The "Freethought Library" will be portable, most likely housed in an appropriately-sized Rubbermaid container. For the coming academic year, it will stay at my place. Members will be able to request/sign books out via a GoogleDocs form, at which point I will bring the texts in question to the next weekly meeting. Books may be signed out for the duration a given semester. ISSA has been trying to get an office on the second floor of the Illini Union and, should we manage to do so for subsequent academic years, the library will reside in said office. Otherwise, we will appoint an officer to hold onto it.
This is where you guys come in! I don't mean to lament the nature of university funding for student organizations, but it sucks. I mean, it really, really sucks. Our club only ever has enough money -- and just barely -- to bring in speakers, barring the occasional donation that makes it possible for us to do something as awesome as last year's bus ad campaign. Without your help, there would be no means for us to do something like this in the foreseeable future. So if you happen to have any extra copies of the texts listed below lying around, please consider donating them! Media mail is quite inexpensive -- a small price to pay to expand young minds! Simply email IlliniSSA@illinois.edu to find out where to send your old books.
I'd also like to eventually get a stamp with our group's logo on it (and perhaps the words "Freethought Library") to clearly label club texts. Of course, that's a goal for a later day... It's library time!
We're starting things off right with a contribution from ISSA officer Sam Shore. Thanks, Sam!
|Our first four books: The God Delusion, The Greatest Show On Earth, The Gospel of the|
Flying Spaghetti Monster and The Illustrated A Brief History of Time! Solid.
- Richard Carrier's Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
- Jerry A. Coyne's Why Evolution Is True
- Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
- Richard Dawkins' Climbing Mount Improbable
Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
- Richard Dawkins' Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
- Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
- Richard Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
- Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
- Bart D. Ehrman's The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings
- Bart D. Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
- Bart D. Ehrman's Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
- Richard Elliott Friedman's Who Wrote The Bible?
- Sam Harris' The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
- Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation
- Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
Stephen Hawking's The Illustrated A Brief History of Time and the Universe in a Nutshell Bobby Henderson's The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
- Christopher Hitchens' The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
- Robert Ingersoll's Some Mistakes of Moses
- Michel Onfray's In Defence of Atheism (a.k.a. The Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam)
- Bertrand Russell's Religion and Science
- Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
- Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
- Victor J. Stenger's God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
- Victor J. Stenger's The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason
- Victor J. Stenger's The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why The Universe Is Not Designed For Us
Also, if you're interested in supporting the Freethought Library but don't have any extra copies of appropriate texts lying around, please consider donating to our group via Paypal. Simply click the orange "donate" button in the upper right-hand corner, and make sure to specify that your donation is for the Freethought Library Fund!
Thanks, guys! I can't wait to see how this evolves. :)
Yours in book-love,