2013 was a very good year for books and though narrowing them down to five is no easy task, it seemed only right to provide some must read material to start your new year off right.
Coming in at number 5 is An An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins. This is Dawkins memoir and a window into his personal life and discovering what makes this man who he is, love him or hate him, this book will help you better understand what drives him.
Book number 4 is a big departure from most atheist, humanist or secular books as it is fiction. Kylie’s Heel by Susan K. Perry is an amazing story about a mother who overcomes tragedy and hardship all without relying on a god or religion. Picking herself up, dusting herself off and living her life. You can read a full review of this book here.
Dot Dot Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly is the second book by James Lindsay and comes in on this list at number 3. Lindsay found a way to make math fun and interesting. He shows that infinity is an abstract idea and takes the argument of infinity away from the Christian apologists, such as William Lane Craig who attempt to exploit peoples basic misunderstanding of math to use a term like infinity to explain God's existence, while James shows in a concise and readable manner that infinity is an abstraction, and shows that, in all likelihood, so is God, particularly if he has infinite properties.
Number 2 was a tough choice, because it could very well be number 1 and most likely it should be tied for the number 1 spot. Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists is one of the best books ever written on the subject of faith and how to dismantle it. Boghossian shows how flimsy any faith-based belief is and with some simple Socratic questions you can take down any faith argument.
And finally, the number 1 book of 2013 and the book you should buy immediately is CJ Werleman’s Crucifying America: the unholy alliance between the Christian Right and Wall Street. Werleman calls for atheists and secularists to get up off their seats, to put aside the petty fights over the words God on any public building and start working to replace theocratic politicians who are trying to dismantle the wall that separates church and state. You can read a full review of this book here.
And there you have it, five books you should pick up today and start reading. Not a single book on this list will disappoint you, but by not reading them, you are missing out on vast sources of knowledge and inspiration.
This article originally appeared on Digital Journal