The Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James
Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
by Aldous Huxley
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
by Jeffrey J Kripal
When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
by Tanya Luhrmann
Centuries of Meditations
by Thomas Traherne
States of ecstasy (from the ancient Greek ekstasis, meaning ‘standing outside’) are moments when you lose your ordinary sense of self and feel connected to something greater than you. It can be euphoric, but it can also be terrifying, says the philosopher Jules Evans. Here he selects five books that explore the significance and power of these surprisingly common experiences.
Humanist ideas are not a recent phenomenon, but have been around for millennia, says Andrew Copson, chief executive of Humanists UK. He explains why it’s worth making a positive choice to be a humanist and recommends a great humanist reading list.
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
by Carl Sagan
The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions
by Alex Rosenberg
God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason
by Herman Philipse
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
by Daniel C Dennett
A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom
by Andrew Dickson White
The former magician sharpens his knives against proponents of flim-flam, pseudoscience and the so-called paranormal. And tells us where the creator of Sherlock Holmes went very badly wrong. He picks the best books on scepticism.
Evolutionary biologist, Jerry Coyne, tells us why Darwin is still essential reading and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution for books that are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to general readers. He picks the best books on evolution.
The professor of religious history says that though the world may seem to be increasingly secular, the growth of Christianity and Islam in some places disproves it. He chooses five books that fuel the debate