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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This book is simple, powerful, and unless you are close minded and stubborn, it’s full of facts that will contradict any religious dogma thrown your way and give you easy answers to questions that may be hindering you from fulfilling the enjoyment of life. Aug 14, Stan rated it liked it.
True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being. Co-president, Freedom From Religion Foundationauthor, musician.
The Bible and Morality. That’s not a lot.
I skipped or skimmed some of the middle part of the book. I was raised in a a Christian belief, indoctrinated in its faith from the time I was born and was being primed for the ministry as a young man. He lost friends and he gained friends. Atheists Agnostics Humanists Pantheists Deists. But a leading atheist? He attended a Bible college, married a Christian woman, and spawned four children, all the while figuring out ways to scrape out a living by freelance preaching and composing songs of worship.
And love that story about the debate. Second, Dan Barker’s journey from minister to atheist is only one third of this book and it is the most interesting part.
Barker did a fine job demonstrating the evidence or rather lack of it for a historical Jesus, and godlesx a nice picture of the primary sources available from the time period.
Guys like Barker are a dime a dozen.
I find my departure from Christianity to be very similar to his, not because I feel cheated or wronged or hurt although each of these have certainly narker the case, at times, as well ; but because I feel lied to and manipulated by men with respect titles they don’t deserve, men with degrees in things they can’t possibly know. He let the guest speakers shine, and played the consummate host, even tho, as I discovered later, he had a bad cold at the time. Even the least educated atheist knows enough about the bible to judge its reliability or relevance.
He is the author of several books including Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist. Xan the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.
But it is quite interesting and true.
Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. I did not lose my faith — I gave it up purposely. Barer was struck by how he earned his living as a preacher, like some sort of freelance performance artist.
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists by Dan Barker
The first section on his story certainly offered badker author some credibility for me personally, as I fall under the evangelical category. I am really glad that I read through to the end of the book.
He could have not listed every preacher he ever knew who was a closet atheist, or spend so many pages detailing gocless foundation’s social efforts. As it stands, a few of the things of which he does not go into very much depth felt understated and brought the pace and academic tone a little down.
How an Atheist Finds Meaning.
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I wish more Christians would read this. Using logical arguments pointing out discrepancies and contradictions in Biblical teaching; arguing that by definition God cannot be timeless, nor can a god be both infinitely merciful and infinitely powerfulmoral arguments citing the many barbarous acts the Bible condonesand linguistic arguments citing arguments over translations of the Bibleamong others, Barker attempts to dismantle the idea of an inerrant Bible and a moral Christian God.
You are full of pride and are putting yourself above God. The downside is that for the first time in my life and I never thought this would dam I found myself actually thinking that an abridged version would be better!
I need to set things straight and put Reason where it belongs in my life.
Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker
Is it fair for a Catholic to dismiss Judaism before memorizing the Talmud in the original Hebrew? Barker received a degree in religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry bagker the Standard Community Church, California, in Barker then did what I think is an honest and ethical move.
But nobody in his associates were willing to engage in a debate with him about historical accuracy, textual criticism.
I know gravity is real! The tone of the rest of the book becomes It doesn’t need to have every argument to be compelling. October 14th, at 6: Most important, there is no orthodoxy in atheism.