Looking for reliable information resources. .

First off, I'm new here so, hi! I would like to ask for suggestions on reliable, and credible sources for information on religion in general, and Christianity in particular. I want to do a personal research paper on the History, and validity, of the Christian religion, as it is the religious indoctrination I was subjected to growing up. I am more or less convinced there is no God, but I want to do the research to make sure. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Atheist Answer: 

Hi wtfi54rasm,

You're actually asking for three essential things.

1.) Resources on the validity (or lack there of) of Religion

2.) Resources on the psychology of indoctrination (if not on belief in general)

3.) Resources on atheism (or rather, resources on evidence for a god's nonexistence)

For a great book on the psychology of primitive man, and why religion was possibly introduced into society, the two best books that I am aware of on the subject are Daniel Dennet's, Breaking the Spell - which deals specifically with the indoctrination of man into these beliefs and how to get yourself out of that indoctrination, and Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind which deals with primitive man's mental development, and how they viewed the world through their primitive brains, and thus the development of primitive ideas such as "god".

For resources on the validity of Christianity, the book Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman is a very good introduction into who changed the Bible, and for what purpose. Although he is a bit of a scholarly fossil, and I don't agree with all his conclusions, his work is pretty outstanding as far as it goes. Unfortunately, the vast amount of research one needs to do in order to see all the flaws of Christianity is extensive, and can not be read in a few books. Although, a start would be to read the Bible from cover to cover, and mark down all the contradictions and fallacies within, take notes, and check them when you're finished.

For a specific book dealing with the origin of Christianity, I would suggest getting a copy of my book when it is published.

For an excellent resource on god's nonexistence, I would recommend the message boards on the Atheist Network and the Rational Response Squad websites.

The best to you,

Rook Hawkins

Please help me get my resources so I can continue to historically show the inadequacies of the Bible and early Christians.
My wish list.


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ain't no flies on Jesus

Here are some books which I’ve found very useful . . . you can buy used copies, probably find them in a decent undergraduate library. Basically, it is valuable to appreciate that xianity is merely another religion which had a beginning, a middle, and will have an end. There’s nothing special about it -- and it deserves attention only because of its domination of the West.

Wilken, R. The christians as the romans saw them. Yale. 1984.
Looks at the roman intellectual and governmental reaction to the rise and spread of xianity. Period from roughly 100-400 CE. Provocative concluding chapter on xianity as a "jewish heresy."

Celsus. The true doctrine. (trans/intro RJ Hoffman) Oxford. 1987.
Translation of the greek original published perhaps at the request of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, about 180 CE. Presents many arguments against xian beliefs and practices. An “pagan” intellectual’s condemnation of an upstart religion. One he considers “atheistic” and unpatriotic. Quite amusing in some places. And, from our xian-ridden perspective, highly ironic.

Onfray. M. Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
Recent translation of Onfray’s French text. Basically, a work in history and historiography. Good sections on Jesus as a fiction and on fundamentalism, especially within Islam. Deserves to be better known.

Look up these volumes at amazon.com and you’ll find lots of others.