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    This is a 'work in progress' thread. We welcome you to post resources and suggestions and they will be added to these first posts.

    Please only list items you highly recommend as the list could blow out and lose focus. Think of resources others will benefit from and the information is reliable etc

    Please pick me up on any mistakes, bad links etc
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    *NEW* Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless- Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. - Link
    The Christ-Myth Theory And Its Problems
    - Robert M Price you can get a ebook copy at this website

    Atheist Guide to Reality - Enjoying Life Without Illusions
    by Alex Rosenberg - Philosophy Chair at Duke University, NC, USA. KIndle Edition $11.69
    Arguing about Gods - Graham Oppy
    The best atheist book I have ever read. Oppy is an Australian philosopher of religion. He tackles the best contemporary theistic arguments for god.

    Logic and Theism - Jordan Howard Sobel
    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection - Charles Darwin
    Breaking The Spell - Daniel Dennett
    The Dog Allusion - Martin Rowson
    Why We Believe In Gods - J.Anderson Thomson
    The Debunking Handbook - Cook, J., Lewandowsky, S. (2011), The Debunking Handbook. St. Lucia, Australia: University of Queensland. November 5. ISBN 978-0-646-56812-6. []
    Get it here
    in PDF form. (Thanks, Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing.)
    Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett. - Talks about the impact of Darwin's theory of Natural Selection, its implications for religion, and its significance in culture.
    Towards the Light - AC Grayling, Bloomsbury London 2007 - The story of the struggles for liberty and the rights that made the modern West
    (Sample online and reviews here)

    The Meaning of Things - AC Grayling, Orion Books London 2007 - A collection of short essays (Sample online and reviews here)
    What is Good? - AC Grayling, Phoenix London 2007 (Sample online and reviews here)
    The Closing of the Muslim Mind by Robert R Reilly - How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis (Reviews)
    Why I am not a Christian by Bertrand Russell - very much like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, but with a more philosophically forceful approach rather then the biological/science approach that Dawkins takes.
    The Good Book; A secular bible by A. C. Grayling - A great collection of humanist works and thoughts on a variety of issues, but half of it is also a history book recounting various East vs. West conflicts of ancient times. Great reference for showing that morality and ethics are possible without any divine authority.
    The Devil in Dover - Lauri Lebo The New Press New York 2008 - This is the story of Kitzmiller V Dover. Kitzmiller sued the Dover School Board because of the imposition of intelligent design into science classes. She claimed intelligent design was religion rather than science. The court agreed.

    Letter to a Christian Nation
    - Sam Harris
    The End of Faith - Sam Harris
    God is Not Great - Christopher Hitchins
    The Missionary Position - Christopher Hitchins
    Godless - Dan Barker
    The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
    The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
    The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
    The Case of The Pope - Geoffrey Robertson, QC
    Telling Lies for God - Ian Plimer
    Then why do I have toenails? - Thom Phelps
    The Portable Atheist
    (selected readings for the nonbeliever)
    Misquoting Jesus - Bart Ehrman.
    Jesus Interrupted: - Bart Ehrman.
    Why evolution is true - Jerry Coyne

    Contributions by: Lord Blackadder, Sieveboy,knowledge is power, Praxis, Rockran, StrangeControl, The Irreverant Mr Black, Ernie, Cat, Caio, DanDare, skepticworld, andrew84, Catherine Hearse, Sebastian, rayne

    Fiction Books
    Blind Faith - Ben Elton
    Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    His Dark Materials trilogy - Philip Pullman
    - Northern Lights aka 'The Golden Compass'
    - The Subtle Knife
    - The Amber Spyglass

    Contributions by: Lord Blackadder, Rhys, Justtristo
    Books on Religion
    The Holy Bible - a bunch of Bronze Age Goat Herders
    Q'ran - a bloke who was jealous of the goat herders, 500 years later
    The Book of Mormon - a bloke who didn't even own any goats, but did have a hat and some funny-looking rocks
    Tao te Ching - a different perspective that has little to do with goats, but much to do with Natural Philosophy as bastardised by people who didn't have much to do with goats

    Contributions by: Goldenmane
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    Pharyngula - PZ Myers Pharyngula

    Group Sects: - about exploitative christianity. Australian-based, with a worldwide focus.

    The Freethinker
    : - "The voice of Atheism since 1881". UK-based news about religion, woo and the people who stand against them.

    Why I Deconverted From Evangelical Christianity: - Former PhD theologian Ken Pulliam writes. His debunking of the "penal substitutionary theory of atonement", (aka "Jesus died your you") INDEXED HERE is a resource of great value.

    Goosing the Antithesis:
    "is full of resources. For the word hungry this is more than your average smörgåsbord too." - Crocodile

    WEIT - Jerry Coyne (The good cop to PZ's bad cop).

    The Friendly Athesit (Just as the name suggests).

    Contributions by: Loki, The Irrevent Mr Black, Crocodile, StrangeControl


    *NEW* Paul Almond - (posts on Rational Skepticism)
    There is no god, and yes I can say that.... "which is the article that tipped me over the edge into declaring myself a "hard" or "positive" atheist (I already identified as a "weak" or "soft" atheist when I read it) and ..."- Nicko
    Against the Supernatural as a Profound Idea... "which argues that the supernatural has some fundamental problems with it as a concept" - Nicko
    Protiums 500+ Atheism vs. Theism debates - extensive resources on common arguments/discussions/debates.

    Cosmological Kalamity Dan Barker's excellent debunk - "Ontological arguments are arguments, for the conclusion that God exists, from premises which are supposed to derive from some source other than observation of the world—e.g., from reason alone. In other words, ontological arguments are arguments from nothing but analytic, a priori and necessary premises to the conclusion that God exists. "

    Theist, Gnostic, Agnostic, Atheist? - - davo helps explain the differences between these labels.

    GLOSSOWARY - A collection of AFA forumisms (AFA members section)

    Contributions by: Loki, Protium, The Irrevent Mr Black, davo, Nicko

    Movies of Interest

    *NEW* Parrot - Australian Short Film as seen at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention - (watch Online!) "In the wake of his brother's untimely death a young atheist scrambles for emotional support as the relationship with his deeply religious parents crumbles."


    - Jodie Foster "Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine." - IMDB

    The Man From Earth
    The Man From Earth - "An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years."

    Religulous - Bill Maher (A satirical look at the worlds belief system and the horrors these beliefs may seek to bring).

    Inherit The Wind
    Inherit the wind - (Largely ficitionalised/dramatiesed account/courtroom drama of the 1928 Scopes Monkey Trial).

    Contributions by:Freethinkeroz, Fearless, StrangeControl
    *NEW* Debates
    *NEW* Richard Dawkins:
    Q & A 9.4.2012 (Dawkins V Pell)
    *NEW* Christopher Hitchens:
    Does God Exist (Hitchens V Turek)
    Contributions by: Sebastian

    Documentaries and Presentations

    *NEW* Penn And Teller: Bullshit (episodes 19 & 79)
    *NEW* The Real Eve
    The search for the first women from whom we all descent.
    *NEW* Richard Dawkins Collection (check Google Video and You Tube):
    - Nice Guys Finish First
    - The Blind Watchmaker
    - Growing Up In The Universe
    - Break The Science Barrier
    - The Root Of All Evil?
    - The Enemies Of Reason
    - The Genius Of Charles Darwin
    - Faith School Menace?

    *NEW* Presentations:

    Bible's Buried Secrets 1 & 2
    A doco by the BBC, great secular historical story about the Old testament, Jewish history etc.(Series on YouTube starts here)

    Atheist Foundation & Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit
    Test Proposal (2 parts)

    "For every Australian to watch, I would recommend this for background information on how religion affects everybody's life financially" - Crocodile

    Part 1 -
    Part 2 -

    or watch from here:

    Carl Sagan's Cosmos
    Carl Sagan's Cosmos series - "Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the Universe. " - IMDB

    Contributions by: Crocodile, Freethinkeroz, Caio, Sebastian
    Podcasts and Vidcasts
    The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is great. LINKY to XML Subscriber Thingy George Hrab's Geologic Podcast. This is irreverent, mad, musical, over the top!

    Skeptic Zone

    Skeptoid by Brian Dunning. Each episode is only about 10 mins long. He's all about debunking and has a very dry delivery:

    Token Skeptic Kylie Sturgess covers the latest ideas and issues, from psychology to philosophy and ethics, science, critical thinking, literacy and education

    The American "Free Thought Radio" group

    TED Talks - a vidcast with some of the most amazing presentations by people on the cutting edge in all fields. An absolute must see.

    BBC Podcasts Is generally a good one from the BBC World Service. In particular at the moment Prof Dawkins has a 3 parter on the human genome.

    The Atheist Experience - The Atheist Experience - TV on the Interwebz

    Contributions by: The Irrevent Mr Black, Praxis, Podblack, senectus, SinisterDexter, Soup Dragon, StrangeControl
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    Leading Personalities Pages - Newsfeed, Updates, Videos, Articles, Tweets, Shop, Forum - Daniel C. Dennett's Home Page - Site for all things Sam Harris - Dr. Thomson’s current research interest is in the area of evolutionary psychology and using its principles to understand depression, suicide terrorism, and religious belief. - Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge
    Infographic posters on logical falacies -

    Christianity Disproved
    - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc a wealth of information in the world of atheism for the keen atheist.

    The Nizkor Project - Fallacies - A list of common fallacies often referenced here in discussions.

    Skeptically Speaking world's first skeptical talk back show!

    Snopes Snopes - Urban Legends Reference Page "regarded as online touchstone of rumour research"

    RationalWiki RationalWiki "Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science. Documenting the full range of crank ideas. Explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism. Analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media movement."

    Internet Sacred Text Archive -"Handy reference to major religions, superstition, folklore etc."

    Iron Chariots - Iron chariots - "Iron Chariots is intended to provide information on apologetics and counter-apologetics. We'll be collecting common arguments and providing responses, information and resources to help counter the glut of misinformation and poor arguments which masquerade as evidence for religious claims."

    Talk Origins - Talk Origins - "Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy"

    National Science and Education Centre - - "The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education."

    The Richard Dawkins Foundation - The Richard Dawkins Foundation - "Support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering."

    Hungry Beast - Hungry Beast - "Hungry Beast was a weekly, half-hour, TV show on ABC television combining journalism, comedy and the reportage of weird. "

    Contributions by: Podblack, Fearless, Loki, Protium, poppa-b, StrangeControl, SchrodingersWombat, rayne, Sebastian

    Social Media (Twitter/Facebook etc)
    The #atheism Daily - It creates newspapers based on links shared daily on twitter .. creating effectively a daily paper of popular stories

    Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc on Facebook -

    Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc on Twitter

    Think Atheist on Twitter -

    Contributions by: Fearless, davo

    You Tube Channels

    - "Curiosity is a GOOD thing" - sciencey atheist vids

    NonStampCollector - (ex-Christian who uses cartoons to highlight problems with the Bible)

    The Thinking Atheist - (ex-Christian promoting atheism)

    Evid3nc3 - (ex-Christian with a series about his deconversion and other videos promoting atheism)

    richarddawkinsdotnet - "Richard Dawkins is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken atheist."

    WEIT (no affiliation to Jerry Coyne, but has numerous quality science documentries on evolution).

    profMTH (Excellent resource for biblical errors)

    The bible sceptic (Very detailed videos debunking almost every word of the bible).

    Contributions by: Freethinkeroz, StrangeControl, Sebastian
    Atheists On... Islam
    Islam: What the West Needs to Know (time: 1:38:41)- Everything you've always wanted to know about Islam but were afraid to ask.*NEW* Jihad Watch - http://www.jihadwatch.orgJihad Watch is dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world, and to correcting popular misconceptions about the role of jihad and religion in modern-day conflicts.

    - The online resource on Islam

    The Skeptic's Annotated Quran
    The Skeptic's Annotated Quran

    Contributions by:
    Crocodile, BlueDevil
    Talk Rational - "A Republic of Freethought"
    Rationalskepticism - "A lifeboat for the rational mind"
    Rationalia - "Friendly rabid atheists (mostly)"
    James Randi Educational Foundation
    Secular Cafe - "the Secular Café is for "people who want to socialize, share support, and debate or discuss intellectual subjects such as religion, science or politics in a relatively civil and friendly environment."

    Contributions by: Loki
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    *NEW* Discussions
    Richard Dawkins:
    Discussions With Richard Dawkins <- You Tube This
    Who Says Science Has Nothing To Say About Morality?
    Richard Dawkins/Lawrence Krauss Stanford University <- Part 1 of 12 starts here
    Derren Brown Interview <- Part 1 of 6 starts here

    Contributions by: Sebastian
    *NEW* Conferences/Conventions/Rallies
    AAI 2007 -
    AAI 2009 -
    The Reason Rally 2010
    The Reason Rally 2012
    Global Atheist Convention 2010
    Global Atheist Convention 2012

    Contributions by: Sebastian

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    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."Philip K. Dick

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    How about a category for other sceptical and rational web communities and blogs?

    For a start;


    Talk Rational
    James Randi Educational Foundation
    Secular Cafe



    I'm sure there are many more.
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."Philip K. Dick

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    Good thinking Magoo, will do

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    Great resource

    It creates newspapers based on links shared daily on twitter .. creating effectively a daily paper of popular stories
    Spearthrower: "There are words like vacuous & cunt that are applicable."

    (delta p)*(delta q) >= h/(4*pi) ----- An explanation of Logical Fallacies : ----- ferox deo vacuus vinco ----- How do I post video etc here?

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    Quote davo said View Post
    Great resource

    It creates newspapers based on links shared daily on twitter .. creating effectively a daily paper of popular stories
    Thank you, added

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    For every Australian to watch, I would recommend this for background information on how religion affects everybody's life financially:

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