The Bible is #2 on This List of the Best Books Ever. Guess What’s #1?

What’s the greatest book of all time?

It obviously depends on what measure you’re using: Most influential? Most copies sold? Most popular? You might get different answers each time.

Given all that, the folks at Priceonomics decided to create their own Best Books Ever list by compiling data from the popular website Goodreads:

Rather than collect the rating for every single book, we chose to collect data on the ten most popular books by each of the 9,000 authors who appear on Goodreads’ Best Books Ever list — a list which is independent of user ratings and voted on by particularly active members. We ended up with a dataset of over 23,000 notable books.

What they found was that the Bible — specifically the ESV Study Bible — came in at #2. It was beaten by this masterpiece:

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Podcast Ep. 108: David Smalley, Founder of Secular Media Group

We have a bonus mid-week episode!

David Smalley, host of the show Dogma Debate, was in my area a few days ago and took some time to chat with me about his new series of children’s books, the most effective ways to talk with people who disagree with us, and all things politics (Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and atheist candidates for office).

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Smalley is a former Christian musician who became an atheist after studying psychology, sociology, world religions, and his own faith. He soon turned into a secular activist.

He was the editor-in-chief of Secular World and American Atheist magazines, the author of Baptized Atheist, and now runs the Secular Media Group.

His company will soon release a children’s book titled Tiny Thinkers: Charlie and the Tortoise, written by MJ Mouton.

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J.K. Rowling on Her Protesters: I Didn’t Know “I’m Praying for You” Could Be So Intimidating

In a speech at the PEN America gala last night, author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling gave a wonderful talk about the freedom of speech.

While most of the media attention has centered around what she said about Donald Trump — she called him “offensive and bigoted” — I wanted to note something else she mentioned.

After acknowledging that her own freedom of expression hasn’t suffered much during her career because she was fortunate enough to live in a liberal country, she told some brief stories about people who opposed her work, including one “Christian fundamentalist”:

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An Atheist Explores the Philosophical Side of Resurrection

It’s easy to make up stories about what happens to you after you die — religions do it all the time. But what do we actually know about the afterlife? Does science have anything relevant to say about it, or is it silly to even ask?

Matthew O’Neil explores these questions and more in his new book After Life: Solving Science and Religion’s Great Disagreement (Ockham Publishing, 2016).

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In the excerpt below, O’Neil offers a philosophical take on the concept of resurrection:

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The Arabic Translation of The God Delusion Has Reportedly Been Downloaded 10 Million Times

I’m not sure about the legality, but if Richard Dawkins isn’t bothered by the copyright ramifications, then neither am I.

An unauthorized PDF translation of Dawkin’s The God Delusion, by Iraqi emigrant Bassam Al-Baghdadi, who lives in Sweden, has reportedly been dowloaded ten million times,

with 30 percent going to Saudi Arabia. Bassam said that there were over 1,000 downloads on the very first day after he uploaded it, and the numbers only climbed as the translation was picked up and shared on the blogs, websites and forums of prominent Arab atheists. The book has prompted unprecedented controversy and debate in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

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