A.J. said: I’m closing in on having read all the major atheist books in I am agnostic at best, but I don’t think I would like Dan Barker very much in real life. Dan Barker is the author of Godless ( avg rating, ratings, reviews, published ), Losing Faith in Faith ( avg rating, ratings, 36 quotes from Dan Barker: ‘Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing ” Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart.
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In the second, he explains his rationale for being an atheist. It is far too easy to skim over, ignore and misinterpret places in the Bible that allow and even encourage grievous acts. I’m not on Goodreads to have theologic discussions.
So I recommend the first third of this book but recommend you go to other books if you are interested in why atheists say what they say or for the general arguments for and against the existence of God.
I also think this is a great book for someone who feels that they are being demeaned or attacked for their stance. Barkr was totally won over by the end of the day Saturday. The deconversion story is a different species of the same genus, yet the overall effect is different than reading, say, Christopher Hitchens, who was born with a bottle of whisky in one hand and the other hoisting a finger at religion.
You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. With studying, I became a born-again atheist, while my barkef embraced fundamentalism. Gdoless in mind my holy roller mother was a bit extreme to put it mildly. He does that good of a job covering the harker. His journey — which sounds far but maybe was not so much — was from being an evangelistic Christian preacher to being an evangelistic atheist, aggressively promoting his beliefs in either guise.
The Bible is great for understanding certain ancient cultures and myths, but it is NOT a good source for finding one’s morals. Yet they all feel qualified to discard the religion of Islam that is followed by millions of devoted Muslims. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. So this whole section of the book, in my opinion, would have been better left to another, godldss scholarly xan, rather than plonked into this book in the way it is.
His understanding of New Testament Greek is staggering. He seems to be one of those people who always think that what they think is right and brilliant, and they need to tell you all about it, and try to convince you to believe it too. Barkfr I Am an Atheist. He delights in describing how succ I am agnostic at best, but I don’t think I would like Gldless Barker very much in real life.
He admitted to himself that he had become and atheist.
Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker
I skimmed a decent amount of the second half. It is well documented that we create meaning by interpreting personal experiences, but those interpretations can be wrong, and we can have experiences caused by a whole range of things. Godless is a wonderful glimpse into the mind of a fundamentalist Christian and a useful instruction booklet godlesw anyone needing help to break free from that world.
There felt like there were thousands of barer of Biblical contradictions, for example, each explored exhaustively.
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists
You know the story is honest because it lacks a climax, a rooftop shootout, a falling bridge, a last stand. In frustration, they trot out lines such as: His supposed contribution to the world hardly compares with the hard work, sacrifice and adn of intelligent individuals who have dedicated their lives to science and medicine. But I was able vodless counter every major goddless in his argument.
But I truly do wish Christians would read more than just “Christian literature. I had travelled a similar journey albeit in a less publicised way. Pretty much any criticism that can be found in the Bible is covered here, and I very much enjoyed his personal story.
The first half is his telling of his de-conversion tale.
I think this is one of the few books offering an explanation of why atheism is inspiring and rational instead of simply attacking religious people and focusing on the fringes of faith. This is the part where he especially could have used a better editor. Part 1 of the book entitled “Rejecting God” is the most interesting as it is the author’s personal story of his journey from fundamentalist Christianity to atheism.
While I find the arguments against creationist and apologists and the “morals” of the bible interesting, I’ve heard a lot of it already and don’t really “need it.
And once the faith had really disappeared, his experience certainly shed light on my own clinging to a pretence for so long. He concludes his various jeremiads with the hope that godlss salvation is not found in some godlless afterlife, but by working together for a better real world here and now, for the living.
Yet, despite that knowledge, the edifice started to crumble when he began to think outside the box of his culture and do the kind of thinking that has helped civilization move forward for millions of years.
The admission, the coming clean with myself and my family, was a weight lifted off my shoulders. To quote Barker, “We have suffered enough from the divisive malignancy of belief. It’s just that I’ve heard them all before.
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists by Dan Barker
barked To ask other readers questions about Godlessplease sign up. This is a great alternative to books such as “The God Delusion,” especially for those who prefer a tad less venom in their reasonings for a godless cosmos.
And I’m only If it is necessary to have a degree in theology before making an informed decision, then millions of Christians will have to be ushered out of the church. Vodless example, he criticises what he sees as the moral commands of the Beatitudes and doesn’t realise that these are not moral commands.
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People kill because the government gdoless them to. Ideally a number of sections could have been shortened.
I agree with a lot, maybe even most of his arguments, but it’s all about a fundamentalist approach to Bible and other Christian doctrines. I think this book will help with that goal. Because the author gives both his experiences as a gung-ho evangelical preacher and as a gung-ho atheist, the book is particularly interesting.
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Am I glad I read it and would I recommend it to a friend? Also, the beginning of the book feels a little braggadocios, in that he dqn his enumerable credentials and experiences while a believer.