Does anyone have a favorite book that helped you in your transition out of your religion? As for me “The Awakening of Intelligence”, J. Krishnamurti was prodigious. There are others, but this one really resonated with me.
The King James bible ....the Jacob's Ladder was just too stupid for me to swallow along with obvious lies alleged vaginal virgins don't birth alleged baby gawds in dirty donkey stables ....too stupid like Santa Claus coming down our 6 inch chimney....I kept looking for boy Easter bunnies laying candy eggs on dogshit lawns in the bible...that lie I refused to even sniff....my dreams were real and bible lies were a cruel joke on us kids in Sunday school
God is NOT great, by Christopher Hitchens.
The God delusion, by Richard Dawkins.
Waking up, by Sam Harris.
Forged, by Dr. Bart Ehrman.
To name a few.
To be honest, I wasn't raised in a religious houshold, so I was never a believer, and never really thought anything about it.
But as years went by, and the internet bloomed, there have been an abundance of books on the subject. I could go all day on a ton of books, but my forementioned books are at my tops of those that really make one think, or question their norm.
I started really questioning religion when I was about 8 years old or maybe even younger BUT I tend to think that actually reading the Bible, aka The Goat herders Guide to the Galaxy, word by word, verse by verse, page by page, etc, plus being expelled from EVERY Xrstian Sunday School by the time I was 9 years old for simply asking questions only served to consolidate and reinforce my rejection of religion and all of its woo-woo.
Sam Harris' The End of Faith was my first specific book on nonbelief, and the start of a three foot long bookshelf on atheist writings.
My mind was certain decades before that deities were fiction, but it was instructive to read good arguments as writers became freer to express their opinions and reference existing writings that date back to Empedocles, Epicurus, Lucretius, from 450 B.C.E.to present. It rather amazes me that the painfully obvious hasn't been more widely understood.
I became an atheist at age 13, when I realized the Bible was just a book of stories written by men.
Michigan has a hard winter that year. Bored and restless, my brother, 10, and I decided to read the World Book Encyclopedias.
Reading about philosophers Descartes and Spinoza was fascinating. In the 1700s, they were bravely anti-deity and anti-church when heretics were burned at the stake. Their rationalism theories led to the Age of Enlightenment, focusing on science instead of the Bible.
Oh, yes, (waving hand in the air), I can answer that one! The book that helped me transition from a child who attended church (because of my parents, mostly my mother) to someone who understood that my life would be science-based was a child's version of a Greek mythology book. Several of them, actually, including Roman mythology and Norse mythology. I quickly realized - whilst reading these stories about the gods and goddesses - that early people did not have answers to what we now know to be scientific questions, so they made up gods and goddesses with personalities, abilities, and temperaments (or quirks thereof) that explained SO much. We now understand the scientific principles to explain natural phenomena. Voilà - no more need for gods and goddesses!!
By the time I was transitioning out of religion, I'd already been aware of several examples of how Christianity had subordinated other traditions and enforced its brand. In addition to Monty Python and Dave Allen, I would add the Inquisition, the story of Santa Clause / the Green Man, the origin of the word 'heathen', the early settling of America by Christians, and the draconian enforcement of church attendance in early Europe. The books that have resonated with me would include Sam Harris' End of Faith, Reza Aslan's Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and Michael Schumer's Why People believe Weird Things.
I’ve been looking at “ The awakening of intelligence “ for the last 5 years I have about 100 pages or so left. I’m at a point to were I look at that when I get a prompting . Some of the things posed in that collection of questions took me a year or two to see .
The Demon-Haunted World from Carl Sagan show how to approach the phenomena without a mystical or religious view.
To be an atheist is to continuously exercise this way of thinking and removing the shadows and demons in the corners.
One gunny book is Small Gods from Terry Pratchett, it is a massive critique on Organized religion and religion itself, Just a small spoiler, the group of atheists can only meet in buildings with copper roof because on that world gods obviously exist and smite non believers with thunders XD. This is also a critique on people that have to go loooooooong distances do justify an obvious wrong way of thinking.