The Best Atheist Books of 2014

For the past several years, we’ve seen a large number of atheism-related books hit the market. Unlike the books written by the “New Atheists,” however, the more recent releases aren’t just about why you should stop believing in God or how religion is bad. They cover different aspects of atheism and cater to a variety of audiences.

Last year, I put together a list of my favorite books of the year and I’m excited to do it again now. These are the books I’ll be referencing for years to come and the ones I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore faith with a critical eye.



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Atheist Billboards in Religious Cities Say: “Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas is to Skip Church!”

A new billboard campaign from American Atheists shows a little girl writing a letter with the (very blunt) message: “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”



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Duggar Family Sex Tips

Given the “side hug” and abstinence before marriage, the New Yorker‘s Paul Rudnick informs us of other Christian sex tips inspired by the Duggar family:



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Canadian Homeopaths Tell Parents to Give Their Babies Sugar Pills as an Alternative to Vaccines

CBC’s Marketplace, an investigative consumer program in Canada, ran a wonderful (and disturbing) report on what homeopaths are telling parents to do in lieu of vaccinating their children. We know what they said because Marketplace had mothers visit these homeopaths with a hidden camera in tow.

Turns out the “doctors” are spreading Jenny McCarthy-style misinformation (like telling them that measles is virtually harmless for children over the age of one) and telling parents to give their infants sugar pills as an alternative to vaccines.

One of the graphics in the segment even made clear how much of an active ingredient was in those sugar pills:



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Finally, Pastors Are Beginning to Seriously Deal with Mental Illness

Yesterday’s New York Times had a front page story about Christian pastors finally talking about the serious problem of mental illness, helping members of their congregations who are struggling with it.

We know there has always been a stigma associated with mental illness, but the church has had trouble with this subject for unique reasons:

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