It is actually a play..but I recommend every member of this community to read it. It is called- "Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht...It talks about the debate between religion and science-emperical evidence and blind faith..you must read it..a wonderful read.
I would also recommend 'Mind of God' which is one book I've come to worhsip..a great insightful book into the history of our universe...
The 3rd act of G. B. Shaw's Man and Superman, "Don Juan in Hell" is a great treatment of the Heaven/Hell bullshit.
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I like Dawkins But I think the God Delusion is one of the most overrated books in relation to atheistic readings. I mean Yes it is a good start but it's like how Watchmen is good start to get into "Good" Comics. SURE it does have merit. But is it the Atheist/Comic Book Bible (respectively) no.
Though related to the idea of non-theistic thinking my picks are (Forgive me I only recently started reading religious criticism voraciously):
The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
God is Not Great
Why am I not a Christian (Yes...A Lecture I know)
I too worship Life of Brian. Its an amazing critique.
I OWN but have not yet read:
God The Failed Hypothesis by Victor J. Stenger
The Dragons of Ede by Carl sagan
And Cosmos By Carl Sagan
I'm also in the process of going through: Cosmos: a Personal Voyage and Through the Wormhole with Morgan freeman
AS WELL As digesting many debates with Hitchens.
I'm super cliche what can I say.
There is a Pastafarian Bible out there, and the Principia Discordia, if you're looking for mock scriptures for comedic value.
As far as Greek philosophies that are non-theistic my favorite is Epicureanism, it's a very wholesome and inspiring humanist philosophy and the Epicureans were always very much egalitarians, they argued philosophy with women and slaves as equals in the Epicurean Gardens which was very progressive even for their times. The most prevalent scripture of the Epicurean movement as the Principal Doctrines of Epicurus.
Then there are the scriptures of Zen Buddhism, which is the most dynamic of all non-theistic spiritualities today. I really like the Dhammapada, which is the Gospel of Siddhartha Buddha. It really is a fountain if virtue. I've had it for years and still read it every now and then.
This may seem odd, but also the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible was apparently written by existentialists, agnostics or people with a philosophical mindset who questioned the afterlife (although they fell short of questioning the existence of God). It's full of practical advise in life and it's the height of the wisdom tradition in the Bible.