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 had no problem to the first part of the authors upbringing in Christianity, dsn it kind of went downhill from Because the author gives both his experiences as a gung-ho evangelical preacher and as a gung-ho atheist, the book is bbarker interesting.
For those who are already in agreement with Barker, the personal story would be pretty interesting, minus some of the name dropping, but the second half would be preaching to the choir and therefore probably not interesting for most, unless they are beefing up on their knowledge to take to Thanksgiving day family arguments. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Since I’m more of an agnostic dabbling in the philosophical side of Buddhism, I may not have been eligible to vote.
Wester rated it it was amazing. The context is Jesus san the marginalised oppressed group of braker in front of him who were going through the experiences he was describing in each of the Beatitudes.
We Go to Washington. The chapter on the legal battles though had my blood boiling and me at the edge of my seat. There felt like there were thousands of examples of Biblical contradictions, for example, each explored exhaustively.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Bart Ehrman outclasses him in his books, sure, but he’s a professional historian. Value does not come from surplus; it comes from rarity. I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down.
There are a few autobiographical stories that are of interest. Preview — Godless by Dan Barker. I certainly have shared the same sense of disappointment and frustration at the unwillingness of believers to engage in a debate using reason and fact to consider claims of truth.
My holiday reading was Godless: Anyway, this is yet another challenging book for Christians brave enough to really think about their faith and why they are Christians. The disbelief part comes rather naturally. So when I read that Buybull story, I of course asked rather fearfully asked her that exact same question and got the same lame answer. Now, he is a fervent evangelical atheist, if you can say that.
Dan Barker (Author of Godless)
It’s just that Godles heard them all before. I will recommend it, but a word of warning is in place: Barker then did what I think is an honest and ethical move. In any argument, the burden of proof is on the one making the claim.
Before reading this book, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on what parts of the Bible I disagreed with. Richard Dawkins Goodreads Author Foreword.
Especially barkr I spent my childhood being told about Hell, the Devil, the Anti Christ and the mark of the beast.
He frequently challenges believers to write a simple narrative of the resurrection, using every simple detail from the New Testament, without omitting a single detail. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
So inerrantists who are actually aware of this discrepancy are in the position of having to admit that any concrete example of their “inerrant” text actually contains errors. I think this is one of the few books offering an explanation of why atheism is inspiring and rational instead of simply attacking religious people and focusing on the fringes of faith.
It was then that I became a very outspoken atheist. The first section alone is enough reason to get this book. As autobiography, Godless is very interesting, as Barker admits he’s had “religious experiences” and what believers would call a “personal relationship with God” but Barker is able to give a coherent and convincing account of how these experiences are natural, rather than supernatural.
He admitted to himself that he no longer had faith in Christianity. Nonetheless, I did get what I wanted out of the book and that was to read about his experience. It is a counterfeit love that is contingent upon authority, punishment, or reward.
Dan Barker – Wikipedia
It was a gradual process that took five or six years. He seems to be one of those people who always think that what they think is right and brilliant, and they need to tell you all about it, and try to convince you to believe it too.
Barker speaks as one who has been on the other side of the fence and found it in himself to climb over.