Atheism Reading List
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>---===--- Introductory works.
For those that are "new" to atheism or are just engaging their atrophied literacy for the first time. If you're still in high school and/or attempting to overcome a lifetime of indoctrination, these are the books for you.
>John Shook - The God Debates (2010)
If you run into a lot of clowns on Facebook or just want a fresh start on what this whole "God" thing is all about, this is the book you're looking for. Shook lays out the full spectrum of theology and philosophy here with an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the God debates yet manages to keep it accessible, and whoever you are, you're likely to learn from this book. This is an excellent book for high schoolers and philosophy first-timers.
>J.L. Mackie - The Miracle of Theism (1983)
As the oldest book on this list, this is probably the first "modern" atheist book. Mackie lists almost all of the common theist arguments here in this extremely thorough tome and goes through the whole gallery of philosophers, from Kant, Kierkegaard, Descartes, etc. all the way up to the likes of WLC or Plantinga. I would call this book the Elements of Style of atheism. A great introductory work to the God debate.
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Can we talk about the particularly Orthodox themes in Dostoevsky, like existentialism, confession and universal reconciliation? I'm not really sure why the last thread got deleted, I guess because talking about religion in Dostoevsky is bad and we can only talk about him from a secular perspective? Go figure. *shrugs*
One thing I think plays a prominent role in his work is the Orthodox conception of hell. Unlike the Roman Catholic conception, hell is not a state of separation from God, it is actually the same as heaven. God's love is a fire and a light, and it bliss for those who love it, but agony to those who hate it--the corruption of sin gets in the way of fully feeling it penetrating our being, which is comfort to some, but a hindrance to others. A good illustration, I think, is how after Raskolnikov commits his murders, love becomes almost unbearably hateful to him, he doesn't want people to care for him, it's painful. He is in a state of hell. Porfiry is, of course, Satan, the Adversary (the explicit giveaway is him winking with his left eye, a motif also used in The Brothers Karamazov by Smerdyakov).
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Hey /lit/, so seeing as your board is totally inundated with newcomers currently, should we have a QTDDTOT (questions that don't deserve their own thread) thread to try and tidy things up?
Anyways, I'll start with a few I have.
>what Dostoyevsky do I need to read before Karamazov?
>what are some good resources for checking on the quality of various editions/translations of a book, so I don't buy a shit one?
>what are some good online resources for learning better grammar, prose and for learning to analyse a book for themes, characters and prose?
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"Mixed in with his actual writing skills, Pynchon discusses the thematic relevance of the times he lived in and their effect on his stories. He describes the fifties as "static," saying that one year was like any other giving the overall feeling, "there seemed no reason why should it all not just go on as it was." He felt that there grew from the era an atmosphere of self censorship, partly responsible for his immature dealings with sex. Also, he felt that it led to his "Racist, sexist, and proto-fascist talk," which he actually apologizes for. This may also have grown out of his two years' service in the Navy, which he admits had their effect on his work."