Recommended Reading & Viewing

Books, Documentaries, Online Videos



This page will grow over time. These are books I have read and recommend, most for positive value, a few as influential, some as evidence of false or disputed claims (*).

If you know of a book that belongs on this list, please send me a reference. Better still, submit a review (your own writing only please) to help me evaluate.


A Brief Guide to Islam, Paul Grieve
A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, Steven Kotler & Peter H. Diamandis
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, Thomas Sowell
A Universe from Nothing, Lawrence Krauss
Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality (The Great Courses), Robert Sapolsky
Breaking the Spell, Daniel Dennett
Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman
Cognitive Science, Religion and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds, Justin L. Barrett
Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean
Crazy For God, Frank Schaeffer
Deconverted, Seth Andrews
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War, Joe Bageant
Dianetics*, L. Ron Hubbard
Economics In One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt
Evolution, Donald R. Prothero
Freethinkers, Susan Jacoby
Free Will, Sam Harris
God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens
Going Clear, Lawrence Wright
How God Changes You Brain, Andrew Newberg
How the Mind Works, Steven Pinker
How We Believe, Michael Shermer
How We Learn (The Great Courses), Monica Pasupathi
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan, Kim Phillips-Fein
Irrationality, Stuart Sutherland
Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris
Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me), Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
On Being Certain, Robert A. Burton
On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
Origins of Life (The Great Courses), Robert M. Hazen
Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us, Avi Tuschman
Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
Prophet’s Prey, Sam Brower & Jon Krakauer
Reason, Robert Reich
Right Turns, Michael Medved
SuperSense, Bruce Hood
The Belief Instinct, Jesse Bering
The Believing Brain, Michael Shermer
The Bible*, various
The Big Three in Economics, Mark Skousen
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, Steven Pinker
The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins
The Book of Mormon*, Joseph Smith
The Christian Delusion, John W. Loftus
The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater
The Conscience of a Liberal, Paul Krugman
The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot, Russell Kirk
The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, James D. Watson
The End of Faith, Sam Harris
The Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison & Jay
The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
The God Virus, Darrel Ray
The Language of God*, Francis S Collins
The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins
The Moral Animal, Robert Wright
The Moral Arc, Michael Shermer
The Moral Landscape, Sam Harris
The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, Drew Westen
The Portable Atheist, Christopher Hitchens
The Qur’an*
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt
The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek
The Rocks Don’t Lie, David R. Montgomery
The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil
The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience (The Great Courses), Andrew Newberg
The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant
The United States Constitution
The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
Undeniable, Bill Nye
Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior (The Great Courses), Stephen P. Hinshaw
Waking Up, Sam Harris
Whose Bible Is It?, Jaroslav Pelikan
Why Atheists Are So Angry, Greta Christina
Why Evolution is True, Jerry Coyne
Why I Am Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell
Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer
Why There Is No God, Armin Navabi
Why We Believe In Gods, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr.

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