Additional reading – perspectives on religion

Atheist spirituality

Compte-Sponville, Andre. The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. Penquin 2008.

de Botton, Alain. Religion for Atheists. Random House 2012.

Science and religion

Dawkins, Richard. Is Science a Religion? The Humanist. January/February 1997.

Dennett, Daniel. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Viking 2006.

Einstein, Albert. Religion and Science. New York Times Magazine 1930.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Pantheon Books 2012.

Sagan, Carl. The Varieties of Scientific Experience. Penguin 2006.

The brain/neuroscience and religion

McNamara, Patrick. The Neuroscience of Religious Experience. Cambridge University Press 2009.

Newberg Andrew and D’Aquili Eugene. Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. Ballentine 2002.

Newberg, Andrew. Principles of Neurotheology. Ashgate 2009.

Philosophical and theologial perspectives

Durkheim, Emile. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Live. 1912.

Eliade, Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane. 1957.

Fuller, Robert. Spiritual but not Religious. Oxford University Press 2001.

James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience. 1902.

Rue, Loyal. Religion is Not About God. Rutgers University Press 2005.

Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions. HarperOne 2009.

Stone, Jerome. The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence. SUNY Press 1992.

Tillich, Paul. Systematic Theology. 1973.

Religious experience

Otto, Rudolph. The Idea of the Holy. 1923.

Taves, Ann. Religious Experience Reconsidered. 2009.

Wildman Wesley. Religious and Spiritual Experiences. 2011.