But there are dozens of great books I’m still waiting for atheists to write. Below are some of them. I’d also like to know which atheist books you would like to see written!
Superstition in Retreat
A book about how the advance of knowledge from Ancient Greece to today has forced ancient superstitions to either die out or, as in Christianity’s case, be massively revised – century after century after century. The final chapter would look forward to future scientific blows to superstition, such as the discovery of more plausible mechanisms for abiogenesis, the discovery of microsocopic life on other planets, the resurrection of Neanderthals (ala Jurassic Park, not kidding), and machine consciousness.
Several Dozen Arguments for Atheism
I would like to see one of the major atheistic philosophers provide his own survey of the several dozen atheistic arguments available, assessing their strengths and weaknesses like Graham Oppy did in Arguing About Gods but with a focus on atheistic arguments instead of theistic arguments.
A History of the Problem of Evil
I want to read a comprehensive history of the problem of evil in ancient, medieval, and modern thought, with a special focus on developments after 1950 – Mackie, the evolution of Plantinga’s free will defense, both of Rowe’s formulations, Draper’s formulation, popular theodicies, all the way up through Nathan Hanna’s attempt to resurrect the logical problem of evil.
A Rebuttal to the Apologetics of William Lane Craig
William Lane Craig is quickly becoming the greatest and most popular defender of the type of evangelical Christianity popular in the USA. A set of scholarly rebuttals to his arguments is sorely needed. Perhaps Wes Morriston and Graham Oppy could do a chapter on the Kalam argument, Elliot Sober could do one on the teleological argument, Erik Wielenberg could do one on his moral argument, and so on.
The Help and Harm of Religion
A summary of the scholarly literature on the apparent benefits and harms of religious beliefs of all sorts around the world, with a summary of arguments given by multiple sides on each topic.
How People Become Atheists
A summary of scholarly research on what causes atheism, including factors at the global scale, the societal scale, the community scale, and the personal scale.
God, the Failed Explanation
An expansion of the work begun in Dawes’ Theism and Explanation, showing why it is that theistic explanations are such poor explanations, and why theistic ‘arguments to the best explanation’ (for apparent design, for consciousness, for reason, for morality, etc.) are unlikely to succeed.
Why Reformed Epistemology Fails
Preferably written by a set of Christian scholars who reject the smoke and mirrors of Reformed Epistemology, this book would show why even the most sophisticated and generously interpreted forms of Reformed Epistemology do not provide warrant for theistic belief.
The Failed Search for a Rational Theology
A summary of attempts to construct a rational theology of God, Jesus, creation and salvation that can be plausibly defended, and why each of them fails. The book wouldn’t need to quote an atheistic arguments; only arguments that theologians have given against each other’s views.