Bibliographies

This was created for some Gale Publishing works around 2001

Selected books from the James Hervey Johnson Freethought and Humanism Collection located at the Center for Inquiry Libraries, Amherst NY. Timothy Binga, Director of Libraries.

Women Without Superstition: "No gods - No masters": the Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries by Annie Laurie Gaylor. Madison WI: Freedom From Religion Foundation, 1997. This is the premier biographical work of women Freethinkers. Short, concise biographies teamed with examples of their writings makes this work one of the best.

Encyclopedia of Unbelief by Gordon Stein, editor. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1985. Dr. Stein discusses the many areas of unbelief with articles on atheism, secular humanism, Freethought and rationalism. This work is a great reference work in a subject area that is largely ignored.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt by James Haught. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1996. This work contains quotes from many famous people on unbelief and what they think of religion.

Who’s Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Rationalists, and Non-theists by Warren Allen Smith. New York: Barricade books, 2000. This work shows the most prominent people of the past and present in the area of unbelief.

Humanist Anthology: From Confucius to Attenborough edited by Margaret Knight; revised by James Herrick; preface by Edward Blishen. Amherst, NY: Prometheus books, 1995. This revised edition brings together many writings about humanism from some of the world’s foremost thinkers of all time.

A Celebration of Humanism and Freethought compiled by David Allen Williams. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1995. A work similar to the Humanist Anthology, it shows what different writers through history have said or written about irreligiousness.

Galactic Rapture by Tom Flynn. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. This fictional work is a black comedy showing the extremes of religion. Warning: Mormons will not like this work. Purchase this work from Amazon.com, or Prometheus Books directly.

Robert G. Ingersoll: A Life by Frank Smith. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1990. A biography of the brilliant nineteenth’century orator known as the "Great Agnostic" who was heard live by more people than any other speaker.

Embracing the Power of Humanism by Paul Kurtz. Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2000. This book argues that one does not need religion to be a moral person and does it in a way that does not denigrate those who believe in religion.

Faces in the Clouds: a New Theory of Religion by Stewart Elliott Guthrie. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Guthrie shows that anthropomorphism is the reason why religion and the belief in gods became a norm for early societies.

In Defense of Secular Humanism by Paul Kurtz. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1983. This is a compilation work of Kurtz’s writings responding to the attacks on Secular Humanism by such groups as the Moral Majority.

Deconstructing Jesus by Robert M. Price. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. Dr. Price argues against many of the myths that have become associated with Jesus. Price is a member of the Jesus Seminar.

The Constitution & Religion: Leading Supreme Court Cases on Church and State edited by Robert S. Alley. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1999. Alley discusses the Supreme Court and cases that they have heard regarding the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. An excellent and balanced book.

The Presumption of Atheism, and Other Philosophical Essays on God, Freedom and Immortality by Anthony Flew. London: Elek for Pemberton, 1976. An intense philosophical work by one of the most influential writers of philosophy and belief in God.

The Necessity of Atheism, and Other Essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1993. This work written in the eighteenth century shows why atheism is necessary, and why it is a positive influence on society.

Atheism and Theism by J.J.C. Smart, J.J. Haldane. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1996. A discussion of the philosophy of atheism versus theism.

Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith. Los Angeles: Nash, c1974. Shows that the evidence against the existence of God is rather substantial.

Lead Us Not Into Penn Station: Provocative Pieces by Anne Nicol Gaylor. Madison, WI: Freedom From Religion Foundation, c1983. Written by the founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Gaylor’s work is a collection of pieces on atheism.



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