Atheist Books Top Latest Bestsellers of Religion

Two of these things are not like the others. Here is the top ten list of Latest BestSellers of Religion Hardcover from Publishers Weekly for the week of March 12, 2007. Do you notice something strange about the list? The top two books are both by atheists attacking religion and defending atheism. What is wrong with this picture? This is like giving out country music awards to a rap group. (Or rap music awards to a country group.)

  1. The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
  2. Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
  3. Get Out of the Pit! Straight Talk About God’s Deliverance, by Beth Moore
  4. The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren
  5. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, by Joel Osteen
  6. Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul, by John Eldredge
  7. How to See Yourself as You Really Are, by Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins
  8. Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs, by Emerson Eggerichs
  9. The Confident Woman, by Joyce Meyer
  10. Epicenter: Why Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future, by Joel Rosenberg

Reported in DallasNews Religion; HT: PastorBlog

Update: Here are some recent articles by Albert Mohler and Alvin Plantinga on the Dawkins and Harris books mentioned above.


  1. Timothy Michalak says:

    Letter to a Christian Nation;

    I don’t know much about this book, but what I’ve gotten from wikipedia I can already point out a couple things wrong with it.

    Wikipedia says, “Harris addresses his arguments to members of the conservative Christian Right in America. In answer to their appeal to the Bible on all questions of morality, he points to the harsh moral code of the Old Testament (death for adultery, homosexuality, disobedience to parents etc.), and contrasts this with, for example, the complete non-violence of Jainism.”

    It’s funny how Atheists only point to the Old Testament when it comes to morality and punishment. If we look at the New Testament, I think Jesus says something a little like this,

    “Mary, you must be put to death for committing adultery.” I’m not sure if that is quite word for word though. =)

    Another quick point is hostility to Christian faith, and only Christian faith. I do not think this book would be a bestseller if it was about Islamic morals. I’m quite sure that the Islamic morals are much more brutal than Christians. After all, look at their leader Mohammed! If this book was written about Islamic culture and how Atheism is better than it, Sam Harris would be most likely fired from every position he is in right now.

  2. Ray Fowler says:


    Thanks for your comments. I have just updated the original post with links to some articles that have more information about Dawkins’ and Harris’ books. I think you will find them interesting.

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