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Posted on: May 26, 2010

This post is dedicated to resources relevant to the issues we usually cover at WUSS. I will continue to add to it over time, and alter it so that it can be a great starting point to better understanding.

Books about religion

My first recommendation would be to hop over to common sense atheisms pages on the “ultimate truth seeker challenge” where he compiles a list of the best apologist and atheist books on different topics to read. By engaging in this you can get the best arguments from both sides, and with a good dose of critical thinking and intelligence a well formed viewpoint on issues related to religion.

Easy version: http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=7647

Hard version:http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6226

Philosophy

If you want to learn about philosophy I would recommend a step by step approach instead of finding a random book by someone famous and looking through it. Read through wikipedia articles on various topics, take a subject talk to people who know about various issues, and read simplified versions that discuss more philosophical matters more clearly. If one philosopher or book interests you go ahead and check it out, just be aware than this should be after a more general overview. The famous philosophers all had amazing insights and mind boggling ideas, but were not all consise or clear writings. John Stuart Mill and William James are great, but Kant, Foucault  and Hegel will sap your motivation quickly with dry incomprehensible writing.

Check out the philosophy podcast philosophers zone http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/

Check out squashed philosopher’s, with condensed versions of famous books http://www.btinternet.com/~glynhughes/squashed/

Online stuff

For blogs my current favorite on religion is common sense atheism http://commonsenseatheism.com/

Runners up are http://evaluatingchristianity.wordpress.com/, http://thebeattitude.com/, http://www.thegoodatheist.net/, http://kafirgirl.wordpress.com/ (islam focus), http://www.badscience.net/ (skepticism)

Podcasts I recommend all of which you can find on itunes are atheist experience, amateur scientist podcast, conversations with a pale blue dot, a christian and an atheist, skeptics testament, the pseudoscientists, skeptoid, skeptics guide to the universe, the skeptical christian podcast

Videos

Youtube videos I would recommend start with the ones I used at our WUSS youtube party recently. Here is a copy of the list https://wussb.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/youtubeparty.doc

I also recommend the debate we held at the uni http://tinyurl.com/wussdebate and other debates between atheists and christians, links to which can be found here http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=50

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