Resources for Seekers
This page focuses on resources for people who are having doubts and seeking answers. If you know a good resource to support people who are seeking answers please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Resource Suggestions Form.
Exploring Belief Systems
God Virus 1: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture https://youtu.be/Ajdwru77hnc
God Virus 2: Crowd Psychology in Religion https://youtu.be/vrM6knrz5Cg
God Virus 3: Hypnosis in Religious Services I https://youtu.be/D8n654iuFy4
God Virus 4: Guilt Cycle https://youtu.be/flUBcNUMy28
God Virus 5: Music in Religious Services https://youtu.be/flUBcNUMy28
God Virus 6: Hypnosis in Religious Services II https://youtu.be/QSMLFiKl1G8
God Virus 7: Religion and Sexual Control https://youtu.be/rgJp9Nyxawc
God Virus 8: Sexual Guilt Cycle https://youtu.be/SLsNZ8vk1Xs
Conversation with Dr. Darrel Ray on Christian Fundamentalism and Sex
Psychology of Religious Beliefs Talks by Dr. Andy Thompson - Ever wonder how religious beliefs take hold? Science is discovering how religion & other supernatural beliefs hijack our brain’s natural processes to get us to believe impossible things.
Why We Believe In Gods https://youtu.be/1iMmvu9eMrg
The Science of Religious Belief https://youtu.be/uMmzQ7fi-9w
The Neuro-physiology of Religious Belief & Spiritual Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwGxji6Agw
Morality; From the Heavens or From Nature? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnXmDaI8IEo&t=16s
What Is Belief & Why Is It So Hard To Charge? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201810/what-actually-is-belief-and-why-is-it-so-hard-change
How Jesus Became God - Lecture by Bart Ehrman - Part 1 of 3
Holy Deception? A Recovering Fundamentalist Explores the Bible
Appropriate for ex-fundamentalists and others who followed a literal biblical interpretation, this book by Dennis Blue targets falsehoods and deceptions, explaining how the doctrine of biblical inerrancy binds it all together.
Thoughts for Doubting Believers
Leaving God - Why I left God and why so many others are too
The largest and fastest growing religion in the US isn’t a religion, it’s the absence of one. This video explores this shift, paralleling the filmmaker’s own shifting views, as the viewer rides along on a wild, often comical, search for Truth.
In all corners of the world and in all eras of history, people have wondered about the meaning of life, how to make the best of it, what happens afterwards, and if there is anyone or anything "out there." The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information - "just the facts" - on the various answers that have been given to these questions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them.
Religious Tolerance Org
This is a website that has a large variety of topics on a many world religions.
How to talk with people about how they formed the beliefs they hold.
Using Street Epistemology with Loved Ones
Where I Searched for Answers and Info
The author lists out resources of where they searched in their quest for answers. The resources are both atheist and Christian.
Get God's Self-Appointed Messengers Out of Your Head
Valerie Tarico - Which buzz phrases from your past are stuck in your brain? "God's messengers" were all real complicated people with biases, blind spots, favorite foods and morning breath. They were not gods and they are not you. So how can you get them out of your head or at least reduce them to muffled background noise?
Richard Wade at The Friendly Atheist answers letters about faith, doubt, and non-belief with thoughtful advice.
Ask An Atheist - Kids Without God - Dr. Darrel Ray
Young people, if you have an issue relating to religion but no one to talk to, ask Dr. Ray.
Critical Thinking Skills
The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center
This is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically. This Center contains an ever-growing selection of books, reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, PowerPoint presentations, student projects, papers, and videos that you may download and use in your own classes.
What Are You So Afraid Of Questions that help us change our perceptions & fears of change
History & Philosophy of Non-Belief
Secular Web Library – Huge online library of essays on non-belief, including a modern library and historical library (pre-1970).
Atheism and Agnosticism – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Atheism – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
What Is Atheism? A Short Introduction by Douglas E. Krueger, 1998
Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith, 1979
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby, 2004
The Problem of Evil
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
— The Epicurean paradox, ~300 BCE
The Problem of Evil – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Euthyphro by Plato, 395BC “Socrates: Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious? Or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?"
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - Scientist
Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677) – Pantheist
Voltaire (1694 – 1778) – Deist
David Hume (1711-1776) - Philosopher
Of Miracles from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume, 1748 “A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” and “That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.”
Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) - Naturalist
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) – Abolitionist & Suffragist
Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899) – Orator
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby (2014)
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) – Philosopher, Logician, & Mathematician
Madalyn Murray O’Hair (1919-1995) – Atheist Activist
Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) – Science Popularizer
Christopher Hitchens (1949 – 2011) - The Best of Hitchslap
The New Atheists – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Doubt - A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Hecht (2004)
Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression by Hector Garcia (2015)
The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John Wathey (2016)
Sex and Secularism - by Dr Darrel Ray and Amanda Brown (2011)
Childhood Trauma and the Origins of Religious Myth by Benjamin Abelow (2016)
Pew Research Center - Religiously Unaffiliated "Nones"
Atheism for Dummies: 20 Things I Learned About Atheism While Explaining it to Dummies
This site will give the reader an explanation of what science is and what is involved in understanding science. You can follow the Understanding Science 101 path through the site or jump around to different subjects that interest you. At the top right of the site you will see an option to explore an interactive representation of the process of science. The site also includes Misconceptions about science, A scientific approach to life: A science toolkit, and more.
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True - by Richard Dawkins (2011)
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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - by Richard Dawkins (2009)
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Why Evolution Is True - by Jerry A. Coyne (2010)
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Morality: From the Heavens or From Nature? - by Dr. Andy Thomson
Resources critical of god
These resources are ones for those who really want to go deep in their study and go there fast. These resources pull no punches.
God is imaginary This author puts together over 50 simple proofs that God is imaginary.
Truth Saves http://truth-saves.com/
Why won't God heal amputees? The author looks at a simple question (the name of the site is the question) and goes in depth to answer that question.
Wishful Thinking - Video Production by Street Epistemology
Welcome - Poem by Will Walsh
Ain’t Necessarily So - Song from play Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin
Imagine - Song by John Lennon
Unbelievers - Song by Vampire Weekend
Mama, I Don’t Believe - Song by The Avett Brothers
Thank You God -Song by Tim Minchin
Amazing Science - Amazing Grace parody song by Jaclyn Glenn
Family Guy vs Christianity - Cartoons by Seth MacFarlane
Religion is Bullshit - Comedy by George Carlin
Religion is Crazy - Comedy by Sarah Silverman