The list author says: "If you are thinking about what life means, there are really not too many radically different options. One of the more aggressively proposed alternatives these days (which doesn’t make it wrong, just in your face) is what is termed the “New Atheism”. In particular there are a group who refer to themselves as the Four Horsemen: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. Combined, these fellows live by this mission statement: “Intolerance of ignorance, myth and superstition; disregard for the tolerance of religion. Indoctrination of logic, reason and the advancement of a naturalistic worldview.” I used to believe much of what they profess for various lengths of time in my life, and I no longer do. Why? I came to believe that atheism is illogical and harmful to both humanity and the environment. I am also a Christian, which is a separate reason for why I initially rejected atheism, although it is now a reason why I would not revert to that line of thought. What I am providing in this listmania is a selection of books that point out the illogic, superstition, intolerance and harmful outcomes of the materialistic worldview."
"A deist, the author is an established mathematician/scientist who is a critic of the types of question-begging, illogic and philosophical underqualification found in many of the New Atheists, in particular Richard Dawkins."
"A short and to the point examination of Dawkins' misuse of reason. After reading this, you will begin to think of the "Three Horsemen" instead four. Dawkins really is the amateur among them. It is also a very non-caustic and funny read, unlike Dawkins' mean-spirited antics. A good place to start even if you have yet to have the pleasure of reading the Big D."
"Demonstrates what happens when an educational institution embraces logical positivism instead of Natural Law. He ends the book by showing that every documented culture has maintained a similar code of morality, the Tao, and that without a belief in this Way, we become “men without chests”, merely advanced animals with leaders ruling over robot-like humans, leading to the abolition of man."
"There is no reason to trust your reason if it is the result of merely natural causes that have no Mind behind them, which is the thesis of atheistic materialism. Atheists can’t know if their atheism is true because of their primal logical fallacy. This is what Chesterton referred to as “the suicide of thought.” Think about it for a while. On what grounds do you trust your thoughts?"
"I can’t sum this up in 400 characters, so please read Bestick’s thorough review. Basically, for the purposes of this list, it boils down to the fact that post-Enlightenment thinking places an illogical trust in scientific observation and that it needs to be reconsidered along the lines of the humanities to have a more solid footing. A very seminal book."
"If God does not exist, everything is permissible. A study of the struggle to find meaning in suffering. It raises the problem of evil and its equally troubling (and often overlooked) counterpoint, the problem of good."
"The best one-stop read on the question of scientific materialism's failure to account for itself. A very slim but deep read that includes a massive amount of secondary texts to lead to a season's worth of reading. One of my favorites, it ties directly into Lewis' Abolition of Man and Miracles."
"This book demonstrates that evil is often the result of overconfidence in one’s own importance. Much of the mass-murdering of the 20th century stems from such the megalomania of the atheistic régimes of Communism, which is the social culmination of atheism: no human rights, the leadership knows best, and that means 100 million die."
"The amazing accounts of one Father Arseny, a priest who suffered and loved greatly under the illogical and evil orders of the Soviet system only because he taught the "evil and harmful" doctrines of Christ. A compelling story; that is, if you believe in right and wrong. Otherwise you can't figure out why the old priest is so darn stubborn about loving those who torture him."
"A very short and engaging introduction to the topic. University students have really enjoyed reading and discussing this one. The author shows how theism is not at all irrational, by weighing the various arguments pro and con."
"Hart is amazingly well versed in the topic in terms of history and philosophy and serves as an excellent guide through the pseudo-philosophy and the knowledge falsely so-called of the 'new' atheists(but not new in arguments, just anger, misanthropy and misunderstanding)."
"One stop shopping for an examination of what we mean by belief, knowledge and metaphysics. Twenty essays by various authors and perspectives, this is not easy reading and some background in philosophy and theology is useful, but to those who seek, it is rewarding."