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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I liked a lot of it, mostly the parts where Barker told about his own life: Christianity sees itself as the cure, but I see it as the most egregious manifestation of the brokenness of which humanity needs desperately to be healed, but of which it probably never will be. That’s all relative anyway to what is needed. His understanding of New Testament Greek is staggering.
The most interesting part of the whole book was the chapters about the reactions of those around him, particularly friends and even family, people he had considered great friends for years. Not only was I clinging to a culture and people that I had known for most of my adult life, but I was also clinging to a public reputation that I had established.
Frankly, that stuff doesn’t make a whole lot of sense anyway, when you think about it.
A well told, fascinating story of an evangelical preacher turned atheist. Is not just that though, everything from personal experiences to criticism of the bible is very repetitive. The process of losing faith in faith is known to be a long one, or a journey of a thousand small steps. This is that first book — rereleased by an actual publisher instead of FFRF itself. Barker was a big name in a specific field, namely Evangelical Christian music writing and performing, and his efforts to make sure the reader knows this feel a little like he misses those days, or at least wants to be sure we know he was kind of a big deal.
Godless was instrumental to me in understanding where she is coming from, and also makes my own convictions more solid.
In fact a lot of his reasoning is exactly the same as what has been said by “li Now, here’s a book that’s very hard to rate objectively. Well written, eloquence throughout 3. He is thorough to a fault.
Claiming that Christianity must be true because so many people believe it is pointless. Some agnostics are atheistic and some are theistic.
With the exception of a couple of lingering tales pertaining to his personal life, I thought this was almost the perfect book for someone with serious questions about the validity of their belief and also as a source of education in the area of the non-exsistance of God. The critiques and arguments he presents in the book are well stated, clear, and thought provoking.
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. Richard Dawkins Goodreads Author Foreword.
Barker takes us through the references to Jesus in the later secular historians and shows the paucity of the evidence. But I was able to counter every major “flaw” barekr his argument. Perhaps the strongest part of the book were the lists of biblical contradictions. But overall it is an enjoyable read. Want to Read saving….
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists by Dan Barker
Also, the beginning of the book feels a little braggadocios, in that he lists his enumerable credentials and experiences while a believer. The book concludes by showing how his life has improved since he scuttled superstition for evidence-based living.
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But pages was a bit steep. I believe in trying to understand. A lot of the book is the pretty typical “arguments for the nonexistance of God” stuff, but I thought the biographical section to be the most interesting. You are deeply troubled. He simply blows them away with logic, reason, and points out how others are no more than word games, simple bad grammar, or flat out logic fallacies.
I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Overall an excellent book in the tradition of the recent spate of atheist books by S. Dan attempts to address this by the definition of “Universe” as having nothing outside it, but it seems a little forced.
There is no external historical confirmation for the New Testament stories, and the stories themselves are contradictory. There is a narcissistic, self-aggrandizing tone to his writing. I was not reassured let me tell you. There are just too many things that the God of the Bible does, says or tells others to do that would not be tolerated in todays modern societies. 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.
I skimmed a decent amount of the second half. I will recommend it, but a word of warning is in place: I’m a Christian even after reading this book.
But his arguments against the best apologetics out there are fantastic. His journey parallels many people’s journey including my own.
Yet they all feel qualified to discard the religion of Islam that is followed by millions of devoted Muslims. There felt like there were thousands of examples of Biblical contradictions, for example, each explored exhaustively.
But in this section Baker proof texts in much the same way as many fundamentalist Christians do – he gives almost no consideration to context cultural, historical, or textual unless it serves his purpose.
I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Want to Read saving…. I believe in having an open mind. Barker does a great of job of letting the reader inside, to how he once was and how he is barksr.