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23-09-2012, 06:17 PM (This post was last modified: 10-12-2013 10:03 PM by Near.)
Atheist / Agnostic Informational Resource Library
This is a community project to build a helpful resource on a variety of topics that are of interest to Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists or Non Religious people. This is an ongoing project, all contributors and contributions are welcome! Together we can build a great resource for people regardless of whether or not they have been atheists their whole lives, or are just starting to come to terms with their disbelief. When I was first starting to learn about my atheism I had to start from nothing, and it has taken a long time to learn about all of the resources that are out there for us. In this thread I hope to compile a quick start guide on a variety of subjects in a variety of different media, but I need your help!


If you find any documentaries, please post them in this thread. Also, if you happen to know of, or find any sites that could assist in debunking, or at least raising very serious concerns about various beliefs or religions, that would also be great. Some of the videos are more useful for a general overview, rather than for use in debunking, or questioning religious claims.


It is always important to look at the sources for the information that is presented, or to do your own research to either confirm or refute anything that has been put forward. A good video to watch that will give you a place to start is Michael Shermer's Baloney Detection Kit.

I would also suggest starting off with Potholer54's video discussing editing tricks, before watching documentaries. Even if the documentary says something that you agree with, it is possible that editing tricks are used to make the religious or religions look worse.


A good place to start

Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit
Quotes and Cutaways
Quotes and Cutaways (UK and Ireland version)


Apps

Atheism 101 (iPhone, iPod Touch)
Atheist Pocket Debater (iPhone, iPod Touch)
Creationist Claims Index (iPhone, iPod Touch)


Blogs

Bad Astronomy
Freethought Blogs (Numerous atheist bloggers hosted on this site, but I will just link to the main site.)
Mark Fulton
Matt McCormick
Quran Spotlight
Skeptics Blog (authors include: Shermer, Prothero, Novella, Plait, Loxton, Dunning)
Skeptics Book
Thunderf00t


Books

Books regarding mainly religion:

50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Against the Gods
An Atheist's Critique of the Bible (It has been written by our very own Buddy Christ and is available for purchase online; see below)
An Atheist's Critique of the Bible (Old Testament)
An Atheist's Critique of the Bible (New Testament) (Both of the NT and the OT volume are available for purchase on Lulu.com as well)
Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism
Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
Good and Evil
Good Sense Without Good (available to read for free online and probably as an E-book on amazon or another, similar service)
Jesus Christ and Mythology
Letter to a Christian Nation
Mortality
Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age (Sociology)
The Book of J
The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology
The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The God Delusion
The Interpreter's Bible
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (Science information for beginners, and also a bit about myths and religions)
The Moral Landscape
The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
Who Wrote the Bible? (the Bibliography at the end is a compendium of most of the classic works of Biblical scholarship)
Why I Am Not a Christian (not a book, but it is well worth a read; it's more of an essay and it can be read for free online)


Books regarding mainly science

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing
Climbing Mount Improbable
Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe
Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene
The Grand Design
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe (Mathematics from Pythagoras to the present)
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition
The Quantum Universe (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
Why Evolution is True


Charities and Aid Groups, Secular and Atheist

Amnesty International
Donors Choose
Engineers Without Borders (Similar to MSF, but they help provide clean water, sanitation and electricity)
Foundation Beyond Belief
Goodwill
Kiva (There are other micro-loan websites, but I am only familiar with this one. I am a member of the main Atheist team there)
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Nature Conservancy
Oxfam
Population Connection
Rotary
Seed Foundation
Union of Concerned Scientists
UNICEF
Volunteers Beyond Belief
Wheelchair Foundation


Comedy

Atheist Comedy Playlist (Full disclosure: This playlist is on my personal YouTube Channel. I am certain there are many other playlists on YouTube that would work as well, but if I link you to this one, I can add other videos that are being submitted in the future.)


Conventions, Events, Meet-ups

Atheist Community of Austin Lecture Series (Check website for upcoming lectures and speakers)
Australian Skeptics National Convention
Global Atheist Convention
Israeili Atheists
Kentucky Freethought Convention
Oklahoma Freethought Convention
Rock Beyond Belief
Reason in the Rock (Arkansas)
Skepticon
Skeptics in the Pub (find a group)
Skeptics in the Pub - Liverpool
Texas Freethought Convention
The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM)
Question Explore Discover (QED Con) (See website for list of speakers for 2013 including Richard Dawkins)


Debate Resources

Arguments (Full disclosure: This playlist is on my personal YouTube channel, it's a collection of videos that I have found contain lots of helpful information that could be used in debates or arguments. I am sure there are other playlists that could be equally useful, but this way I can add submitted videos, and keep the playlist up to date)
Arguments for Atheism
Biblical Contradictions Visualized
Christianity Disproved
Contradictions in the Bible
Evil Bible
God is Imaginary
Iron Chariots (Wiki offering counters to common creationist arguments)
Logical Fallacies
Skeptics Annotated Bible (also includes the Qur'an (Koran) and The Book of Mormon)
Skeptics Dictionary
Talk Origins (index to Creationist claims)
Understanding Evolution
What's the Harm? (Useful information about how various strange beliefs and practices have harmed or killed people over the years)
Why Won't God Heal Amputees?


Discussions/debates from TTA

Anthropic Principle refutation / Intelligent Design refutation resources
Aquinas proofs refuted
Bonhoeffer was an atheist
Confusion of speech
Catholic Birth Control / Inconsistent
Commonly Used Debate Arguments
Creationisms goofs/other dating methods, and resources
Deception in the Church
Immortal Souls Debunked
Islam's Origins examined
Old Testament Reexamined
Resurrection Debunked
Salvation Mythic Origins
Santa/Easter Bunny
Sodom and Gomorrah explained
The Golden Calf and Bible Bull(s)
Virgin Birth explained
Yahweh's origins


Documentaries

50 Renowned Academics Speaking about god
ABC - Scientology: The Ex-Files
Amish: A Secret Life
Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief
Authentic Mormon Temple Ceremony
Banned Mormon Cartoon
BBC Panorama: Scientology and Me
BBC Panorama: Secrets of Scientology
Brainwashed By the Westboro Baptist Church
Conspiracy Road Trip: Creationism
Excavating the Empty Tomb (you can download all episodes here)
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Gospel of Judas
Heaven's Gate Cult Inside Story
How I Became a Muslim Extremist
I Escaped a Cult (NatGeo 2012)
Indonesia's Transsexual Muslims
In God's Name (Cooperites) [Part 1 of 2]
Inside Australia's Chilling New Cult (Australian Jesus)
Inside The Teen Mania: Child Abuse Cult [1 of 3]
Intelligent Design on Trial (NOVA)
Ireland's Secret Cults
Jesus Camp (Link to the wiki article; the documentary is currently available on Hulu, and possibly on other sites as well)
Louis Theroux - America's Most Hated Family In Crisis (1/4) (WBC)
Louis Theroux: Born Again Christians
Marjoe (links to part 1/10 on YouTube, the rest of the parts can be found in the sidebar)
My Brother's Cult (ABC Compass)
My Brother the Islamist
Panorama: The Road to total freedom? (Scientology)
Penn and Teller: Bullshit! - The Bible
Peoples Temple (Jonestown)
Reason Cinema (a collection of films and documentaries are available on this site, they appear to be free to view as well)
Religulous
Richard Dawkins; The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins; The Root of All Evil: The Virus of Faith
Russian Jesus
Scientology and the Clearwater Police
Scientology: The Cult Business
Scientology: The Hole
Scientology: The Secret Life of L Ron Hubbard
Separate Lives: Exclusive Brethren in Australia
Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life with Richard Dawkins Part 1
Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life with Richard Dawkins Part 2
Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life with Richard Dawkins Part 3
Steven Fishman's Video Deposition Against Scientology (1993 Part 1 of 7)
The Collapse of Mormonism: Why Millions Are No Longer Mormons
The Dangerous Devotion to Cults
The Exclusive Brethren (UK)
The God Who Wasn't There (link to the wiki article; the documentary is currently available on Netflix, and possibly other sites as well.)
The Most Hated Family In America (WBC)
The Secret Truth About Jehovah's Witnesses (Note: This is a video about the JWs, presented by former JWs who have converted to mainstream Christianity, however, I feel that it still presents some valuable insight)
The Story of Science (1 of 6)
UFO Cults and their Psycho Cult Leaders
Warren Jeffs (and other polygamist FLDS Mormons)


Gnostic Gospels

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Mary (Note: Clicking the link will download a .pdf version of the text)


Organizations


Atheist Organizations

American Atheists
American Humanists
Atheist Alliance America
Atheist Alliance International
Atheist Community of Austin
Atheist Foundation of Australia
Atheist Ireland
Brazillian Association of Atheists and Agnostics
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (there are also German, and Austrian branches of this organization)
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Free Thought Exchange
Grief Beyond Belief
Humanist Canada
Norwegian Heathen Society
Norwegian Humanist Association
Rational Response Squad
Recovering from Religion
Swedish Humanist Association
SEA-Atheists (atheist groups from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand)
Secular Coalition for America
The Jesus Seminar
(not sure where this link should go yet; I'm not certain that they
aren't a religious organization, but they do seem to critically examine
'Jesus Christ')
Union of Rational Atheists and Agnostics (Website in Italian)


Skeptic Organizations

Australian Skeptics
Center For Inquiry
Central Ohioans For Rational Inquiry
Greater Manchester Skeptics
James Randi Educational Foundation
Liverpool Humanists
Merseyside Skeptics Society
Swedish Skeptics
The Skeptics Society


Podcasts

Ask an Atheist
Bible Stories Your Parents Never Taught You (Not a podcast, free to listen online.)
Church of Awesome
Cognitive Dissonance
DebateGod - RSS
Irreligiosophy
Living After Faith
Magic Sandwich Show (you may need to download the episodes directly from their site as they seem to be having trouble with iTunes)
Oh no, Ross and Carrie!
Penn's Sunday School
Point of Inquiry
Skeptically Speaking
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Skeptics With a K
Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena
The Atheist Experience
The Bible Geek with Robert M. Price
The Non Prophets
The Pseudo Scientists
The Skeptic Zone
The Thinking Atheist (in case anyone links to this from outside of the site.)
Thomas and the Bible
TTA Skypecast


Recovering From Religion

Grief Beyond Belief
No Longer Quivering
PostMormon.org
Recovering from Religion
SecularTherapy.org


Resources for Parents

AtheistParents.org
Camp Quest
Scouting for All (not necessarily atheist, but the organization is non-discriminatory unlike the official stance of the BSA)


Talks and Lectures

Atheism - A History of God (links to part one of a series by a YouTube user)
Compilation of Debates and Lectures (Includes Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Carrier, deGrasse Tyson, Dennett, Myers and others)
John Shelby Spong - The Roots of Religion
Reexamining the Hebrew Bible (Links to part 1/8.)


TTA Skype Group (usernames)

jxtuck (Near)
orianathehobbit (Hobbitgirl)
shintarokozu (Atothetheist)


Useful and informational links

Brain and Behavior (interesting info about the blind spots in our eyes, and how group behavior works)
Debunking Scientology: E-Meter
Evolution and Natural Selection
Freethoughtpedia
God Checker (learn all about over 3000 deities and supreme beings!)
God Hates Shrimp
Infidels.org
Jesus Never Existed
Pareidolia
Patheos.com/Atheist
The Establishment Clause (mainly of interest to people from the US)
The Unreliable Birth Story of Jesus
Quack Watch


YouTube channels

AntiCitizenX
AronRa
Brett Palmer
c0nc0rdance
DarkMatter2525
Discern4
dprjones
Edward Current
Evid3nc3
JeffersonLab (interesting science related videos, not necessarily atheist)
merseyskeptics
Mr. Deity
NonStampChannel2
NonStampCollector
philhellenes
Profmth Mitch
potholer54
Potholer54debunks
QualiaSoup
Religious Antagonist
Steve Shives
SydneyAtheists
The Living Dinosaur
TheJinnAndTonicShow
TheMagicSandwichShow
Thunderf00t
TheraminTrees
TheThinkingAtheist
WanderingTaoist101


If you have any links to submit, please do!

*Note: Links to outside sites are made by me and other submitters. They are not to be taken as endorsements by the owner(s) of The Thinking Atheist website, nor as endorsements of our community by the owners of the sites that are linked to.

Thanks to all who have contributed thus far. If you have a link that you would like to submit, please do!

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23-09-2012, 11:40 PM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
Religulous Wink

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23-09-2012, 11:43 PM (This post was last modified: 11-06-2014 02:50 AM by Bucky Ball.)
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
Anthropic Principle refutation / Intelligent Design refutation resources : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...m+debunked
Aquinas' proofs refuted : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ht=Aquinas
Bonhoeffer was an atheist : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...Bonhoeffer
Catholic Birth Control / Inconsistent http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...t=Sebelius
Confusion of speech/Tower of Babel : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...on-deniers
Creationisms goofs/other dating methods, and resources : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ght?page=9
Deception in the Church : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...rly-church
Islam's Origins examined : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ns?page=25
Misuse of Leviticus in anti-gay campaigns; Equality. Class, & Status in Ancient Israel : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...rah?page=2
The Resurrection, an alternate view : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...other-look
Old Testament Reexamined http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...+Testament
Salvation Mythic Origins http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...=salvation
Sodom and Gomorrah explained : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...d+gomorrah
Virgin Birth explained http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...rgin+birth
Yahweh's origins: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ght=Yahweh
Prophesy : The fallacy of prophecy as telling of future events. http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...#pid257278
History of the Hebrew "nation"/confederation : http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ble-Bull-s

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24-09-2012, 03:41 AM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
TruthSurge has a playlist of his own videos that look into the context and alterations of the New Testament. Very interesting stuff (and it's still being updated with more parts).

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1D58C69D194384D2
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24-09-2012, 07:39 AM (This post was last modified: 24-09-2012 07:57 AM by Near.)
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
I thought that that thread would turn into a TL;DR, so I didn't read most of it. Thanks for the link to your post though Bucky! That's pretty much what I wanted to start with this thread. I know that Seth has a resource page on the main part of the site, but I wanted this one to be more in depth. I think that it would also be nice to post links to podcasts, or religious debates. Sometimes trying to learn by reading isn't as easy as learning by watching and listening.

Thanks for the contributions thus far, please continue if you have any more! Smile


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First post has been edited to include the submitted links.

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24-09-2012, 08:53 AM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
(24-09-2012 07:39 AM)Near Wrote:  I thought that that thread would turn into a TL;DR, so I didn't read most of it. Thanks for the link to your post though Bucky! That's pretty much what I wanted to start with this thread. I know that Seth has a resource page on the main part of the site, but I wanted this one to be more in depth. I think that it would also be nice to post links to podcasts, or religious debates. Sometimes trying to learn by reading isn't as easy as learning by watching and listening.

Thanks for the contributions thus far, please continue if you have any more! Smile


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First post has been edited to include the submitted links.

Ok. Ill edit my original post here with stuff I've done already, and update it, once in a while.

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24-09-2012, 08:45 PM (This post was last modified: 24-09-2012 09:25 PM by Near.)
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
Thanks for all of the great links Bucky! Big Grin

The first post has been edited to include all of Bucky's links. Some other things that I am interested in adding to the list are:

Atheist and/or Skeptical blogs or informational websites.
Debates (a lot of great debate videos on youtube, if you have some favourites, please share!)
Atheist organisantions
Skeptical/free thinking organisations
Atheist YouTubers

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24-09-2012, 08:52 PM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
(24-09-2012 08:53 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(24-09-2012 07:39 AM)Near Wrote:  I thought that that thread would turn into a TL;DR, so I didn't read most of it. Thanks for the link to your post though Bucky! That's pretty much what I wanted to start with this thread. I know that Seth has a resource page on the main part of the site, but I wanted this one to be more in depth. I think that it would also be nice to post links to podcasts, or religious debates. Sometimes trying to learn by reading isn't as easy as learning by watching and listening.

Thanks for the contributions thus far, please continue if you have any more! Smile


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First post has been edited to include the submitted links.

Ok. Ill edit my original post here with stuff I've done already, and update it, once in a while.

Fucking Bucky, you never cease to amaze me. Please, if you get a chance, recommend me some awesome books that you personally have read, I would love to have some of the information that you have access to. Send ALL of what you have... I shall put it on the highest importance... Please be as complete as possible.

PM me anytime you want, you fucking genius.

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24-09-2012, 08:58 PM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
Thanks a heap !!! This is exactly what we needed !
Big Grin

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24-09-2012, 09:15 PM
RE: Collection of religious documentaries, and information
Thanks for the books idea Atothetheist, I linked to a few books but any other suggestions are welcome and will be put up.

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