Thursday, March 5, 2015

God and the Multiverse: Humanity's Expanding View of the Cosmos - Victor J. Stenger

The last book of Victor J. Stenger

“The multiverse is one of the most exciting and controversial ideas in all of science today, with implications for both cosmology and theology, and there is no one writing on these topics better than Victor Stenger. With this book you are in the hands of a masterful thinker and writer. If you are going to read just one book on science and religion, this is that work.”
Michael Shermer

Victor Stenger shows that science’s emerging understanding of the multiverse—consisting of trillions upon trillions of galaxies—is fully explicable in naturalistic terms with no need for supernatural forces to explain its origin or ongoing existence.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation - Matt Ridley

"If my Selfish Gene were to have a volume two devoted to humans, The Origins of Virtue is pretty much what I think it ought to look like."
Richard Dawkins

Why are people nice to each other? What are the reasons for altruism? Matt Ridley explains how the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange, offering a lucid and persuasive argument about the paradox of human benevolence. Amazon

Monday, February 23, 2015

Russell on Religion: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell

Russell on Religion presents a comprehensive and accessible selection of Bertrand Russell's writing on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life. The influence of religion pervades almost all Bertrand Russell's writings from his mathematical treatises to his early fiction. Russell contends with religion as a philosopher, as a historian, as a social critic and as a private individual.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality - Darrel W. Ray (Audiobook)

A new book, SEX & GOD, which contains an extraordinary in-depth survey, shows how fundamentalist religions control the sexual nature of believers, while perpetuating their religious adherence. The book examines the psychological strategies and tactics that religions use to bind people to a wide variety of sexual prohibitions. Fundamentalist religions want its adherents to believe that a variety of sexual restrictions are the basis for happiness. However, Darrel Ray, a psychologist and the author of SEX & GOD, provides a vast amount of evidence from former fundamentalist believers that sexual performance and happiness increased after they left their religions. Atheism Resource

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Evolution for Everyone - David Sloan Wilson

"A well-written, page-turning narrative that can be enjoyed by anyone, and that also contains original ideas that simply must be read by professional scientists because they push the science forward."
Michael Shermer

These and many other questions are tackled by renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson in this witty and groundbreaking new book. With stories that entertain as much as they inform, Wilson outlines the basic principles of evolution and shows how, properly understood, they can illuminate the length and breadth of creation, from the origin of life to the nature of religion. Now everyone can move beyond the sterile debates about creationism and intelligent design to share Darwin’s panoramic view of animal and human life, seamlessly connected to each other. Amazon

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Faces in the Clouds: A New Theory of Religion - Stewart Elliott Guthrie

Religion is universal human culture. No phenomenon is more widely shared or more intensely studied, yet there is no agreement on what religion is. Now, in Faces in the Clouds, anthropologist Stewart Guthrie provides a provocative definition of religion in a bold and persuasive new theory.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Atheism And The Case Against Christ - Matthew S. Mccormick

"In my judgment, McCormick’s book is one of the best—if not the best—critique of the core of Christianity ever written."
—Michael Martin, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

"Finally, a first-rate philosopher weighs in and utterly demolishes any hope reasonable people have for believing Jesus was resurrected from the grave. . . . No other book presents a better case. Nothing more needs to be said."
—John W. Loftus, author of Why I Became an Atheist

Is the evidence about Jesus as it has been relayed to us over the centuries of sufficient quantity and quality to justify belief in the resurrection? How can we accept the resurrection but reject magic at the Salem witch trials? Does it make sense that the all-powerful creator of the universe would employ miracles to achieve his ends? Can a Christian believe by faith alone and yet reasonably deny the supernatural claims of other religions? Do the arguments against Christianity support atheism?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Science of Interstellar (2014)

A dream comes to life in the feature film Interstellar. The film Interstellar deals with the quest for new worlds and the faith of humanity. Sound like the stuff of science fiction? Maybe. But the foundations of this film are rooted in real science, thanks to the involvement of a renowned astrophysicist Kip Thorne.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wanderers - A realistic sci-fi short film

A mesmerizing and beautiful sci-fi short film by digital artist Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan (from his book The Pale Blue Dot).

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality - Darrel W. Ray

From the author of The God Virus

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality. This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don't get from sex and what you can do about it. Amazon

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