Books by Black Atheists

Black atheist books are somewhat of a new query for African Americans. Historically, African Americans have been considered one of the most religious and superstitious demographics in the world. This is changing rapidly as more and more Black Atheists speak out and more Black Christians wake up to the realization that religion is harmful and simply not true.

Thanks to some brave Black authors and activists, there have been several books written by African American atheists during the last century. Despite the increasing amount of Black atheists, and clear openness to “diversity” within the secular movement, books by black authors and scholars have received much support from the secular/atheist/humanist community.

Whether you are an Atheist, Christian, Muslim, or Spiritually Nonreligious, there are some good books from Black Atheists that are a must read!


Looking for books by black atheist authors? Check out this list of Black atheist books and audio books. This list of books by black authors is updated regularly so be sure to check back in and see what’s new!

Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars

The word atheism elicits shock, dread, anger, and revulsion among most African Americans. They view atheism as “amoral,” heresy, and race betrayal. Historically, the Black Church was a leading force in the fight for racial justice.
 Today, many black religious leaders have aligned themselves with the Religious Right. While black communities suffer economically, the Black Church is socially conservative on women’s rights, abortion, same sex marriage, and church/state separation.
 These religious “values wars” have further solidified institutional sexism and homophobia in black communities. Yet, drawing on a rich tradition of African American free thought, a growing number of progressive African American non-believers are openly questioning black religious and social orthodoxies…

Emancipation of a Black Atheist

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   Great journeys often start with a single question. For D. K. Evans, a professional in the Christian-dominated South, that question was, “Why Do I Believe in God???
   That simple query led him on a years-long search to better understand the nature of religion and faith, particularly as it applies to the Black community.
   While many taking such a journey today might immerse themselves in the writing of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, Evans took inspiration not only from John Henrik Clarke, Yosef-Ben Jochannan, Hubert Harrison, and John G. Jackson, champions of a rich Black tradition of challenging religious orthodoxy, but also from many others in his own community who had similarly come to question their core religious beliefs.
   While this journey eventually led him to discount the notion of God, he calls on all to ask their own questions, particularly those within the Black community who act on blind faith.
   While their own journey might not lead to his truth, he acknowledges, that is the only way they will ever emancipate themselves from the truths thrust on them by others and arrive at their most important truth – their own.

The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking out on Religion and Others Should Too

Black women are the single most religious demographic in the United States, yet they are among the poorest, least educated, and least healthy groups in the nation. Drawing on the author’s own past experience as an evangelical minister and her present work as a secular counselor and researcher, The Ebony Exodus Project makes a direct connection between the church and the plight of black women. Through interviews with African American women who have left the church, the author reveals the shame and suffering often caused by the church – and the resulting happiness, freedom, and sense of purpose these women have felt upon walking away from it. This audiobook calls on other black women to honestly reflect on their relationship with religion and challenges them to consider that perhaps the answers to their problems rest not inside a church, but in themselves.

A Qualitative Study of Black Atheists: “Don’t Tell Me You’re One of Those!” (Religion and Race)

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A Qualitative Study of Black Atheists: “Don’t Tell Me You’re One of Those” is an interdisciplinary examination of a group that is rarely the study of inquiry, Black Atheists. Using in-depth, qualitative interviews, Daniel Swann builds a foundation for understanding Black Atheist identities, how Black Atheists conceive of themselves, how they perceive, internalize, and manage stigma, how they view in-group belonging, and how they understand their experiences as Atheists to be racialized. The author argues these unique circumstances have produced a distinctive identity at this particular intersection of race and religion.

Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels

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In Godless Americana, author Sikivu Hutchinson challenges the myths behind Americana images of Mom, Apple pie, white picket fences, and racially segregated god-fearing Main Street USA. In this timely essay collection, Hutchinson argues that the Christian evangelical backlash against Women’s rights, social justice, LGBT equality, and science threatens to turn back the clock on civil rights. 
As a result of this climate, more people of color are exploring atheism, agnosticism, and freethought. Godless Americana examines these trends, providing a groundbreaking analysis of faith and radical humanist politics in an era of racial, sexual, and religious warfare.

Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical: Humanism in Practice

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Feminism and atheism are “dirty words” that Americans across the political spectrum love to debate – and hate. Throw them into a blender and you have a toxic brew that supposedly defies decency, respectability, and Americana. Add an “unapologetically” Black critique to the mix and it’s a deal-breaking social taboo.
Putting gender at the center of the equation, progressive “Religious Nones” of color are spearheading an anti-racist, social justice humanism that disrupts the “colorblind” ethos of European American atheist and humanist agendas, which focus principally on church-state separation. These critical interventions build on the lived experiences and social histories of segregated Black and Latinx communities that are increasingly under economic siege.
In this context, Hutchinson makes a valuable and necessary call for social justice change in a polarized climate where Black women’s political power has become a galvanizing national force.

Christianity Before Christ

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Nothing is new or original in Christianity. That is the important thesis demonstrated in Christianity Before Christ. The least important features, as well as the most important components, were all well developed in cultures that flourished before the time that Christ is alleged to have walked the parched paths of Roman Palestine. The information presented in this audiobook is absolutely crucial if atheists and other free thinkers are to understand the nature of the beast that threatens not only their liberties and rights as citizens in a secular republic, but also threatens to return world civilization itself back to the prescientific levels of the ancient cultures from which Christianity derived all its odd details. Every atheist needs to know what is in this audiobook!

Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress?

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Why are there many churches, yet major problems in Black communities?
Why are Blacks among the most Jesus-Praising people in the world, yet the most fragmented and economically dependent?
Is there a correlation between high praising and low productivity?
Holy Lockdown addresses the paradox that exists within the Black community. One that reflects the abundance of Black churches coupled with the abundance of Black problems. There are approximately 85,000 predominately Black churches in this country, meaning, we could have 1,700 Black churches in every state!
Holy Lockdown takes a critical and long overdue look at the psychological impact the church and sermonic rhetoric has made on the Black collective, and it explores the possibility of the church as being a contributing factor to many social problems facing Blacks.

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