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Nexus Book Club

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

Discussion Forum

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jan 8. 15 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Dec 15, 2013. 1 Reply

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

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Keith Brian Johnson Jun 16, 2013. 5 Replies

Atheism books (beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, & Harris)

Started by Dr. Thoss. Last reply by Kelli Evans Nov 24, 2012. 52 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by Kosak Grabovsky Jul 24, 2012. 3 Replies

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Raven’s Gate, by Anthony Horowitz

Started by A Former Member May 18, 2012. 0 Replies

The Atheist Book Club @GoodReads.com

Started by Donegal. Last reply by Jessica Mar 28, 2012. 8 Replies

To all Lovecraftians

Started by Fabio. Last reply by A Former Member Mar 3, 2012. 11 Replies

I Don't Believe in Atheists, by Chris Hedges

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by D.O.S Jan 7, 2012. 7 Replies

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Comment by bob on January 31, 2010 at 8:43pm
I know I'm off topic here but Delillo's, or is it Dellilo's, new novel drops on 2/2...an event all book lovers should note and celebrate. He very well could be the best we have these days.
Comment by S.A. Alenthony on January 31, 2010 at 7:55pm
I'd been reading Dawkins' biology books long before he ever became the champion of atheism that he is now. I think TGD is okay, but he is best when writing about science.
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on January 31, 2010 at 7:13pm
Hey gang, if you find any New posts on the 4 Horsemen, let me know, I think I have read and watched the same ones enough times to have them memorized :) Like them or not, you have to admit Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens have become the flag carriers of our cause to bring some light into this dark evangelical country. I am one of many who for decades, was not religious but could not get my feet on solid non-belief ground until I found them and devoured their writings and debates. Thank You 4 Horsemen.
Comment by A Former Member on January 31, 2010 at 6:24pm
@Ester: Yes, how the writing style appeals to us is important. That is what I dislike about writers -- their style, moreso than their ideas.

My experiences are like yours. I've been atheist for decades, but only started dealing with atheism about 2 years ago, which is when I learned who Dawkins was.
Comment by Carrie on January 31, 2010 at 6:17pm
I am pretty anti-religion myself. I really do not think that it the content or the language. I think I just do not care for his style of writing, the long wild tangents and such. But really to each his own. That is what makes the world great.
I was also wondering if maybe the way some people seem to think the sun shines from his rear and some do not, has to do with how the person came to atheism. Some people come more or less on their own and some from reading people like Dawkins, not saying one is better or worse than the other just different. I came to atheism from, I guess experiences in my own life, and the fact that I was never really raised to be religious. And more than 5 years later picked up my first book on atheism so I wonder if you were religious and you found Mr. Dawkins and he was there providing evidence and support for atheism and then you decided that it all made sense if you would maybe appreciate him more? Just a thought. I am sure many people love him just because they love him and that is very fine, I am just not one of them ;)
Comment by Dave Kennedy on January 31, 2010 at 2:42pm
I just love the fact that it seems like many more members are contributing than in days past. Personally, I love Dawkins, have read The God Delusion and loved it, and am starting on The Greatest Show On Earth. Because Dawkins is so brilliant and writes with so much conviction, I just read his works slowly.
Comment by A Former Member on January 31, 2010 at 12:52pm
I read The God Delusion and I liked it very much. I love listening to him talk, and he writes well, too. I don't think Dawkins is arrogant or a windbag. I think he is accurate and confident, and I see nothing wrong with that. After all, it isn't scientists or atheists who are going around bombing people or persecuting people.

I think how we interpret any author depends on who we are as a person. Someone recommended a book by Cormack McCarthy, and I hated it so much I couldn't read it. I thought he was a dreadful writer. But he has a lot of fans. Go figure. Same with Stephen King. I'd rather vacation at Gitmo than read a King book.

Where we are in life, who we are, our attitudes, and our perception all play an integral part in how we interpret people, ideas, and the world at large. There's nothing wrong with that, really. If you don't care for Dawkins, just don't read him. : )
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on January 31, 2010 at 10:45am
I am not as interested in the presentation, as the message. The 4 Horsemen, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens are bringing the message of rational thought to millions that M. M. O'hare could not reach. Time has proven that accommendation for others feelings or beliefs when religion is the subject does not work. Our hesitation in strongly expressing our non-belief openly just makes us weaker in the long run. It is long past time that Atheists professed openly and loudly (as with the Gay struggle for equality), that, no, we will not go silently into the night, but stand up and fight for reason and truth.
Comment by Janine S. on January 31, 2010 at 9:44am
Ester, you are not alone. Personally, I don't mind him, but I have several atheist friends who can't stand him for the same reasons you list. Dawkins is very open with the fact that he does not respect religious views, and that definitely comes across in his writing. I think you will find that atheists who lean more towards the idea that all religious views are inherently deserving of respect have a more difficult time handling him. Not saying that is or isn't you, but that has been my experience. Dawkins believes that religion causes immeasurable harm to both the individual and society, and he sees no evidence that supports the claims they make. So from that point of view it makes a bit more sense that he would come across as he does. I believe he makes a pretty good analogy about this somewhere in The God Delusion, but I can't find it off-hand.

I'm in agreement with Dawkins on those particular views, so he is a bit easier read for me. But yes, you definitely aren't alone. I know several atheists who definitely agree with you and find him quite off-putting.
Comment by Jaime Miller on January 31, 2010 at 7:36am
Ester, its not just you. I've only been introduced to Dawkins via 2 videos, (can't remember the names, John will know). The first I didn't like, and actually thought he was a smarmy windbag, but I really like the most recent one that we watched. In it, he is interviewing people that have views both for and against evolution, where he comes across as warm, inquisitive, and patient. Maybe his publicist asked that he humble himself a bit? I'm looking forward to reading some of his work, but have many other books to read before I get there.
 
 
 

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