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A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

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Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
Audible.com
BookCrossing.com
BookMooch.com
The Internet Archive
LibraryThing.com
LibriVox.org
Project Gutenburg
Shelfari.com

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New books on the secular life

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Haruki Murakami

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"Cli-fi"

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top 10

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Top 5 Books on Atheism

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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow

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Atheism books (beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, & Harris)

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Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

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Why do they all have "happy endings"

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Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

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Comment by The Big Blue Frog on January 26, 2011 at 12:57pm

Tony, there are also other references. For instance, when the three men walk out of Nebuchanezzer's oven, the Bible says there was another with them who was "like a son of the gods." Many Bible translations Christify this by changing to "son of God." but the Hebrew word is "gods."

The word "Elohim" as a name for God in the OT is plural.

Comment by Tony Davis on January 26, 2011 at 7:02am
Thanks Joseph!
Comment by Joseph P on January 25, 2011 at 11:05pm

Tony, you might find these episodes of The Atheist Experience to be insightful:

 

#464: Gods of the Old Testament & Hebrews

#466: The horrible god of the OT

#483: Old Testament Gods

Comment by Tony Davis on January 25, 2011 at 7:34pm

Craig,

 

Thanks!  I had a feeling that was where this would take me.  I knew about other references to other gods "worship no OTHER gods before me" and the like, but just wondered about the "we created man in our image" stuff.

 

Thanks!  And I'll check out your book!  I am trying to write one of my own and like to see as many different perspectives as I can!

 

VR,

Tony

Comment by Craig A. James on January 25, 2011 at 7:01pm
Tony - Actually the Jews were polytheistic until around the time of Jesus.  The book "God against the gods" by Jonathan Kirsch has an excellent history. The oldest parts of the Old Testament talk about many gods in a number of places.  The Jews believed in many gods, but promised their fidelity to Yahweh only.  In the time between around 500 B.C. and a couple centuries A.D. their polytheism died out and was replaced by true monotheism.  At the risk of sounding self serving, I devoted a whole section of my book to this topic, why paganism turned to henotheism (worshipping one god but believing in many) and finally to monotheism. There are a lot of passages in the Bible that clearly refer to many gods and I quote some of them in my book (The Religion Virus).
Comment by Tony Davis on January 25, 2011 at 6:39pm

Hey folks, help me out there.  I am actually at a loss on this one!  And sorry, the only book I am talking about is the Bible... forgive me..  LOL

 

I have often sort of teased my monotheistic friends with the question "When God said in Genesis 'WE created man in OUR image', who was this WE if there is only one God"?

 

Now, I know all the answers from a Christian perspective.  That was Jesus already there, from the beginning as the Gospel of John said and that Jesus was the word through which God spoke existence into being, etc.,...  

 

But what of the Jews, who don't believe in the Triune God of Christianity?  Who do the Jews thing "WE" were?  Was this the "royal WE", as it "We are not amused!" 

 

Thanks!

Tony

Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 23, 2011 at 6:18pm
I didn't mind the "metafictional" ending, i'm glad you read it. I agree with you that it does offer a reasonable summary of philosophical schools, i definately recommend it to those who are interested in philosophy and want to start studying it, or just anyone who is into interesting mind bending fiction.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2011 at 2:26am
Yes, I have. It's not bad. Get's a bit metaphysical/metafictional at the end but is a reasonable summary of philosophical schools and tendencies, especially for those of us who don't speak academicese.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 21, 2011 at 6:54pm
Anybody here read the philosophy/fiction book called "Sophie's World"?
Comment by Giga Gnome on January 20, 2011 at 5:30am
Thanx for the Welcome. LOL@ the desperate plea for publicity. Is it available in ebook format cause with postage it's just not affordable for me to buy books in the USA or UK ( I'm in South Africa)
 
 
 

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