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The Atheist Bible

An atheist view on life, the universe, and everything

CC-BY 2006-2023 Fabian M. Suchanek

This book describes a worldview without gods and the supernatural. Unlike a number of other books, it does not merely argue that God does not exist or that religion is harmful. Rather, it offers an atheist view on life, the universe, ethics, truth, and the meaning of life — inspired by Secular Humanism. The book also explores the history, functioning, tenets, diversity, benefits and liabilities on the individual and society of the major world religions. It thus aims to be a comprehensive handbook that atheists can use to scrutinize, support, and enrich their perspective.

This book is available online for free at https://suchanek.name/texts/atheism. It is licensed by the author, Fabian M. Suchanek, under a Creative Commons Attribution license. See the legal conditions at the end of the book.

The Atheist Bible describes an atheist view on life, the universe, and everything. With 700 pages, it is one of the largest works on atheism.© Michel Desnoues, with permission

Book formats

The Atheist Bible is available in different formats: A printed form of the Atheist Bible is in preparation, but will not be available before the year 2025. In the meantime, you can print the PDF yourself (which is what I did for the picture).

This book is written in English. With Google Translate, this book is available also in other languages: Romanian (Biblia ateistă), German (Die Atheistische Bibel), French (La Bible Athée), and other languages (click here, choose your language on the right, and click the small arrow next to the link).

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Contents

Preface
The preface introduces the book from the author's point of view
Atheism and Atheists
Chapter 1: Atheism
Defines atheism, responds to common criticisms leveled against atheism, and introduces Secular Humanism as an alternative to religion .
Chapter 2: Atheists
Explains what it means to be an atheist and addresses common stereotypes about atheists.
The World
Chapter 3: Truth
Discusses the concept of truth.
Chapter 4: The Universe
Gives an overview of what science knows about the universe.
Chapter 5: Morality
Discusses morality and ethics from a Secular Humanist point of view.
Chapter 6: The Meaning of Life
Treats “the” principal questions of humanity: What is the meaning of life? And what happens when we die?
Gods
Chapter 7: Gods
Introduces an atheist view on gods.
Chapter 8: Proofs
Discusses proofs for the existence of gods.
Chapter 9: God of the Gaps
Discusses the idea (often brought forward by believers) that God is the explanation for the unexplained.
Religion
Chapter 10: Religion
Formally defines religions and gods and shows the diversity of today’s religions .
Chapter 11: The World Religions
Traces the history of religion from ancient rites to today’s world religions.
Chapter 12: Founding of Religions
Discusses factors that may lead to the creation of a religion.
Chapter 13: Following Religions
Discusses factors that may make people believe in religious statements.
Chapter 14: Memes
Analyses strategies that religions have developed in order to survive.
The Abrahamic Religions
Chapter 15: The Abrahamic God
Discusses the god of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Spiritualism, and the Bahai Faith.
Chapter 16: Christianity
Discusses the Christian worldview.
Chapter 17: Islam
Discusses the Muslim worldview. For security reasons, this chapter is not available here.
The Effects of Religion
Chapter 18: Criticism of Religion
Criticizes the effects of religion on people and society.
Chapter 19: Benefits of Religion
Discusses positive effects of religion on people and society.
Chapter 20: Conclusion
Contains a summary of this book, as well as an outlook on the future of religion, Secular Humanism, and atheism.
Chapters marked with are considered particularly edifying. Start with the preface!