We board of directors and members of the Reason Center know how important books and learning are to the freethought community. And that’s why the Reason Center includes a dedicated library available to Reason Center members for borrowing available books.

For those who are not familiar with many of the critically engaging books about atheism, skeptical inquiey, non-belief, humanism, and freethought philosophy, the following is our recommended list of books for getting started. The list includes very well written books, with a wide spectrum of opinions, insight, and analysis.

Note: Reason Center partners also run regular book club discussions. These groups include the SacFAN Book Club and Books and Brunch, hosted by the Black Humanists and Non-Believers of Sacramento.

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Links in the book titles go to the Goodreads.com where you will find more information and reader reviews.

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, by Betrand Russel

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularismby Susan Jacoby

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, by Greg M. Epstein

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, by Guy P. Harrison

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, by Greta Christina

The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion, and Others Should Too, by Candace R.M. Gorham

The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris

God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Sciece Shows That God Does Not Exist, by Victor J. Stenger

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists, by Dan Barker

Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, by Sikivu Hutchinson

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens

There’s Probably No God: the Atheists’ Guide to Christmas, by Ariane Sherine

Your Recommendations?

The above recommendations are in no way definitive. We invite you to add your recommendations in the comment section below.

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