Some suggested reading material


Many of these books are relatively short and all are reader-friendly – though dealing with challenging concepts. Most are available via Amazon, and there are interesting Customer Reviews on the Amazon website.

Julian Baggini Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex

BHA What is Humanism?

BHA The Case for Secularism

Simon Blackburn Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics

Richard Dawkins The God Delusion

A.C.Grayling What is Good? : The Search for the Best Way to Live

Karen Green The Women of Reason: Feminism, Humanism and Political Thought

Sam Harris The Moral Landscape

Richard Holloway Godless Morality

Pauline Johnson Feminism as Radical Humanism

Stephen Law Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

Alistair McGrath Dawkin’s God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life

Richard Norman On Humanism

Ben Rogers (editor) Is Nothing Sacred?

Bertrand Russell Why I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion

and Related Subjects

Bertrand Russell What I believe

Peter Singer How are we to live? – Ethics in an age of self-interest

Barbara Smoker Humanism (available through the BHA)

Two rather more analytical texts:

A.C.Grayling Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty

and Rights That Made the Modern West

Peter Singer Practical Ethics (1979) (Detailed, controversial and

wide-ranging, with useful chapters on moral dilemmas

including abortion and euthanasia)