I did to Her when I Found her.
My wife and I based our wedding on the book. Fortunately, where we married (Colorado), that is allowed.
Both the Hitchhiker's trilogy and the Dirk Gently books (all by Douglas Adams)
There are no such things as sacred texts.