Godless

Godless

How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

eBook - 2009
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR GODLESS

"Valuable in the human story are the reflections of intelligent and ethical people who listen to the voice of reason and who allow it to vanquish bigotry and superstition. This book is a classic example."
--CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS author of God is Not Great

"The most eloquent witness of internal delusion that I know--a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal world of American fundamentalist Protestantism--is Dan Barker."
--RICHARD DAWKINS author of The God Delusion

" Godless was a revelation to me. I don't think anyone can match the (devastating!) clarity, intensity, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey--faith to reason, childhood to growing up, fantasy to reality, intoxication to sobriety."
--OLIVER SACKS authors of Musicophilia

In Godless , Barker recounts his journey from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, and along the way explains precisely why it is not only okay to be an atheist, it is something in which to be proud."
--MICHAEL SHERMER publisher of Skeptic Magazine

" Godless is a fascinating memoir and a handbook for debunking theism. But most of all, it is a moving testimonial to one man's emotional and intellectual rigor in acclaiming critical thinking."
--ROBERT SAPOLSKY author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Publisher: [United States] : Ulysses Press : Made available through hoopla, 2009
ISBN: 9781569751480
156975148X
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Dawkins, Richard
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zzardoz
Jan 18, 2016

If you question Religion in general...this is the book to read

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ryner
Jun 12, 2014

It's hard to imagine a more fervent believer than Dan Barker, a born-again Evangelical preacher and missionary from the age of 17. You might expect he'd be the least likely to lose his faith, but lose it he did -- from coming out as an atheist on Oprah in 1984 to becoming co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The initial autobiographical portion of the book eventually gives way to both philosophical arguments (e.g., how a being cannot be simultaneously both infinitely merciful and infinitely just), appeals to logic and detailed descriptions of biblical inaccuracies and contradictions that refute the idea that it is the word of an omniscient, divine being.

I listen occasionally to the FFRF's weekly podcasts, but I'm not a particular fan of Barker as a host. I find his smug personality and flat humor rather off-putting and, while he's admittedly a gifted musician, I find most of his compositions almost unbearably corny. If it weren't for the show's fascinating guest interviews I wouldn't be listening at all. That said, Barker is much more likable and convincing on paper, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I enjoyed the philosophical reasoning, and I was also particularly fond of the chapter titled 'Dear Theologian,' a monologue of existential questioning directed from God to his human creation.

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naturalist
Mar 26, 2014

Similar title: "Why I Became an Atheist: a former preacher rejects Christianity" ... by .. Loftus, John W. ..... Prometheus 2008 pbk ISBN: 1591025923 ISBN: 978-1591025924

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

Godless by Dan Barker is an update of his lesser-known 1992 book, Losing Faith in Faith. According to Barker himself, the original was published in-house by his own organization because no other publisher wanted it. Losing Faith was a bestseller year after year, but only within the small groups of secularists and freethinkers who touted it. In the years since, interest in non-religious viewpoints has grown exponentially thereby prompting another publisher to ask for an update and release it again.

At a young age Dan Barker committed himself wholeheartedly to being a Christian. His specific beliefs were evangelical, fundamentalist and Pentecostal, but from his own viewpoint he was simply a humble follower of Jesus, living according to the gospel. This is perhaps the most important part of Barker's case against belief and religion. Very few form their spiritual beliefs from a position of reason and logic, and therefore criticisms of one's religion often comes across as heartless and missing the point. As the argument goes, belief in God is a deep spiritual and emotional connection which non-believers don't experience and therefore cannot possibly understand. Dan Barker does understand because he lived the life. And if you read his story you'll see that he lived according to the Bible more closely than probably any person you know. His journey from Christian to atheist happened over many years as, one by one, each of his deeply-held beliefs shifted from literal truth to metaphor, and eventually to not worth his time. Barker is also a skilled debater and much of this book focuses on arguments against faith from the hundreds of debates he's participated in.

I read the original book several times when I discovered it over 10 years ago so I was curious how much this new release resembled its predecessor. His personal story is expanded to include more detail which I appreciated, and a few of the chapters containing arguments are refined, no doubt from his debate experience. Much of the material though is essentially the same, which makes sense because most of the arguments haven't changed in decades.

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KerrAvon
Jul 30, 2011

An amazingly well-researched book! Shows the various theories of the Jesus myth and the so-called "Divine inspiration" that clearly was an invention of man. One great one is Luke says the ascention happened right after the resurrection, while Acts has him hanging around for forty days first! Barker slices and dices this nonsense with a huge, polished knife! Super read!

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jlautermilch
Apr 07, 2011

An interesting book. One man's journy to discover himself. Whether one is a theist or an atheist there is a lot to learn from this book.

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