By Dan Barker

ADVANCE compliment FOR GODLESS

“Valuable within the human tale are the reflections of clever and moral those who hearken to the voice of cause and who let it to conquer bigotry and superstition. This e-book is a vintage example.”
—CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS writer of God isn't Great

“The such a lot eloquent witness of inner fable that I know—a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal international of yankee fundamentalist Protestantism—is Dan Barker.”
—RICHARD DAWKINS writer of The God Delusion

“Godless used to be a revelation to me. I don’t imagine an individual can fit the (devastating!) readability, depth, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey—faith to cause, youth to growing to be up, fable to truth, intoxication to sobriety.”
—OLIVER SACKS authors of Musicophilia

In Godless, Barker recounts his trip from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, and alongside the way in which explains accurately why it's not merely ok to be an atheist, it really is anything within which to be proud.”
—MICHAEL SHERMER writer of Skeptic Magazine

“Godless is an engaging memoir and a guide for debunking theism. yet so much of all, it's a relocating testimonial to 1 man’s emotional and highbrow rigor in acclaiming serious thinking.”
—ROBERT SAPOLSKY writer of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

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While Refuting God gives simple, thumbnail responses to most theistic arguments, Cosmological Kalamity (which you are welcome to skim if philosophy is not your cup of tea) shows how I deal in depth with one of those arguments. Part 3, What’s Wrong With Christianity, critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Biblical Contradictions gives a brief list of discrepancies, but Understanding Discrepancy takes one of these into greater depth, showing that we skeptics are not simply rattling off shallow lists.

HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE? ARE WE ALL SINNERS? HOW OLD WAS JEHOIACHIM WHEN HE BECAME KING? HOW OLD WAS AHAZIAH WHEN HE BEGAN TO REIGN? SHOULD WE SWEAR AN OATH? WHEN WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED? SHALL WE OBEY THE LAW? HOW MANY ANIMALS ON THE ARK? WERE WOMEN AND MEN CREATED EQUAL? WERE TREES CREATED BEFORE HUMANS? DID MICHAL HAVE CHILDREN? HOW MANY STALLS DID SOLOMON HAVE? DID PAUL’S MEN HEAR A VOICE? IS GOD OMNIPOTENT? DOES GOD LIVE IN LIGHT? DOES GOD ACCEPT HUMAN SACRIFICE? WHO WAS JOSEPH’S FATHER? Chapter Fourteen - Understanding Discrepancy “HEAR” OR “UNDERSTAND”?

Anne and Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (the first atheist friends I had ever knowingly met) handled the first segment of the show, discussing atheism. After the commercial, the camera pointed to me and the lights came up. “Joining me now,” said Oprah, “is a former ordained minister of 17 years who gave up his religion: Dan Barker. ” “I was one of those guys who would walk up to you on the street and tell you about Jesus Christ,” I began, “and would convince you to say the sinner’s prayer, would convince you that you were a sinner deserving of damnation, tell you about Jesus’ love, read the bible to you and pray with people like yourself.

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