Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation Michael Hecht, Jennifer HarperOne (September 7, 2004)
An excellent introduction to skepticism and religious doubt throughout history, starting with the notion that ‘For as long as there has been religious beliefs, there have been those that doubted them.’ Hecht delves deep into the various styles, philosophies and beliefs of some of history’s great religious doubters and their reasons for doubting while maintaining a very reasoned and sympathetic attitude towards believers. She examines the political and social forces religions played (and still play) on civilization. “Doubting the existence of God or some ultimate power or divinely mandated code is a very private experience, but it has everything to do with the larger community.” (intro. xvi) - Running the gamut of Eastern, Asian, Middle and Western philosophies and religious belief systems, this book is an excellent primer on not just that there were religious doubters but why they doubted and dared to doubt regardless of the sociological pressures.