The Atheist Bible

An atheist’s view on life, the universe, and everything

CC-BY 2006-2022 Fabian M. Suchanek

This Book

This book describes a world view without gods and the supernatural. Different from a number of other books, it does not merely argue that God does not exist or that religion would be harmful. Rather, it offers an atheist view on life, the universe, ethics, truth, and the meaning of life. It also discusses the history, the functioning, the tenets, the diversity, the benefits, and the liabilities of the major world religions. It thus aims to be a handbook of “what the educated atheist has to know”.

Book formats

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
The Atheist Bible is available in different formats: The book is not available in printed form, unless you 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).

All versions of the book are under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Please see the legal conditions at the end of the book.

Structure

The book consists of 6 parts. Each part contains several chapters. Each chapter contains several sections. Each section consists of several articles. Each article has a number, and the articles are linked by cross-references (indicated by a small number).

All articles are self-contained: every article can be read in isolation from the others. For this, the articles have to contain a certain redundancy, and the book may thus not be suitable for reading it cover to cover. Not all chapters may be interesting to all readers. Rather, you can jump directly to the articles or chapters that you find interesting. For example, the chapters that I (the author) found most interesting when writing them are:

Contents

Atheism and Atheists
  • Chapter 1 “Atheism”: Defines and describes what atheism is and responds to common criticisms. The chapter also introduces humanism.
  • Chapter 2 “Atheists”: Explains what it means to be an atheist, and addresses common stereotypes
The World
Gods
Religion
The Abrahamic Religions
The Effects of Religion
In times of rising fundamentalism and fanaticism, this book wants to remind the reader of the values of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment has given us the rule of law, tolerance towards other creeds, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of science, freedom of religion, freedom of the arts, the emancipation of disadvantaged groups, freedom in the choice of a partner, and freedom in general, as long as the freedom of others is not engaged.