Here are some of the books that I read in 2007 that inspired thoughts and new ideas:
Alister McGrath – The Twilight of Atheism
A fascinating historical account of modern day unbelief.
Antjie Krog – County of My Skull
A journalist’s experiences while covering South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged
A fictional story of the collapse of society and the beginning of the next Dark Ages, written by the founder of Objectivism.
Bill Bryson – A Short History of Nearly Everything
A fun account of the entire history of the universe, including tales of the strange and eccentric men and woman who contributed to scientific discovery.
Danny Wallace – Join Me
The hilarious true story of a British man’s endeavour to get people to join him. Join him for what? No reason at all.
Hugh Ross – The Creator and the Cosmos
A fascinating account of old earth creationism
Jack Bowen – The Dream Weaver
A Sophie’s World kind of story about a boy who travels on a journey of philosophical discovery.
Julian Baggini – Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
I recommend this anyone who wants to know what atheists believe. Very concise and non-confrontational.
Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
A dystopian novel set in the USA sometime in the future, where woman have lost all their rights.
Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A wonderful fictional story about an gifted, but autistic, boy who recounts his attempt to solve the murder of a neighbour’s dog.
Richard Carrier – Sense and Goodness without God
A philosophical defense of metaphysical naturalism
Richard Dawkins – Climbing Mount Improbable
Richard Dawkins is at his best when he is not writing about religion. This book provides a fascinating view of evolution, and it is here where Dawkins describes his 'Climbing Mount Improbable' take on natural selection. His love for biology oozes out the text and, for me at least, invigorated my own sense of wonder of nature.
Richard Dawkins – The God Delusion
It's a pity that this is Dawkins' most popularised work. He has written better. An overview of atheistic thought, although many atheists might not fully subscribe to Dawkin’s conflict narrative concerning science and religion.
Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner – Freakonomics
Does abortion reduce violent crime? Does the method of parenting really make a difference to a child? These, and many other interesting questions, are tackled by an eccentric economist who uses data mining techniques to find interesting patterns in society and culture.
Tom Clark – Encountering Naturalism
A brief overview of metaphysical naturalism
Victor Stenger – God: The Failed Hypothesis.
An argument against Stephen Jay Gould’s NOMA principle. Stenger argues that science does have something to say about the existence or non-existence of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God, and concludes that the evidence for such a god is left wanting.
What books did you read in 2007 that inspired your thinking?