Here is a list of the main people, websites, and books that influenced me during my journey of deconversion.
Common Sense Atheism
This is an incredibly smart guy who is a former Christian and there is a ton of info on his site for atheists and Christians (even though he doesn’t post new stuff on it anymore). What I loved about him is that he would criticize even bad atheist arguments – he really was out for truth. He has links to 400+ theist/atheist debates which you’ll probably find very useful. You could spend a lot of worthwhile time on here.
Bart D. Ehrman on the Bible. I realize even he isn’t free from criticism but it was enough to make me realize that the Bible was at least not inerrant and at most not even reliable. He’s on youtube but his books will give you much more.
Authors who also have debates on youtube:
Dan Barker (former Christian – his book ‘godless’ had a huge impact on me)
Michael Shermer (former Christian)
He has obviously had a huge impact on people and what he also got across to me was that there is a problem with the basic storyline of Christianity. He’s amazing in his debates.
I realize this is humour, but it had a big impact on me. It made it possible for me to step outside of my Christian bubble and see it from the outside. I’m amazed how important points can be made with humour even better than in a serious way sometimes. Plus they’re just fun to watch. I think there are 4 or 5 seasons.
This guy had a big impact on me. Let me know if you’re interested in which of his videos I think are the best.
I visited this site a lot when I was searching but haven’t followed it recently. I see he’s done some debates which are listed on his sidebar.
The Secular Web
Click on the Library tab as well as the Kiosk tab.
His deconversion story really impacted me. A true intellectual deconversion explained.
The book 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by Guy P. Harrison.
Christopher Hitchen’s book God is Not Great.
Dan Barker’s book godless