Edited by Christopher Hitchens.

An interesting collection of excerpts and works regarding atheism, philosophy and science.


  1. Lucretius: De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) - Books I, III, V, translation by W. Hannaford Brown
  2. Omar Khayyám: Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: A Paraphrase from Several Literal Translations by Richard Le Gallienne
  3. Thomas Hobbes: Of Religion, from Leviathan
  4. Benedict De Spinoza: Theological-Political Treatise
  5. David Hume: The Natural History of Religion, Of Miracles
  6. James Boswell: An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.
  7. Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Refutation of Deism
  8. John Stuart Mill: Moral Influences in My Early Youth, From Autobiography
  9. Karl Marx: Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
  10. George Eliot: Evangelical Teaching
  11. Charles Darwin: Autobiography
  12. Leslie Stephen: An Agnostic's Apology
  13. Anatole France: Miracle
  14. Mark Twain: Thoughts of God, From Fables of Man; Bible Teaching and Religious Practice, From Europe and Elsewhere and A Pen Warmed Up in Hell
  15. Joseph Conrad: Authors's Note to The Shadow Line
  16. Thomas Hardy: God's Funeral
  17. Emma Goldman: The Philosophy of Atheism
  18. H.P. Lovecraft: A Letter on Religion
  19. Carl Van Doren: Why I am An Unbeliever
  20. H.L. Mencken: Memorial Service
  21. Sigmund Freud: From The Future of an Illusion, translated and edited by James Strachey
  22. Albert Einstein: Selected Writings on Religion
  23. George Orwell: From A Clergyman's Daughter
  24. John Betjeman: In Westminster Abbey
  25. Chapman Cohen: Monism and Religion An Old Story
  26. Bertrand Russell: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish
  27. Philip Larkin: Aubade Church Going
  28. Martin Gardner: The Wandering Jew and the Second Coming
  29. Carl Sagan: The Demon-Haunted World, The God Hypothesis
  30. John Updike: From Roger's Version
  31. J.L. Mackie: Conclusions and Implications, From The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and against the Existence of God
  32. Michael Shermer: Genesis Revisited: A Scientific Creation Story
  33. A.J. Ayer: That Undiscovered Country
  34. Daniel C. Dennett: Thank Goodness!
  35. Charles Templeton: From A Farewell to God, A Personal Word, and Questions to Ask Yourself
  36. Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly is No God, Gerin oil, and Atheists for Jesus
  37. Victor Stenger: From God: The Failed Hypothesis, Cosmic Evidence
  38. Daniel C. Dennett: A Working Definition of Religion from "Breaking Which Spell?"
  39. Elizabeth Anderson: If God is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?
  40. Penn Jillette: There is No God
  41. Ian McEwan: End of the World Blues
  42. Steven Weinberg: What About God? From Dreams of a Final Theory
  43. Salman Rushdie: "Imagine There's no Heaven": A Letter to the Six Billionth World Citizen
  44. Ibn Warraq: The Koran, The Totalitarian Nature of Islam
  45. Sam Harris: In the Shadow of God, From The End of Faith
  46. A.C. Grayling: Can an Atheist Be a Fundamentalist? From Against All Gods
  47. Ayaan Hirsi Ali: How (and Why) I Became an Infidel