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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My guess is that most Christians-turned-atheists come to atheism via an intellectual process of fits and starts. If he’d skipped them, the book would not have suffered, since the book is half autobiographical anyway. God Is Not Great God: As Barker puts it, Godless shows what happens when a believer loses faith in faith.

I will read this book again, if only to undo the years of indoctrination. Barker has appeared on dozens of national television and radio programs to discuss godlezs debate brker related to atheism and the separation of state and church.

Religion is a big part of that. That should tell you something. The fault in the first half of the book is that there is a sense, at least to me, of some longing for his past “glory days” such as they were. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Aug 14, Stan rated it liked it. Apart from the fundamentalist, few educated Christians would take it that way. 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.

The agnostic says, ‘I don’t have a knowledge that God exists.

Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker | Guest Contributor | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

During that time, he read everything he could get his hands on, from history to philosophy, from science to apologetics, and then it barler. I I wish more Christians would read this. Retrieved August 17, The book is valuable for the look it gives to the gradual process that one goes through when he or she de-converts from Christianity.


There felt like there were thousands of examples of Biblical contradictions, for example, each explored exhaustively. In telling his journey, Barker presents arguments that are well stated, well researched, clear, and very thought provoking.

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists

I godldss in having an open mind. 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.

He simply blows them away with logic, reason, and points out how others are godlees more than word games, simple bad grammar, or flat out logic fallacies. I went from a dedicated Christian to an agnostic, and then finally to a full blown atheist.

Good use of scripture 6. How an Atheist Finds Meaning. So, here’s the conflict: Which is way more extreme than a man being born from dab virgin, but is actually God himself, and is the only man to ever come back from the dead. I’m an avid reader and I can honestly say that this is one of the best books ever written about this gosless. You are angry with God Atheists are often painted with the brush of anger by Christians. Many Christians, he writes, do not understand how this happens.

Anyway, this is yet another challenging book for Christians brave enough to really think about their faith and why they are Christians.

Is not ran that though, everything from personal experiences to criticism of the bible is very repetitive.

Jan 24, Naomi V rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And he lists many things I never noticed but when I open my bible now, there they are, staring me in the face, almost laughing at how simple it is to show the illogic behind belief in this version of god. I think that’s an image of Jesus I see in my grilled cheese. Overall, I wasn’t offended; it was definitely interesting to get his perspective. My library Help Advanced Book Search. If he wasn’t a believer, given his track record and zeal and thirst for both knowledge and experience, then no one is or was?


To quote Barker, “We have suffered enough from the divisive malignancy of belief. I batker had one foot in as an atheist.

Sadly, I know that very few of the latter will dare to read it. The glory of the nation, or the glory of the monarchy, or the glory of the superior race, or the glory of san church have been the cause of horrible wars and ogdless sanctioned discrimination. 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.

Account Options Sign in. But in this section Godlews 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.

Whatever the truth, or falsehood of those statements, Barker makes the telling point that they are all addressed at attacking the person, and not one of them seriously tries to understand or get to grips with the reasons he gave for no longer believing in the bible or the god of the bible. His writing style invokes sincerity and humor into an often emotionally charged topic.

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