An Atheist Reads the Bible

A godless heathen’s religious experience

On the bedside table

Here we have a massively incomplete list of things I’m reading, things I’ve read, things that are sitting in the pile waiting to be read and things that I want to read but don’t yet own.

All lists are much shorter than they deserve to be.



Daniel C. Dennett, Freedom Evolves
Douglas R. Hofstadter, I am a Strange Loop


Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species


Graham Greene, The Quiet American
Dante, The Divine Comedy

Waiting to be read

However long this list gets I can guarantee that it’s less than half the length that it would be if I could remember everything I want to read.


Christopher Hitchens, God is not great


Stephen J. Gould, The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen J. Gould
Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia
Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect


Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Mervyn Peake, The Gormenghast Trilogy
Patricia Highsmith, Nothing that Meets the Eye
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice


Richard P. Feynman, Don’t You Have Time to Think?
James Gleick, Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics
Denis Brian, Einstein: A Life

Miscellanaous Non-fiction

Umberto Eco, On Literature


I shan’t be just moving everything into this category once I hit the final page. This section is reserved for books I actually think are worth reading. At some point I may expand this to include reviews.


Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth
V. S. Ramachandran, Phantoms in the Brain
Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat


Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett, The Mind’s I: Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul
Stephen Law, The War for Children’s Minds
Lou Marinoff, The Big Questions


Umberto Eco, Focault’s Pendulum
Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions
Glen Duncan, I, Lucifer
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Graphic Novels

Neil Gaimen, Marvel 1602
Neil Gaimen, Absolute Sandman vols. 1 & 2
Mike Carey, Lucifer



Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon


Ernest Nagel & James R. Newman, with a foreward by Douglas R. Hofstadter, Gödel’s Proof
Euclid & Sir Thomas Heath, The Thirteen Books of the Elements
Alfred North Whitehead & Bertrand Russell, Principia Mathematica

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