Notable Atheist Books
Good books about atheism and nonbelief.
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 51,020 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 18,651 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 31,192 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 20,909 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 387 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 11,471 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 11,466 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 133 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 6,803 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 204,501 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 61,715 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 16,704 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 28,101 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 4,800 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 10,769 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 1,216 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 4,412 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,466 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 161,842 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,481 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 9,031 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,239 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 18 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 13,508 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 9,990 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,876 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 5,612 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 10,101 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,580 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 114 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,970 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 48,821 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 49,899 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,439 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,827 ratings
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 13 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 119,645 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 5,534 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 777,376 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 4,276 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,702 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,359 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 467 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 11,996 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 55,504 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 34 ratings
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 28 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,977 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 79,486 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,408 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 4,094 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,857 ratings
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 140 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 116 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10,933 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 97 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 37 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,888 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 61,095 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,722 ratings
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 24 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 324 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 163 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 163 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,130 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,685 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 498 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 754 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 691 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 12,017 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 77 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 46 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 4,616 ratings
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 83 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 470,682 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 726 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 176 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 988 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 2,621 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 351 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 502 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 20,598 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 9,893 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 124 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 36 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,584 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 11,316 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 5,374 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 41 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 10,068 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,870 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 368 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 352 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 3,986 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 17,890 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 7,339 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,011 ratings
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293 books · 752 voters · list created June 19th, 2008 by Gary (votes) .
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message 1: by Janna (new)

Janna Do these have to be non-fiction?


message 2: by Gary (new)

Gary No, Janna. Fiction is welcome, too!


message 3: by C-tim (new)

C-tim How many of these books are not about atheism or non-believe? I count 4 but of course haven't read them all. Small Gods for instance is predicated on the existence of gods. No gods no story.


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message 5: by Gary (new)

Gary You got it, Kate. See, for example, the first 6 items on this list.


message 6: by Gary (new)

Gary The idea of an atheist canon is kind of funny, as atheism is not dogmatic by definition. It is true, however, that Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, and Dennett are very popular right now.


message 7: by Ewa (new)

Ewa I'm so glad I found this list! :D

It's great to see Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris so high up on the list, but I wish Robert G. Ingersoll was higher on the list, too.

His Lectures Of Col. R. G. Ingersoll-Latest is a must-read for everyone who agrees with these three authors and likes their books.


message 8: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Just stumbled across the God Delusion in my local library. Probably on of the books least likely to show up in a heavily religious community.


message 9: by Will (new)

Will IV The God Delusion isn't a very well-written book. god Is Not Great is a much better read.


message 10: by Therese (new)

Therese I feel like this list is a bit Ayn Rand-heavy. Not all atheists are Randroids, and from this list you'd think she was the new Messiah!


message 11: by Gary (new)

Gary I agree with you, Therese. I have just now cleaned up the list a bit, removing obvious outliers. I think some fan boy got a little excited. I usually comb through every couple of months to keep it on topic. Thanks for the heads-up.

Personally, I find Rand repugnant. I have left several of her books on this list as I understand other people have different opinions. Luckily, she doesn't show up until #74 on this list (as of this writing). Remember, you can vote other items up on the list.


message 12: by Therese (new)

Therese Thanks Gary, that's an improvement I think! By the way, I've recently had an atheism-themed novel of my own published. It's called A Lost Argument and has a Goodreads page. I hope you'll consider taking a look at it. If you like, I'd be happy to send you a free review copy of the e-book - and if you enjoyed it, you could then recommend it to your atheist friends?


message 13: by Therese (new)

Therese Will wrote: "The God Delusion isn't a very well-written book. god Is Not Great is a much better read."

Well, it's hard to beat Christopher Hitchens. I didn't make it all the way through God is not Great just because with me he was preaching to the choir, but I made sure to read at least a couple of chapters just to savor his ass-kicking prose for a bit ...


message 14: by Gary (new)

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message 15: by Will (new)

Will IV Therese wrote: "Well, it's hard to beat Christopher Hitchens. I didn't make it all the way through God is not Great just because with me he was preaching to the choir, but I made sure to read at least a couple of chapters just to savor his ass-kicking prose for a bit ... "

Yes, I've been itching to get some of his essays. I'll probably get Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens as soon as it's available in paperback.


message 16: by Tai (new)

Tai Tai Hello
I just created (only cause I couldn't find one) a freethinkers list for YA fiction. Can anyone add to the list with books they have read that are freethinking in nature? thanks!
Tai


message 17: by Gary (new)

Gary Tai wrote: "Hello
I just created (only cause I couldn't find one) a freethinkers list for YA fiction. Can anyone add to the list with books they have read that are freethinking in nature? thanks!
Tai"


Very cool, Tai! The whole "His Dark Materials" trilogy could go on that.

Thanks for the tip!


message 19: by Zack (new)

Zack Reagin I noticed that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is on this list. Even though Adam Douglass referred to himself as a radical atheist (using radical just so people would stop asking him if he meant agnostic), that book wasn't really about atheism in particular. There were occasional atheist-type jokes (i.e. God disproved his own existence when he created the Babel fish), and I don't personally object to it being on the list, but I felt I should point out that it isn't strictly about atheism.


message 20: by Mex (new)

Mex There are *FAR* too many books on the list that are not actually about atheism, or are so but only in passing. I love Douglas Adams as much as anybody, and the Hitch-hiker books are fantastic, but why are they here? The same goes for a lot of the listed books.

The one omission I am /very/ surprised about is there is no sign of the bible itself, from conversations I had with, and reading about atheists around the world from now going back many years. I would say the bible has created more atheists than all the books on this list put together.


message 21: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I am pretty sure Ehrman, who has three books on this list, identifies as an agnostic.


message 22: by Khalil (new)

Khalil its an Amazing List , Science and Philosophy together , what a trouble creationists have here XD


message 23: by Scott (new)

Scott Some Mistakes of Moses Easily. Or anything else by Ingersoll for that matter.


message 24: by Buck (new)

Buck Ward Interesting that The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins is in first place and also in 67th place. Is it a miracle?


message 25: by Gary (new)

Gary Strange. Not sure how that happened, Buck!


message 26: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I find books for athiesm to be pretty pointless. I kind of get the political side of the argument, but to 'prove' god doesn't exist seems kinda silly.


message 27: by Gary (new)

Gary Hi, Andrew, atheism does not attempt to 'prove' gods don't exist. It simply rejects the belief that gods do exist.

Which atheist books have you read?


message 28: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I think we are just arguing semantics.


message 29: by Gary (new)

Gary What else is there?


message 30: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Well, lots of stuff... just no God right? lol


message 31: by Mario (new)

Mario Edward Quiero leer todos estos libros.


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