Further Reading

  • Homer,
    The Iliad, The Odyssey
  • Thucydides,
    The History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Plato,
    Dialogues
  • Aristotle,
    Nicomachean Ethics, Politics
  • Lucretius,
    On the Nature of Things
  • Cicero,
    The Nature of the Gods, On Duties, On Divination
  • Seneca,
    Moral Essays, Epistles, Natural Questions
  • Josephus,
    Jewish War
  • Justin Martyr,
    First Apology, Dialogue with Trypho
  • Augustine,
    Confessions, City of God
  • Dante,
    The Divine Comedy
  • John Milton,
    Paradise Lost
  • Baruch Spinoza,
    Theological-Political Treatise
  • Isaac Newton,
    Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
  • John Locke,
    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, A Letter Concerning Toleration, The Reasonableness of Christianity
  • Edward Gibbon,
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Thomas Paine,
    Age of Reason
  • David Hume,
    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, The Natural History of Religion
  • Voltaire,
    God and Human Beings
  • Charles Darwin,
    The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, Autobiography
  • John Stuart Mill,
    The Utility of Religion
  • Emile Durkheim,
    The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
  • Sigmund Freud,
    Civilization and Its Discontents, The Future of an Illusion
  • Bertrand Russell,
    Basic Writings, History of Western Philosophy
  • Albert Einstein, 
    as quoted in Max Jammer, Einstein and Religion
  • Kahlil Gibran,
    The Prophet
  • Ayn Rand,
    Atlas Shrugged
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997)
  • David Sloan Wilson,
    Darwin’s Cathedral
  • Steve Wells,
    The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible
“They shall seek power over you with a book that makes virtue a sin and sin a virtue.”
Like his brother, once Joses was believed to be a miracle worker, if he woke someone from a deep sleep, the rumor spread that he had raised him from the dead.  If someone he visited was sick and had gotten better, Joses must have cast out a demon.  If he did not recover, he must not have had enough faith.  If Joses received gifts and fed the poor, people thought the food must have rained down from Heaven at his command.  When he once walked out from the foggy shore to a boat floating in the shallows, to those watching he seemed to be walking on water.  Joses always told these people not to talk about what they think they had seen.  And those who knew him best, knew better.  Even so, many often asked Joses if he could perform miracles, and he would say, “I do, for the true miracle is not raising the dead, casting out demons, or walking on water, but softening the human heart.”
"It shall com to pass in the new time, though I shall never return in the flesh, my true gospel shall at last be recovered and brought into the light."