Last updated: 7/18/2010

The following are websites that I am familiar with and books that I have read. I have copies of most of the books in my private library. Books dealing specifically with Mormonism are not listed here.
INTERNET/WORLD-WIDE-WEB LINKS: - "The Secular Web," a large collection of critical books and articles - "Talk Origins," on the scientific search for origins of universe - "National Center for Science Education," science vs. "creationism" - "The U.K.'s Leading Atheist Page" "Agnostic Review of Christianity" - excellent articles and many links. - "The Skeptical Review" - Farrell Till's online journal of Biblical errancy (archived) - Walter R. Mattfeld's site summarizing the results of archaeological, textual and anthropological examination of the Bible texts. - Steve Wells' marvelous collection of Bible notes, with excellent links

Allen, Steve, Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality, Prometheus, Buffalo, 1990
Anderson, Bernhard W., Understanding The Old Testament, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1957
Armstrong, Karen, A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Ballantine, 1993
Asimov, Isaac, In The Beginning..., Crown, New York, 1981
Baigent, Michael, et al., Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Delacorte, New York, 1982
Barker, Dan, Losing Faith In Faith: From Preacher To Atheist, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Madison, WI, 1992
Barnes, Harry Elmer, The Twilight of Christianity, Vanguard Press, New York, 1929
Boyer, Pascal, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought, Basic Books, 2001, ISBN 0-465-00696-5
Brinton, Crane, A History of Western Morals, Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1959
Burke, J. Ashleigh, The X-Rated Book: Sex And Obscenity In The Bible, Houston, 1983
Callahan, Tim, Bible Prophecy: Failure or Fulfillment?, Millennium Press, Altadena, 1997, ISBN 0-9655047-0-0
Campbell, Joseph, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Princeton U. Press, Princeton, 1949
Dewey, Robert E., and Robert H Hurlbutt III, An Introduction to Ethics, Macmillan, New York, 1977
Doherty, Earl, The Jesus Puzzle,
Earl, Michael Scott, Bible Stories Your Parents Never Taught You Reason Works, 2004
Ehrman, Bart D., The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Oxford,1993
Ehrman, Bart D., Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions In The Bible, Harper One, 2009
Ehrman, Bart D., Forged: Why The Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, Harper One, 2011
Eisenman, Robert, James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Penguin, 1997
Fite, Warner, An Introductory Study of Ethics, Longmans, Green, New York, 1903
Finkelstein, Israel, and Neil Asher Silberman, The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2002
Fox, Robin Lane, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction In The Bible, Knopf, 1992
Frazer, James G., The Golden Bough, One vol. ed., Macmillan, New York, 1951
Freke, Timothy, and Peter Gandy, The Jesus Mysteries: Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?", Harmony Books, New York, 1999
Friedman, Richard Elliott, Who Wrote the Bible?, Harper, New York, 1987
Friedman, Richard Elliott, The Hidden Book in the Bible: The Discovery of the First Prose Masterpiece [the 'J' Document], Harper, New York, 1998
Graham, Lloyd M. Deceptions and Myths of the Bible, Carol Publishing Group, New York, 1991
Grant, Michael, Jesus, An Historian's Review of the Gospels, Scribner's, New York, 1977
Graves, Robert, and Raphael Patai, Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1966
Green, Ruth Hurmence, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Madison, 1979
Gregory, Sir Richard, Gods and Men, Stuart & Richards, London, 1949
Hart, H. St. J., A Foreword to the Old Testament, Oxford, New York, 1951
Helms, Randel, Gospel Fictions, Prometheus, Amherst, 1988
Hoffer, Eric, The True Believer, Harper, Row, New York, 1951
James, William, The Varieties of Religious Experience, any edition, 1902
Jekyll, Walter, The Bible Untrustworthy, Watts & Co., London, 1904
Kirsch, Jonathan, The Harlot By The Side Of The Road: Forbidden Tales Of The Bible, Ballantine, New York, 1997
Larue, Gerald, Old Testament Life and Literature, available on the Internet at
Leedom, Tim C., ed., The Book your Church Doesn't Want You to Read, Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, Iowa, 1993
Lewis, Joseph, The Bible Unmasked, Freethought Press, New York, 1926
Lowder, Jeff, ed., The Jury is In, a point-by-point book-length rebuttal of Josh McDowell's book Evidence That Demands A Verdict, at
McKinsey, C. Dennis, The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy, Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York, 1995
Maccoby, Hyam, The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity, Barnes and Noble, 1986, ISBN 0-7607-0787-1
Mack, Burton L., The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q & Christian Origins, Harper, San Francisco, 1993
Mack, Burton L., Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth, Harper Collins, New York, 1995
Mencken, H. L., Treatise On The Gods, Blue Ribbon, New York, 1930
Noss, John B., Man's Religions, rev. ed., Macmillan, New York, 1956
Pagels, Elaine, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Random House, New York, 1988
Pagels, Elaine, The Gnostic Gospels, Vintage, New York, 1981
Paine, Thomas, The Age of Reason, any edition
Patai, Raphael, The Hebrew Goddess, Avon, New York, 1978
Randall, John Herman, Jr., The Making of the Modern Mind, rev. ed., Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1940
Russell, Bertrand, Sceptical Essays, Unwin, London, 1928, 1961
Russell, Bertrand, Why I am Not a Christian, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1957
Sagan, Carl, The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, Ballantine, New York, 1996
Schonfield, Hugh J., After the Cross, A.S. Barnes, New York, 1981
Schonfield, Hugh J., Those Incredible Christians, Bernard Geis, n.p., 1968
Schonfield, Hugh J., The Jesus Party, Macmillan, New York, 1974
Schonfield, Hugh J., The Passover Plot, Bernard Geis, n.p. 1965
Sheehan, Thomas, The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity, Random House, 1986, also available on the Internet at
Shepherd, Brodrick D., Beasts, Horns and the Antichrist, Cliffside, West Jefferson NC, 1998, also available on the Internet at
Smith, George H., Atheism: The Case Against God, Prometheus, Amherst, NY, 1989, ISBN 0-87975-124-X
Smith, Homer W., Man and His Gods, Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1952
Spong, John Shelby (Episcopal Bishop of Newark), Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Harper 1992
Urban, Wilbur Marshall, Fundamentals of Ethics, Holt, New York, 1930
Wells, G. A., Did Jesus Exist? (revised edition), Pemberton, London, 1986
White, Andrew Dickson, A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, 2 volumes, New York 1897 (one volume abridgment by Bruce Mazlish, New York 1965)
Wilson, A. N., Jesus: A Life, Norton, New York, 1992
Wylie, Philip, An Essay on Morals, Rinehart, New York, 1947

Biblical Errancy, Dennis McKinsey, ed., now no longer published. Back issues at
Freethought Today, Annie L. Gaylor, ed., published ten times per year by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701. $20 per year, free with $35 membership.
Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, New York, 1910-1911, article "Bible" and articles on the individual books and characters in the bible. Fifteenth edition, 1981, Macropaedia 2, article "Biblical Literature"
The Anchor Bible, Doubleday. Varying dates, multiple volumes.
The Interpreter's Bible, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1976
Jacobus, M. W., et al., eds., Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Bible Dictionary, 3rd ed. Blackiston, Philadelphia, 1936
Joy, Charles R., compiler, Harper's Topical Concordance, rev. ed., Harper & Row, New York, 1961
Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197, (800) 421- 0351; catalog free
Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701, (608) 256-8900,, free catalog
Robb Marks (formerly H. H. Waldo), Bookseller, P.O. Box 350, Rockton, IL 6072, (815) 624-4593, catalog for 2 first-class stamps

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