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What are some good books for a newbie humanist who wants to know everything about humanism? I saw a video of A.C Grayling explaining about humanism. It was well and nice. How about his 'Good book'? Please suggest.
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Good Without God by Greg Epstein is an excellent, brief and readable intro to humanist ethics by a humanist chaplain. It doesn't have any responses to metaphysical arguments, and all the "fighty" stuff. Rather, it focuses on what living a humanist life looks like, how awesome, liberating and deeply ethical it is. As the subtitle states, the book is about "What a billion non-religious people do believe."
If you want to see a sustained argument for the value of humanism, check out AC Grayling's The God Argument. It contains nice classic responses to age-old theist canards.
If you want to read a real firecracker taking apart faith and exposing it's irrationality, while simultaneously teaching you how to argue with theists, Peter Boghossian's A Manual for Creating Atheists is great.
Finally, a personal favorite, Philosophers Without Gods, edited by Louise Antony. A collection of essays by various authors, it contains moving personal accounts of people leaving their religion, as well as excellent arguments and discussions of all sorts. Joseph Levine's "From Yeshiva Bochur to Secular Humanist" is a terrific essay that underscores the fact that people who leave religion do so often as a profound act of conscience.
Happy reading. And if you find anything along the way that inspires or puzzles you, post about it!
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