As suggested by one of my guests, here is a list for Christians that would like to familiarize themselves with what atheists think. Please make suggestions for sources to be added.
Most of these links will be to Amazon since that’s easiest, but make sure you think about your local booksellers when looking for these books. They also are likely available on interlibrary loan at your local branch. The links are in no particular order. If books are out of copyright, a great source that may have them is Project Gutenberg. There are country-specific ones so look about.
The Bible – this website has a bunch of versions plus the abilty to search by keyword and by chapter/verse. Some versions of the bible also have commentary. You too can see just how silly the thing is.
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart Ehrman – Ehrman is a Biblical scholar and has written many books. This is the one I’ve read so far.
What Do You Do With a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity – a humorous tour through Christian history.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – One of the “classics”. I haven’t read this. Christians often think all atheists worship Dawkins. And they are wrong.
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Hitchens – another “classic”. I haven’t read it either. Hitch was a good pro-atheism writer but I can’t forget he was quite mistaken when it came to other things.
Letter to a Christian Nation by Harris – the last of the triumvirate of “classics”. Again, haven’t read it.
Why Evolution Is True by Coyne – good overview of evolutionary theory, without being too technical.
Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by Plotz – a compliation of David Plotz’s column for Slate about the Old Testament. Humorous from Jewish man’s point of view. Here are the columns on Slate.
Testament by Meslier – The book by a French Catholics priest on atheism. It was found after his death, and that was probably very good for Meslier’s continued existence. Quoted by Random Thoughts, and reviewed by another atheist here.
The tyranny of god by Joseph Lewis – The link is to Project Gutenberg’s copy. Lewis is American, mid-20th century.
A history of God by Karen Armstrong – British author who has done a lot of analysis of religion and history. I’ve read this one of hers: Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today’s World Very through review of how the Crusades started and how they are still screwing up the world today.
Atheism the case against God by George Smith – American teacher and philosopher
Why I am not a Christian by Bertrand Russell – one of the most famous 19th century free-thinkers.
Letters from the Earth – by Mark Twain aka Samuel Clemens. One of his best.
Eve’s Diary (with lovely art nouveau illustrations!) by Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens
Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven – short story by Twain. A version of heaven in Twain’s inimitable style e.g. bitingly sarcastic.
In defense of Atheism: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam by Michel Onfray – A French philosopher.
Why are you atheists so angry?: 99 things that piss off the godless by Greta Christina – a well-known blogger in the atheosphere, Greta does a great job in answering that old theist question.
Various writings by Dan Barker, former pastor and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Right now, it seems the link to Dan’s personal deconversion story is broken but you can listen to it on the link above, “Losing Faith in Faith” talk .