My last semester of college starts tomorrow and will consist of only one class, called "Liberal Arts Capstone". The basic idea is that you choose a topic related to your major but that you have not previously investigated in your coursework for your major, then you write a fairly lengthy (minimum 25 pages, or about 6,300 words) paper on that topic. I'm a philosophy major who put most of his effort into examining the mind/body problem, so I've decided that my topic is going to have something to do with atheism and/or freethought. Putting this under "Religion and Society" because the paper is almost certainly going to end up falling under that category, regardless of which direction it goes in.
Starting this thread mostly to ask for anyone's thoughts and suggestions. The topic needs to be narrowed down quite a bit for this purpose, and I'm trying to figure out which way I want to go. Apologetics and counter apologetics? Separation of church and state? Should I go even narrower? (It would be pretty easy to write 25 pages just on Pascal's Wager, as probably everybody here is well aware.) Just toss out whatever's on your mind, I'd like this to be kind of a brainstorming thing.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions as to books, web sites, or the like that they've found helpful? I'm already familiar with most of the more common literature, such as Hitchens, Dawkins, Smith, and Russell, but I'd be interested in hearing about less well-known stuff. I must also confess that I have never read any Ingersoll, which I suppose I'll need to take care of.
Thanks in advance.