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2017-05-24 10:20

BBC Radio

AudioBooks - Superstition

Audiobooks on Superstition/Religion

Here you will find writings on the subject of superstition - in which category I include religion*.  I make no apology for the fact that the writings here are largely critical rather than supportive of religion - there are plenty of sources for the sort of 'Praise Jesus' writings that I find trite and rather boring. This is the place where religious certainties are prodded with a sharp stick, and religious edifices are examined, brick by brick, to reveal the foundations of sand on which they stand. Included here are writings by the eminent bible scholar Bart Ehrman, who knows as much as anyone about the historicity of the New Testament. If you want to understand the context and historical truth of the New Testament then you should read his books 'Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted,  and Forged''. If you want to read general criticism of religion and its societal effects then you might turn to the 4 Horsemen - Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet and Harris who are all represented here. If you want to understand why religion is such a feature of human societies then Shermer, Wade and Dennett should be your choice. Whatever aspect of religion or superstition in general interests you I am confident that you will find something here to help illuminate and inform.

Please note that the books all have an audio reading enclosed. I have found from experience that audiobooks are a very useful and worthwhile format but they have their problems. Chief amongst them is the problem of diagrams, maps, illustrations etc. Text books have their own problems - the need to turn pages and the concentration required. I find that a mix of the two is almost ideal. You can read along or just listen for most of the time, and you have the non-text content when needed.  The problem is that, even though I have reduced the size (and therefore the quality) of the audio as much as I could bring myself to do, the stream is still quite large and will take time to download.  If you click for audio and get nothing, refresh the browser and wait for at least a minute before clicking on play again. 

Hitch22 missionary portableatheist DemonHauntedWorld
GodNotGreat arc end lcn
moral landscape weird misquoting jesus wake up
bbrain judas Forged godsproblem
PPM Jesus interrupted jngnm GodDelusion
faithvfact BreakingTheSpell FaithInstinct  1

*I know that religious folk find this insulting, but I promise that I have not done it just to wind people up - that would be counter-productive.
My own position is that all religion is a sub-set of superstition. Religion relies on faith, like superstitions of all kinds, and all religions that I know of are unsupported, and often contradicted, by science.  My dictionary defines superstition as "a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief."  That seems to me to apply pretty much exactly to religion. The only possible point of contention could be 'unjustified' - but my position is that any belief held without good evidence is, de facto, unjuustified, and until I see a good argument to the contrary I'm afraid my position with remain that religion is a form of superstition.