Last-modified: 6 July 1994
Addresses of atheist organizations and other groups of interest
This file contains listings of atheist organizations in the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
It also contains listings of some books of interest to atheists, both
fiction and non-fiction. A list of religious humour and satire is
Finally, there is a small section on other electronic resources for
Freedom From Religion Foundation
Darwin fish bumper stickers and assorted other atheist paraphernalia
are available from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the US.
They also publish a journal, "Freethought Today".
P.O. Box 750,
Tel (608) 256-8900 / (608) 256-5800
Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
A local group affiliated to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
They're a non-profit educational organization who list their aims as:
1. Maintaining the Jeffersonian wall of church/state separation
2. Advocating non-theistic ideas through the unrestrained application
of reason and human endeavour.
They organize regular speaker meetings and publish a newsletter.
Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
P.O. Box 242,
Evolution Design sell the "Darwin fish". It's a fish symbol, like the
ones Christians stick on their cars, but with feet and the word
"Darwin" written inside. The deluxe moulded 3D plastic fish is $4.95
plus $0.50 shipping in the US. They also sell Darwin fish lapel pins
(same price), and a range of T-shirts.
P.O. Box 26336,
Tel (512) 338-9671
People in the San Francisco Bay area can get Darwin Fish from Lynn
Gold -- try mailing . For net people who go to Lynn
directly, the price is $4.95 per fish.
Atheist stickers, T-shirts and books.
P.O. Box 3065-192,
American Atheists, Inc.
Founded over 30 years ago, American Atheists works for the civil
rights of Atheists and for state/church separation. It publishes a
monthly newsletter and produces a weekly television series available
on over 130 cable access channels. Membership and other information
free on request, but only available by snail-mail.
P.O. Box 140195,
Tel (512) 458-1244.
Fax (512) 467-9525.
BBS (512) 302-0223.
Dial-THE-Atheist (512) 458-5731 (free recorded message service).
American Atheist Press
Carries books, booklets, bumper stickers, and videos on Atheist and
freethought topics. Free catalog on request by only available by
snail-mail. American Atheist Press books can also be ordered on the
American Atheist BBS at 512-302-0223.
Their books include critiques of the Bible, lists of Biblical
contradictions, and so on. One such book is "The Bible Handbook",
listed in the reading list.
American Atheist Press,
P.O. Box 14505,
Tel (512) 458-1244.
Fax (512) 467-9525.
Sell books including Haught's "Holy Horrors".
700 East Amherst Street,
New York 14215.
Tel (716) 837-2475.
An alternate address (which may be newer or older) is:
59 Glenn Drive,
Prometheus also have an address in the UK.
African-Americans for Humanism
An organization promoting black secular humanism and uncovering the
history of black freethought. They publish a quarterly newsletter,
Norm R. Allen, Jr.,
African Americans for Humanism,
P.O. Box 664,
American Humanist Association
Publish a journal "The Humanist".
American Humanist Association,
7 Harwood Drive,
P.O. Box 146,
P.O. Box 5329,
Tel (818) 594-0678
Church and State
Church & State,
8120 Fenton Street,
Tel (301) 589-3707
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
The journal of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of
Claims Of the Paranormal, CSICOP. An excellent publication which
discusses Creationism and other pseudo-scientific beliefs, as well as
New Age religion, the paranormal, and so on; all from a sceptical
viewpoint. Sometimes a little too conservative and reactionary, but
generally pretty good.
Skeptic magazine covers religious matters, as well as the more
scientific scepticism covered by Skeptical Enquirer. Subscriptions are
$35/year U.S., $25/year for seniors/students, $55/year outside the
2761 N. Marengo Ave.,
Free Inquiry Magazine
Tel (716) 636-7571
A secular humanist magazine, founded in 1980 to challenge the forces
of fundamentalism. It offers natural explanations for miraculous
claims, defends the separation of church and state, advocates a
nonreligious way of life, and demonstrates how to be a moral person
without relying on supernatural beliefs.
Some sample articles are on-line; if you have gopher access, connect
to gopher.internet.com, port 2100, /11/collected/free_inq.
The American Rationalist
The American Rationalist,
P.O. Box 994,
"Creation/Evolution" and "NCSE Reports"
National Center for Science Education,
P.O. Box 9477,
Tel (510) 526-1674
Humanist Association of Canada
Publish a magazine "Humanist in Canada". Have local groups in Toronto,
Victoria, Hamilton-Burlington, Alberta and elsewhere.
Humanist Association of Canada,
P.O. Box 3769,
The above is also the address for the local Ottawa group.
Rationalist Press Association
Rationalist Press Association,
88 Islington High Street,
Tel 071 226 7251
National Secular Society
Publish "The Freethinker", a monthly magazine founded in 1881.
National Secular Society,
47, Theobalds Road,
Tel 071 404 3126.
British Humanist Association
British Humanist Association,
14 Lamb's Conduit Passage,
Tel 071 430 0908
Fax 071 430 1271
South Place Ethical Society
South Place Ethical Society,
Red Lion Square,
Tel 071 831 7723
Prometheus seem to have a distributor in the UK now. They sell books,
including Haught's "Holy Horrors".
10 Crescent View,
Tel 081 508 2989
Tel +49 30 826 61 52
IBKA is Internationaler Bund der Konfessionslosen und Atheisten, They
publish a journal "MIZ -- Materialien und Informationen zur Zeit
(Politisches Journal der Konfessionslosen und Atheisten)." (Snappy
title, huh?) Write to "MIZ-Vertrieb" at the IBKA address.
For atheist books, write to:
Tel +49 6021 15744
IBDK is Internationaler Bücherdienst der Konfessionslosen,
Thomas M. Disch
"The Santa Claus Compromise"
Short story. The ultimate proof that Santa exists. All characters and
events are fictitious. Any similarity to living or dead gods -- uh,
Walter M. Miller, Jr
"A Canticle for Leibowitz"
One gem in this post atomic doomsday novel is the monks who spent
their lives copying blueprints from "Saint Leibowitz", filling the
sheets of paper with ink and leaving white lines and letters.
Post atomic doomsday novel set in clerical states. The church, for
example, forbids that anyone "produce, describe or use any substance
Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick wrote many philosophical and thought-provoking short
stories and novels. His stories are bizarre at times, but quite
approachable. He wrote mainly SF, but he wrote about people, truth and
religion rather than technology. Although he often believed that he
had met some sort of God, he remained sceptical. Amongst his novels,
the following are of some relevance:
A fallible alien deity summons a group of Earth craftsmen and women to
a remote planet to raise a giant cathedral from beneath the oceans.
When the deity begins to demand faith from the earthers, pot-healer
Joe Fernwright is unable to comply. A polished, ironic and amusing
"A Maze of Death"
Noteworthy for its description of a technology-based religion.
The schizophrenic hero searches for the hidden mysteries of Gnostic
Christianity after reality is fired into his brain by a pink laser
beam of unknown but possibly divine origin. He is accompanied by his
dogmatic and dismissively atheist friend and assorted other odd
"The Divine Invasion"
God invades Earth by making a young woman pregnant as she returns from
another star system. Unfortunately she is terminally ill, and must be
assisted by a dead man whose brain is wired to 24-hour easy listening
music. (Look, I said this stuff was bizarre, OK?)
"The Handmaid's Tale"
A story based on the premise that the US Congress is mysteriously
assassinated, and fundamentalists quickly take charge of the nation to
set it "right" again. The book is the diary of a woman's life as she
tries to live under the new Christian theocracy. Women's right to own
property is revoked, and their bank accounts are closed; sinful
luxuries are outlawed, and the radio is only used for readings from
the Bible. Crimes are punished retroactively: doctors who performed
legal abortions in the "old world" are hunted down and hanged.
Atwood's writing style is difficult to get used to at first, but the
tale grows more and more chilling as it goes on.
Wrote an 'alternate history' where The Armada was not defeated and
Europe is dominated by the Catholicism. Depicts life in a quasi-modern
society controlled by the old-style Catholic church.
This somewhat dull and rambling work has often been criticized.
However, it is probably worth reading, if only so that you'll know
what all the fuss is about. It exists in many different versions, so
make sure you get the one true version.
A readable introduction to logical reasoning. Originally published as
"Thinking About Thinking". Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-088-X.
Peter de Rosa
"Vicars of Christ"
Although de Rosa seems to be Christian or even Catholic this is a very
enlighting history of papal immoralities, adulteries, fallacies etc.
Bantam Press, 1988.
(German translation: "Gottes erste Diener. Die dunkle Seite des
Papsttums", Drömer-Knaur, 1989).
"Atheism: A Philosophical Justification"
A detailed and scholarly justification of atheism. Contains an
outstanding appendix defining terminology and usage in this
(necessarily) tendentious area. Argues both for "negative atheism"
(i.e. the "non-belief in the existence of god(s)") and also for
"positive atheism" ("the belief in the non-existence of god(s)").
Includes great refutations of the most challenging arguments for god;
particular attention is paid to refuting contempory theists such as
Platinga and Swinburne.
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, USA. 541 pages. ISBN
0-87722-642-3 (hardcover; paperback also available)
"The Case Against Christianity"
A comprehensive critique of Christianity, in which he considers the
best contemporary defences of Christianity and (ultimately)
demonstrates that they are unsupportable and/or incoherent.
Temple University Press. 273 pages. ISBN 0-87722-767-5
"Without God, Without Creed"
Subtitled "The Origins of Unbelief in America". Examines the way in
which unbelief (whether agnostic or atheistic) became a mainstream
alternative world-view. Focusses on the period 1770-1900, and while
considering France and Britain the emphasis is on American, and
particularly New England developments. "Neither a religious history of
secularization or atheism, Without God, Without Creed is, rather, the
intellectual history of the fate of a single idea, the belief that God
The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, USA. 316 pages.
ISBN (hardcover) 0-8018-2494-X (paper) 0-8018-3407-4
George Seldes (Editor)
"The Great Thoughts"
A "dictionary of quotations" of a different kind, concentrating on
statements and writings which, explicitly or implicitly, present the
person's philosophy and world-view. Includes obscure (and often
suppressed) opinions from many people. For some popular observations,
traces the way in which various people expressed and twisted the idea
over the centuries. Quite a number of the quotations are derived from
Cardiff's "What Great Men Think of Religion" and Noyes' "Views of
Ballantine Books, New York, USA. 490 pages. ISBN (paper)
"The Existence of God (Revised Edition)"
This book is the second volume in a trilogy that began with "The
Coherence of Theism" (1977) and was concluded with "Faith and Reason"
(1981). In this work, Swinburne attempts to construct a series of
inductive arguments for the existence of God. His arguments, which are
somewhat tendentious and rely upon the imputation of late 20th century
western Christian values and aesthetics to a God which is supposedly
as simple as can be conceived, were decisively rejected in Mackie's
"The Miracle of Theism". In the revised edition of "The Existence of
God", Swinburne includes an Appendix in which he makes a somewhat
incoherent attempt to rebut Mackie. Clarendon Paperbacks, Oxford.
J. L. Mackie
"The Miracle of Theism"
This (posthumous) volume contains a comprehensive review of the
principal arguments for and against the existence of God. It ranges
from the classical philosophical positions of Descartes, Anselm,
Berkeley, Hume et al, through the moral arguments of Newman, Kant and
Sidgwick, to the recent restatements of the classical theses by
Plantinga and Swinburne. It also addresses those positions which push
the concept of God beyond the realm of the rational, such as those of
Kierkegaard, Kung and Philips, as well as "replacements for God" such
as Lelie's axiarchism. The book is a delight to read - less
formalistic and better written than Martin's works, and refreshingly
direct when compared with the hand-waving of Swinburne. Oxford.
James A. Haught
"Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness"
Looks at religious persecution from ancient times to the present day
-- and not only by Christians. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number
89-64079. Prometheus Books, 1990.
Norm R. Allen, Jr.
"African American Humanism: an Anthology"
See the listing for African Americans for Humanism.
"An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism"
An anthology covering a wide range of subjects, including 'The Devil,
Evil and Morality' and 'The History of Freethought'. Comprehensive
bibliography. Prometheus Books.
Edmund D. Cohen
"The Mind of The Bible-Believer"
A study of why people become Christian fundamentalists, and what
effect it has on them. Prometheus Books.
George H. Smith
"Atheism: The Case Against God"
Describes the positions of atheism, theism and agnosticism. Reviews
many of the arguments used in favour of the existence of God.
Concludes with an assessment of the impact of God on people's lives.
"Asimov's Guide to the Bible"
Asimov surveys and describes contemporary Biblical scholarship on the
Bible, book by book, coupled with his own very interesting asides and
speculations. Especially worthwhile are his descriptions of the
apochrapha and many Christian and Rabbinical legends and traditions,
some of which the general public only knows as idioms of speech.
Outlet Book Company, Inc. 2 volumes, 1988, ISBN 0-517-34582-X Also
available as two paperback volumes:
1. "Asimov's Guide to the Bible: Old Testament"
2. "Asimov's Guide to the Bible: New Testament"
Avon Books, 1971. ISBN 0-380-01031-3 and ISBN 0-380-01032-1
"In the Beginning"
A book describing the differences between science and the Bible vis a
vis the first several chapters of Genesis. Different in outlook,
content, and purpose from the same chapters of his "Guide". The intent
is to present an even-handed explanation of each side, but science
comes off rather better overall, since the focus is on the science of
the book of Genesis.
"Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related
This book has many essays (some clearly transcriptions of lectures)
with Russell giving religion in general and Christianity in general a
much harder time than is ordinary in common discourse. However, many
of the discussions in alt.atheism have recognizable echos in these
essays and Russell's lucid arguments, whether one agrees with them or
not, are worth reading for their succinct description of the atheist
position on issues that are taken up almost daily on alt.atheism.
Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster, 1967, ISBN 0-671-20323-1
"Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds"
Most of us give too short a shrift to the reality of fad, fancy, and
its serious side-effect; mob-think. This classic book describes witch
trials, slow poisoning (a fad where Italian and French nobles were
socially sanctioned to murder each other provided a sufficiently
subtle poison was used) and the various forms of "Ponzi" schemes such
as the South Sea Bubble and the Dutch Tulip Mania. One gets the
feeling the US' Founding Fathers were familiar with this book. Those
who assume they will always be on the same side as the majority or
that the majority can be counted on to be rational would particularly
profit from reading it. Besides, it is enormously entertaining as it
highlights human folly in an engaging way.
Crown Publishing Group, paperback, ISBN 0-517-53919-5, Harmony
A compilation of all the arguments for the existence of God, condensed
and simplified into one neat volume. Academic Associates. ISBN
W.P. Ball and G.W. Foote
"The Bible Handbook"
Bible contradictions, absurdities, atrocities, immoralities...
contains Ball, Foote: "The Bible Contradicts Itself", AAP. Based on
the King James version of the Bible. American Atheist Press. 372 pp.
ISBN 0-910309-26-4, 2nd edition, 1986.
HUMOUR / SATIRE
"God: The Ultimate Autobiography"
God gets the chance to put the record straight after being misquoted
for so many years. Jeremy Pascall acts as "Holy Ghost Writer".
"In most autobiographies the subject starts at the beginning, but in
My case that's tricky. I have no beginning. And, for that matter, I
have no end. I'm Infinite. So it makes starting the story difficult.
Not to mention ending it. In theory this book could continue
indefinitely, which, of course, raises practical difficulties like
the immense size of it and the fact that no one would live to read
it all the way through. Except Me and that narrows its commercial
Includes the eleventh commandment, why Adam and Eve were fired from
the first Theme Park, Top of the Popes, and so on. Ebury Press, ISBN
"Satan: The Hiss and Tell Memoirs"
The other side of the story, as told by the Prince of Darkness. A
great book for the bookshelf if fundies visit.
"Right from the start I intended to set up a rival attraction to
Heaven. Somewhere that was not run, as He ran His place, like a boy
scouts camp but somewhere you could, if you so wished, scout for
camp boys, not to mention willing girls and every animal of every
possible gender, all in a constant state of sexual arousal.
Includes the eighth delightful sin, Hades Leisure Park disorder form,
and so on. Ebury Press, ISBN 0-85223-766-9 (hardback). "God: The
Ultimate Autobiography" and "Satan: The Hiss and Tell Memoirs" have
also been published as a single paperback volume.
The SubGenius Foundation / Rev. Ivan Stang
"The Book of the SubGenius"
The official holy book of the Church of the SubGenius. Read it and
prepare for X-day, July 5th 1998, when the flying saucers from Planet
X will land. Jehovah-1 the Space God is an alien, and still threatens
HAS FEAR OF THE UNUSUAL PREVENTED YOU FROM JOINING THE CHURCH OF THE
SUBGENIUS? Or, if yo are already a member, has Conspiracy harassment
kept you from enjoying your full rights as a SubGenius? Do they
constantly reinforce your Conspiracy programming by making it
financially necessary that you attend endless pink-ins, gatherings
of dull blandoid Normalcy Dupes who bore you to death, making you
sit there while you secretly daydream of wreaking havoc on their
pallid world? Or do they try to intimidate you out of SubGeniusness?
For instance, are you having trouble getting a good job, or laid? Is
it increasingly difficult for you to "relate"? Is your mail being
opened? Have you recently had a Close Call of the Third Kind?"
An unholy mix of profundity and profanity; a satire on religion, or a
religion of satire. Simon and Schuster, NY. ISBN 0-671-63810-6
See also the newsgroup alt.slack.
Malaclypse the Younger
The Bible of Discordianism, the worship of Eris, Goddess of Chaos and
"A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off
Alone and Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive
Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of
Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of
Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of
animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns)."
In some ways, Discordianism is the sister church of the Church of the
SubGenius. SubGenii and Discordians are everywhere; read their
respective Holy Books, and an awful lot more of what you see on the
Internet will make sense.
The Principia Discordia is available online, if you know where to
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