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The Cure-For-Christianity Library

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INTRODUCTION

“What do you think about the upheaval in Jesus studies?”                                                        THIS IS THE QUESTION I WOULD so much like to pose to my Christian friends—to be met, I am sure, in most instances–with blank stares. “What upheaval?” Because they are not paying attention. In fact, the Jesus question has been removed from the exclusive domain of Bible scholars and ecclesiastical functionaries. Most New Testament scholars have been, and remain, committed to the Jesus faith. These are the folks who, in the words of one observer, “…still write books manufacturing and manicuring Jesus to look like they do.” Secular observers decided that this biased community could no longer be trusted to provide honest answers on who and what Jesus was. So you will find plenty of titles on this list by secular analysts who have opened up Jesus studies as never before—and exposed its faulty methodologies and conclusions, e.g., Richard Carrier, Robert Price, David Fitzgerald.

Of course, it’s not just Jesus; theism in general and Christianity in particular have been subjected to penetrating, withering critique. As I point out in the Introduction of my book, we are experiencing—and have been for some twenty years—an unprecedented atheist publishing surge. This has never happened before. Ever. There are more than 275 titles on the list below. Some of the titles predate 2000; I have included them because they are classics in the deconstruction of Christianity, e.g. H. L. Mencken’s Treatise on the Gods (1932) and Charles Guignebert’s Jesus (1935). Not all of the authors cited here are atheists, but one thing that they do have in common is their conviction that the Christian brand of theism—no matter how successful it has been—has been falsified.

My purpose in this Cure-for-Christianity Library is to document many of the resources now available to inquiring minds, and I do hope that Christians can take the hint: use this list to get a grasp of what all the fuss is about—why we have been smacking Christianity down so emphatically—and get a move on! Tackle the homework.

These are the resources that have come to my attention, in book form. Admittedly, this approach may have an archaic aroma. Books? What percentage of the populace—spread across multiple demographics—still reads books? But even for people who no longer pick up hard copies, the titles listed here can be considered portals; many of the authors on this list have their own websites, Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter accounts. “The Internet,” it has been said, “is where religion goes to die.”

In my book I have presented ten tough problems in Christian thought and belief, to whet the appetite. Please pursue research, read, probe: find out how Jesus, Christianity and theism have all been so convincingly slam dunked.

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Abram, Cheryl,

Firing God, 2014

Alcántar, Fernando,

To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason, 2015

Alter, Michael,

The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry, 2015

Andrews, Seth,

Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason, 2012

Angier, Natalie,

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, 2008

Antony, Louise, ed.,

Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life, 2010

Arel, Dan,

Parenting Without God: how to raise moral, ethical and intelligent children, free from religious dogma, 2014

Avalos, Hector,

Baggini, Julian,

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, 2003

Baker, Brian,

Nonsense from the Bible, 2012

Barbera, Don,

Black and Not Baptist: Nonbelief and Freethought in the Black Community, 2003

Barker, Dan,

Beaumont, Paul,

A Brief Eternity, 2013

Bekius, Drew,

The Rise and Fall of Faith: A God-to-Godless Story for Atheists and Christians, 2017

Benson, Ophelia & Stangroom, Jeremy

Blackford, Russell & Schüklenk, Udo,

Boghossian, Peter,

A Manual for Creating Atheists, 2013

Boyer, Pascal,

Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought, 2002

Brewster, Melanie, ed.,

Atheists in America, 2014

Bradley, Raymond,

God’s Gravediggers: Why No Deity Exists, 2016

Brodie, Thomas,

Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a Discovery, 2012

Callahan, Tim,

Secret Origins of the Bible, 2002

Carroll, Sean,

Carrier, Richard,

Centre, Bart,

Chaney, Daniel, 

Religion Refuted: Debunking the case for God, 2018

Christina, Greta,

Chumney, David, 

Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts, 2017

Comings, David,

Did Man Create God? Is Your Spiritual Brain at Peace With Your Thinking Brain? 2008

Compere, John,

Outgrowing Religion: Why a Fifth-Generation Southern Baptist Minister Left God for Good, 2016

Conner, Jonah David, 

All That’s Wrong with the Bible: Contradictions, Absurdities, and More,  2017

Conner, Robert,

Coyne, Jerry,

Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, 2015

Cragun, Ryan,

Crane, Tim,

The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View, 2017

Cunningham, George,

Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer? A Geneticist Responds to Francis Collins, 2009

Daleiden, Joseph,

The Final Superstition: A Critical Evaluation of the Judeo-Christian Legacy, 1994

Daniels, Kenneth,

Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary, 2010

Dawkins, Richard,

Dennett, Daniel & LaScola, Linda,

Caught in The Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, 2013

Dennett, Daniel,

DeWitt, Jerry & Brown, Ethan,

Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Belief to Atheism, 2013

Doherty, Earl,

Eden, Jason,

That’s Me In the Corner: Coming Out as An Atheist on Facebook, 2014

Edis, Tanner,

Ehrman, Bart,

Einhorn, Lena,

A Shift in Time: How Historical Documents Reveal the Surprising Truth about Jesus, 2016 

Eller, David,

Epstein, Greg,

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, 2010

Evans, D. K.,

Emancipation of a Black Atheist, 2017

Ferris, Timothy,

Coming of Age in the Milky Way, 1988

Finklestein, Israel & Silberman, Neil Asher,

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, 2002

Fitzgerald, David,

Fodor, James,

Unreasonable Faith: How William Lane Craig Overstates the Case for Christianity, 2018

Fox, Robin Lane,

The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1992

Fredriksen, Paula,

From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ, 2000

Garcia, Hector,

Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression, 2015

Garst, Karen L., 

Gilgamesh, Horus,

Gill, Tyson,

Belief in Science and the Science of Belief, 2010

Gorham, Candace A.M.,

The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion—and Others Should Too, 2014

Grant, Michael,

Saint Paul, 2000

Grayling, A.C.,

Guigneberg, Charles,

Jesus, 1935

Hafer, Abby,

The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not, 2015

Hallquist, Chris,

UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus, 2009

Harbour, Daniel,

An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Atheism, 2001

Harding, Nick,

How to Be a Good Atheist, 2008

Harris, Sam

Harrison, Guy,

Harvie, Robin. & Meyers, Stephanie, eds.,

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, 2010

Harwood, William,

Mythology’s Last Gods: Yahweh and Jesus, 1992

Hawking, Stephen & Mladinow, Leonard,

The Grand Design, 2012

Hecht, Jennifer Michael,

Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson, 2004

Helms, Randel,

Hitchens, Christopher,

Houk, James, 

The Illusion of Certainty: How the Flawed Beliefs of Religion Harm Our Culture, 2017

Hunsberger, Bruce & Altemeyer, Bob,

Atheists: A Groundbreaking Study of America’s Nonbelievers, 2006

Hyppolite, Carolyn,

Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born Again Atheist, 2014

Jacoby, Susan,

James, Craig,

The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God, 2010

Jefferson, Thomas

The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Press, 2011

Jelbert, Glenton,

Evidence Considered: A Response to Evidence for God, 2017

Jenkins, Philip,

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years, 2011

Jillette, Penn,

God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, 2012

Johnson, Chris,

A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God, 2014

Johnson, David, et al,

Still Unbelievable: Why after listening to Christian Arguments We Are Still Skeptics, 2018

Joshi, S. T.,

Kelly, Joshua,

Oh, Your God!: The Evil Idea That Is Religion, 2016

Kennedy, Ludovic,

All In the Mind: A Farewell to God, 1999

Kick, Russ, ed.,

Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion, 2007

Kiekeben, Franz

Klein, George

The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections, 1990

Klein, Peter

Beyond God: Why Religions Are False, Outdated and Dangerous, 2018

Komarnitsky, Kris,

Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? 2009

Krauss, Lawrence,

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, 2013

Lalli, Nica,

Nothing: Something to Believe In, 2007

Lataster, Raphael,

Law, Stephen,

Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole, 2011

Lee, Adam,

Daylight Atheism  (2014)

Lehto, Bill, ed.,

Atheist Voices of Minnesota: an Anthology of Personal Stories, 2012

Le Poidevin, Robin,

Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 1996

Lewis, Ralph,

Finding Purpose in a Godless World: Why We Care Even If the Universe Doesn’t, 2018

Lindsay, James,

Lindsay, Ronald,

The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What To Do, 2014

Lobdell, William,
Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace, 2009

Loftus, John,

Long, Jason,

Maccoby, Hyam,

The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity, 1998

MacDonald, Dennis,

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark, 2000

Mack, Burton,

Madison, David, 

10 Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: a Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows Why You Should Ditch the Faith, 2016

Maisel, Eric,

The Atheist’s Way: Living Well Without Gods, 2009

Malkin, Vitaly,

Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness, 2018

Mark, Jeffrey,

Christian No More: On Leaving Christianity, Debunking Christianity, And Embracing Atheism And Freethinking, 2008

Martin, Michael,

Martin, Michael & Monnier, Ricki, eds.,

Matheson, Chris,

The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate), 2015

McAfee, David,

McCormick, Matthew,

Atheism and the Case Against Christ, 2012

McGowan, Dale,

McGowan, Dale, ed.,

Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics, 2012

McGowan, Dale; Matsumura, Molleen; Metskas, Amada; Devor, Jan,

Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief, 2009

Mencken, H. L.,

Treatise on the Gods, 1932

Mehta, Hemant,

Miller, Richard C., 

Miller, Richard J.,

Mills, David,

Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism, 2006

Mitchell, Deborah,

Growing Up Godless: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Without Religion, 2014

Molyneux, Stefan,

Against the Gods? A Concise Guide to Atheism and Agnosticism, 2011

Murphy, Derek,

Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The Fascinating Parallels Between Two of the World’s Most Popular Literary Characters, 2011

Murray, Malcolm,

The Atheist’s Primer (Broadview Guides to Philosophy, 2010

Musolino, Julien,

The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain from Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs, 2015

Navabi, Armin,

Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God, 2014

Nixey, Catherine,

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, 2018

Niose, David,

Onfray, Michel,

Atheism Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam, 2011

Orenstein, David & Blaikie, Linda,

Godless Grace: How Non-Believers Make the World Safer, Richer and Kinder, 2015

Ostman, Cami & Tive, Susan,

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, 2013

Ozment, Katherine,

Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, 2016

Palmer, Michael,

Paulkovich, Michael

Beyond the Crusades: Christianity’s Lies, Laws and Legacy, 2016

Perakh, Mark,

Unintelligent Design, 2003

Pervo, Richard,

Pfeiffer, C. Boyd

No Proof at All: A Cure for Christianity, 2015

Pinn, Anthony,

Price, Robert,

 

Price, Robert & Suominen, Ed

Evolving Out of Eden, 2013

Price, Robert & Lowder, J. J., eds.,

The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond The Grave, 2005

Prothero, Stephen,

Rafferty, Tom,

Making Stuff Up Is Unwise: An Introduction to Reason, Skepticism and Science, 2012

Ray, Darrell,

The God Virus: How Religion Infects our Lives and our Culture, 2009

Ripley, Bob,

Life Beyond Belief: A Preacher’s Deconversion, 2014

Roncace, Mark,

Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About, 2012

Russell, Bertrand,

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, 1967

Sagan, Carl,

Seidensticker, Bob, 

Shermer, Michael,

Silverman, David,

Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, 2015

Silverman, Herb,

Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, 2012

Sjørdal, Jonathan Erik, Two Witnesses: Hebrew Texts Changed By The Greek New Testament, 2009

Sledge, Tim

Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith, 2018

Smith, George,

Atheism: The Case Against God, 1979

Stefanelli, Al,

Stedman, Chris,

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, 2013

Steele, David Ramsay,

Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy, 2008

Stenger, Victor,

Stephens, Mitchell,

Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World, 2014

Tarico, Valerie,

Templeton, Charles,

Thomas, J. Anderson & Aukofer, Claire,

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith, 2011

Thompson, Thomas,

The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David, 2005

Thompson, Thomas & Verenna, Thomas S., editors,

Is Not This the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus, 2014

Torres, Phil,

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse, 2016

Tuchman, Barbara,

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, 1987

Tyson, Neil deGrasse & Goldsmith, Donald,

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution, 2014

Vincent, Marc,

Liberation from God: Step Away from the Fairytale, 2014

Watson, Peter,

The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live since the Death of God, 2014

Wells, Steve,

Werner, Michael,

What Can You Believe If You Don’t Believe in God? 2017

Wathey, John,

The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing, 2016

Wheaton, Billy & Fuller, Joy,

Hooks and Ladders: A Journey on a Bridge to Nowhere with American Evangelical Christians, 2009

Whitmarsh, Tim,

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, 2015

Wilson, A.N.,

Winell, Marlene,

Leaving the Fold, 2006

Young, Matt,

No Sense of Obligation: Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe, 2001

Young, Matt & Edis, Tanner,

Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism, 2004

Zichterman, Jocelyn,

I Fired God: My Life Inside—and Escape from—the Secret World of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Cult, 2013

Zingrone, William A.,

The Arrogance of Religious Thought: Information Kills Religion,  (2016)

Zuckerman, Phil,

Zuckerman, Phil; Galen, Luke; Pasquale, Frank,

The Nonreligious: Understanding Secular People and Societies, 2016