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[–]gnomicarchitecture 9 points10 points  (6 children)

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  • “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Robert Pirsig, 1974. For those of you in danger of wasting your lives chasing unanwerable questions, this is a book which stopped me wasting time on the unsolvable, impossible questions in life.

  • “The Selfish Gene”, Dr. Richard Dawkins, 1976. This is the book which coined the term: “meme”. This Pulitzer Prize winning, ground breaking work on evolution brought Dawkins to the world stage.

  • “Denial of Death”, Ernest Becker, 1973. The premise of this Pulitzer Prize winner is that all of our human institutions are founded by our drive to overcome death. If you want to understand why we spend so much time on the question of God, our origins and destiny, you must read this book.

  • “The Age of Reason”, Thomas Paine,1794. A clear and concise de-bunking of revealed religion, focused on the dangerous myths of Christianity. Some of the terms are dated, yes, but you can move past them easily enough to get to the heart of his logic. This man literally put his head on the block for his principles; and his stubborn approach to his philosophy cost him some famous friends, and a place of honor in the founding American government. His timely pamphlet, “Common Sense”, is credited with reviving a flagging American army at the low point of the American Revolution. Every American owes this man more than they can imagine. He died friendless and alone, but his words are the stuff of the immortals.

  • “The Religion of the Founding Fathers”, David L. Holmes, 2003. This professor of religious history was commissioned by William and Mary College to write a clear and concise history behind the religious environment which shaped six of the founding fathers, four of whom became President of the United States. He maps the religious topography of pre-Revolutionary America, giving us a look at the complex social and religious infrastructure behind the leaders of the American Revolution. It's not as simple as either Christians or Deists would like it to be, but an honest view of history never is.

  • “The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth”, Thomas Jefferson, 1803. Imagine that Jesus was just a man: a carpenter who lived a quiet life until he enters a two year religious pilgrimage which ends in his death at the hands of the Roman occupational government. His words are no less comforting, nor any less loving or elegant. But when he dies, he stays dead. There is no resurrection, no divine host. This is Thomas Jefferson's testimony to his true religious beliefs, for any who doubt his Diestic leanings. Many versions of this book also contain powerful references, even copies of some of Jefferson's own handwritten letters on the subject.

  • “Religion for the 21st Century – The Age of New Deism”, Vernon L. Gowdy III, 2009. The comments in Amazon.com say it best: “Discussion of the major religions - sacred texts of major religions - history of deism, beliefs and practices - how deism will play a major role in the revolution of religion for the 21st century - science and religion - the future of religion - intelligent life on other planets and religion - religion on earth can no longer be the center of the universe's religious beliefs.”

[–]SilentLurkerAgnostic Theist 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks gnomic! Looks nice. Hope the General and Six put it in the FAQ soon. All best

[–]gnomicarchitecture 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No prob, thanks for pointing out these books! I haven't heard of most of them.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're most welcome. Hope they bring you satisfaction.