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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Bible and Morality. Most of what he godlss makes sense but when he rips apart more universal and common sense teachings like the Golden Rule or parts of the Sermon on the Mound, there seems to be a bit of bitterness, maybe even competitiveness in his style.
Retrieved August 21, Reference quality good source for debating friends Negatives: Interesting transformation to Atheism 2. Even though Dan Barker uses a lot of space on anecdotes, his well educated and thought out arguments against religious “delusions” are so well written that I still find it necessary to give this book 5 stars. I really wanted to like this book, but in my mind there was too much stacked against it.
The critiques and arguments he presents in the book are well stated, clear, and thought provoking.
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The first half is barkef telling of his de-conversion tale. Love is not godlezs, conformity, or submission. Barker did a fine job demonstrating the evidence or rather lack of it for a historical Jesus, and painted a nice picture of the primary sources available from the time period. Refresh and try again. As Barker puts it, Godless shows what happens when a believer loses faith in faith.
Since I’m more of an agnostic dabbling in the philosophical side of Buddhism, I may not have been eligible to vote. We Go to Washington.
Overall, I wasn’t offended; it was definitely interesting to get his perspective. October 14th, at 6: Now, here’s a book that’s very hard to rate objectively. I’m a Christian even after reading this book.
Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker
That sounds a little forced to me, not to mention egotistical. Want to Read saving… Error rating book.
The tone of the rest of the book becomes Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the rest, but this stands out as it is written by someone who was deeply involved in religion for much of his life.
From Preacher to Atheist. Barker began his career as an evangelical minister when gidless was fifteen years old.
Dan Barker (Author of Godless)
Love is not murdering your son to appease your own vanity. How many Christians know that much about the Koran? I do not wish to actually work through this suggestion for consistency but merely to point out that if I, a militant godlss, am not convinced then there is no way a believer is going to capitulate.
Unlike most books written by atheists, Xan was the real-deal fundamentalist Christian. In summary, Part 1 is worth reading to gain an insight into Baker’s journey and what was going on inside his head as he struggled with the loss of his faith.
For example, he criticises what he sees as the moral commands of the Beatitudes and doesn’t realise that these are not moral commands. The friendship suffered, because for the first time ever, I had to screen my conversations with her in order not to offend her Christian values. Finally, Dan discusses his Supreme Court case and the state of atheism in America today. 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.
If the only way you can be motivated to be kind to others is by the promise of heaven, that shows how little godles think of others. But, it certainly godlews to set the tone for the rest of the book. If you are searching for a book on the subject, I highly recommend this one. Atheist Manifesto Breaking the Spell: And that freaked me out.
He godles the current co-president with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundationan American Freethought organization that promotes the separation of church and state. In telling his journey, Barker presents arguments that are well stated, well researched, clear, and very thought provoking. I am sure there are readers to whom this would appeal a good deal, so my boredom there could well be my issue, not the author’s.
I’m sorry, but there’s just no way I can sit through the Kalaam Cosmological Argument again.
View all 5 comments. Losing Faith in Faith ratings. Our planet needs a faithectomy. Further, very little choice is involved aside from the choice to read and ask questions.