Advocatus Atheist to the Rescue: Secular Humanism Reading List


I have a dear friend who is stuck in the quagmire of unreason and blinkered thinking we call America’s Bible Belt, and due to forces outside of her control, has been forced to become one of the numerous closet skeptics afraid to voice her doubt for fear of negative peer pressure, of being ostracized by family and friends, and receiving undue scorn should she speak her peace of mind. Regrettably, she would have to endure all sorts of ill will in her overly zealous community at the hands of undereducated and intolerant religious partisans if she should confess her “honest to God” thoughts and opinions.

As such, she has asked me to offer those in want of a new perspective a list of humanist and secular morality that might seek to enlighten her where the Bible and her faith has failed. Who would I, an advocate of reason, be to deny such a request? It would be irresponsible of me to ignore somebody’s pleas of desperation and longing to seek deeper truths and insights–truths which religion so often ignores, or else, intentionally gets wrong in order to proclaim its own superiority. So if you’re looking for another viable perspective on ethics, morality, and the meaning of life, this list of reading is essential.

Here is a collected list on Secular Morality and Humanism book recommendations (I’ve only read about half of the books listed, but the others are in my queue to be read as I get time to). Please allow yourself to pick from the list of what sounds more interesting or pertinent to you:

Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Paperback – Mar 1, 2008)
 Great Traditions in Ethics by Theodore C. Denise (Author), et al.
A Secular Age by Charles Taylor

*Humanism (on Wikipedia)
Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus, medieval Muslim polymaths such as Ibn Rushd, Enlightenment thinkers like Denis Diderot, Voltaire, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and modern freethinkers, agnostics and atheists such as Bertrand Russell and Robert Ingersoll.
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