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Freethought Information


There are a number of freethought organizations that our MFA members support. However, similar to other large groups of people, freethinkers disagree with the approach of some of these organizations--at least some of the time. For example, some freethinkers accuse organizations of being too inflammatory. By contrast, other freethinkers claim some organizations are not directly challenging people's beliefs or being open for fear of appearing too inflammatory.

Find an organization that you can support and feel comfortable joining. And we hope that Memphis Freethought Alliance, Inc makes the list!

These organizations often have publications, forums, and loads of freethought information.


List of Recommended Organizations:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

American Humanist Association

American Atheists

Center for Inquiry

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

The Skeptic Society

National Center for Science Education

The Council for Secular Humanism

Freedom From Religion Foundation



There is also a college student run organization called S.A.U.C.E_F.O.R_A.L.L.: Southern Atheists United for Candid Expression, Freethought, Openmindedness, Reason, and Living Life, which is attempting to unite many of the Southern freethought organizations.


List of Recommended Books:

An explosion of freethought books has occurred in the past decade or so. This list includes some of the more popular recent freethought books and some favorites with some of our members. Similar to organizations, freethinkers have various preferences for how authors present the arguments challenging beliefs, especially supernatural beliefs.

  1. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2007) by Daniel C. Dennett
  2. The God Delusion (2008) by Richard Dawkins
  3. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2009) by Christopher Hitchens
  4. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005) by Sam Harris
  5. God: The Failed Hypothesis (2008) by Victor Stenger
  6. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (2007) by Bart Ehrman
  7. The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1997)by Carl Sagan
  8. Why Evolution is True (2009) by Jerry A. Coyne
  9. Freethinker: A History of American Secularism (2004) by Susan Jacoby
  10. Why I Am Not a Christian (1967) by Bertrand Russell
  11. The Works of Robert Ingersoll
  12. Infidel (2008) by Ayaan Hirsi Ali