This page is primarily for my own reference as a reminder of the books and sites I’ve discovered and that I want to read or revisit. Feel free to suggest any additions that you think would be particularly relevant. The lists are constantly growing and I suspect many books (maybe most) will never be read, but at least I have something to choose from.
My reading list
I am managing my reading list on goodreads.com. Feel free to browse the listing there.
- http://lumina.bible.org – An electronic bible and bible study resource based on the New English Translation (NET). For various reasons, this is my primary source when using the bible on this site. It also provides a ton of supporting resources and translation notes. Some resources are currently only available in the classic version.
- http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/edition – An electronic version of the most recent English translation of the Septuagint.
- http://www.katabiblon.com – An online version of the Septuagint with English and Greek.
- http://www.ccel.org – Provides access to a large collection of classic Christian texts
- http://www.earlychristianwritings.com – Discussion and content of early (first and second century) Christian writings
- http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com – Discussion and content of early Jewish writings
- http://www.sefaria.org – building a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation.
- http://dssenglishbible.com – One man’s effort to provide English translations of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls
- http://biblioblogtop50.wordpress.com/biblioblogs – Extensive list of “Biblioblogs”; that is, academic blogs discussion biblical studies. Check out my Biblical Studies feed to see which ones I’m following.
- http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org – A site aimed at educating the west on Jewish history and culture
- http://www.livius.org/judaea.html – Numerous articles on the historical Judea
- http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com – Online version of a major Jewish encyclopedic work from 1906.
- http://www.ancient-hebrew.org – Tutorials and resources for learning or parsing ancient Hebrew.
- http://www.bibleinterp.com – Endeavors “to bring the latest news and information in the field of biblical studies”. The information is accessible yet scholarly and generally unbiased (as a collection).
- http://www.rosettacalendar.com – Tool for converting between Julian and Hebrew calendar dates.
- http://www.textexcavation.com – Provides analytical tools for investigating scriptures. The synoptic project is particularly interesting.
- http://bcharchive.org – Biblical Criticism and History Archives.
- http://www.sacred-texts.com – An expansive, religion-neutral collection of older religious writings
- http://www.errancy.com – An even-handed look at contradictions in the Bible
- http://www.iep.utm.edu – The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Articles on just about every philosophical topic imaginable.
- http://plato.stanford.edu – The Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ditto above.
- http://www.andrewmbailey.com – A philosophy professor at NYU who generously graced us with a repository of papers by Alvin Plantinga, David K. Lewis, John M Fischer and Peter van Inwagen. Thank you Andrew.
- http://www.sciencenews.org & http://www.sciencedaily.com – Regular stories on new scientific findings
- http://scienceblogs.com – Regular scientific musings
- http://www.ted.com – Collection of intelligent, interesting and thought-provoking talks (usually non-religious)
Blogs I follow
See the bottom widget on the right sidebar for the list of blogs which are actively posting about seeking truth and the God debate in general. I have also compiled a few category feeds to organize the more academic blogs that I follow (requires WordPress account to view):
Lastly, there are a few inactive blogs which are so well done and worth exploring that I felt compelled to include them in the list here:
Podcasts worth listening to (mostly)
- Unbelievable – This is by far my favorite active podcast. It is a UK radio show that (usually) brings together believers and unbelievers to openly discuss different views.
- Rationally Speaking – Runner-up for favorite active podcast. “Join hosts
Massimo Pigliucci andJulia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense.“
- Reasonable Doubts – No longer active. This was essentially dedicated to counter-apologetics and, though it was sometimes condescending to the religious perspective, it was very well done and very informative. Justin Scheiber has gone on to host…
- Real Atheology – Deeply philosophical assessment of religion from an atheistic perspective.
- Ask Science Mike – Christian turned atheist turned liberal Christian mystic. Very respectful and intelligent discussion, typically in a Q&A format using questions submitted by listeners.
- Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot – No longer active, but was an excellent series produced by Luke Muehlhauser, author of the Common Sense Atheism blog.
- NT Pod – Mark Goodacre’s podcast about the New Testament and Christian origins.
- Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean – Philip Harland’s podcast, primarily focusing on Christian origins and the relationship between early Christianity and other religions.
- Dogma Debate – Popular atheist \ secular humanism show, hosted by David Smalley.
- The Thinking Atheist – Popular atheism focused show, hosted by Seth Andrews
- The Friendly Atheist Podcast – Usually an interview with some prominent secular figure or a review of recent events at the intersection of the secular and religious worlds.
- Sin Boldly – Podcast from a Houston pastor that sometimes brings believers and non-believers together to discuss apologetic topics.
- A Christian and an Atheist – No longer active. Very interesting, yet informal, philosophical discussions between a Christian and an Atheist.
- You Are Not So Smart – Highlighting findings from the social and psychological sciences.
- The Partially Examined Life – “the philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it”. This is usually not focused on religion but I have come to see that philosophy is critical to religious inquiry.
- Stand to Reason – Evangelical radio show from Stand to Reason (Greg Koukl). A mix of apologetics, philosophy and theology. I usually skip past his introductory editorial and just listen to everything after, which is more focused and includes Q&A sessions with callers. I also wish he’d spend less time talking about LGBT issues. It’s really becoming annoying. Also see STR Ask, a companion Q&A for written questions.
- Waking Up with Sam Harris – I used to avoid Harris, counting him a vitriolic atheist, but after becoming reacquainted with his work I have developed an appreciation for his clear thinking and willingness to engage different opinions. I have also found that either the reputation for vitriol was substantially overstated or his tactics have changed.
- Brain Science Podcast – Reviews of the latest Neuroscience books and interviews with neuroscience researchers and authors.
- Talk Nerdy – Weekly interviews with scientists, or science writers.
- NPR Hidden Brain – “Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.”
- BBC Discovery – Explorations in the world of science.
- Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast – Weekly readings from Bart Ehrman’s blog.
- Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – Weekly roundup of science news.
- Starts with a Bang! – Monthly podcast, usually describing some feature of cosmology.
- The Psychology Podcast – “we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in.”
- The Here and How Podcast – “weekly, science-based podcast where we discover mind-blowing facts about how we got here – from the Big Bang all the way up to last week’s science breakthroughs”
- Point of Inquiry – “The Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics”
- The Don Johnson Radio Show – Intelligent apologetics show with a philosophical leaning. Now with Catholic flavor!
- I Didn’t Know That! – Reasons to Believe podcast that offers impromptu answers to listener questions.
Other sites about the search for truth and rational thought
- http://www.closertotruth.com/ – Site of the PBS series “Closer to Truth”, which engages with leading scientists and thinkers on the topics of Cosmos, Consciousness and God.
- http://lesswrong.com/ – Discussing how we can overcome inherent biases in human perception
Sites which defend a Christian worldview
- http://biologos.org/ – Leading theistic evolution organization
- http://www.reasons.org/ – Leading old-earth creationism organization
- http://christianthinktank.com – Glenn Miller’s apologetics library
- http://www.reasonablefaith.org/ – William Lane Craig’s site
- https://beliefmap.org/ – Blake Guinta’s apologetics site
- http://www.patheos.com/Evangelical.html – Hosts multiple evangelical blogs
- http://www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable – Home of the UK radio show (and podcast) that discusses the hard questions of Christianity, usually including one party from each side
- http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/ – Blog capturing posts from a diverse range of prominent apologists
- http://www.str.org/ – Stand to Reason, apologetics organization
- http://pleaseconvinceme.com – J. Warner Wallace’s apologetics site
- http://www.aomin.org/ – Alpha and Omega Ministries, apologetics organization
- http://www.apologetics315.com/ – Apologetics site
- http://www.godandscience.org/ – Apologetics site
- http://www.tektonics.org – Apologetics site
- http://carm.org/ – Apologetics site
- http://www.gotquestions.org/ – Apologetics site
- http://www.bethinking.org/ – Apologetics site
- http://web.archive.org/web/20150716003345/http://www.upc.org/worship/audiovideo/archiveclasses.aspx – Contains audio files from a series of classes co-taught by John Medina (molecular biologist and author of Brain Rules) and the pastor at his church.
You may notice the absence of dedicated young-earth creationists sites (answers in genesis, institute for creation research, etc…). I’ve chosen to dismiss those on the grounds that they seem to readily reject well founded science. The other Christian sites seem to at least accept the science and try to interpret it within their framework.
Sites which argue against theistic worldviews
- http://www.infidels.org/ – The Secular Web, organization promoting naturalism
- http://www.patheos.com/Atheist.html – Hosts multiple Athiest blogs
- http://de-conversion.com/ – Social blog focused on the losing of faith
- http://www.christianitydisproved.com – A presentation of the issues that led one man to lose his faith
- http://new.exchristian.net/ – Internet community for those who have left the faith.
- http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com – Listing of difficulties and moral issues in the bible (aggressively anti-Christian)
- http://www.rejectionofpascalswager.net – A presentation of the findings on a journey from Christian to athiest.
- http://evid3nc3.wordpress.com/ – One man’s deconversion story. The YouTube videos are the key content.
- http://epiphenom.fieldofscience.com/ – Regularly reports on scientific insights into religious belief
- http://www.talkorigins.org/ – I debated putting this under the informational resources heading but since there is substantial content arguing against creationist views, I think it fits best here.