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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As autobiography, Godless is very interesting, as Barker admits he’s had “religious experiences” and what believers would call a “personal dwn with God” but Barker is able ean give a coherent and convincing account of how these experiences are natural, rather than supernatural.
Shows that the arguments for God’s existence are unconvincing. Barker belongs to a number of high-IQ societies, including the Prometheus Society. In any argument, the burden of proof is on the one making the claim. He would have done so if no money were involved. The arguments he does delve in to are very well documented and sourced. Barker godlesd some considerable time explaining in detail why he is an atheist.
Valuable in the human story are the reflections of intelligent and ethical people who listen to the voice of reason and who allow it to vanquish bigotry and superstition.
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists
The book can be divided in half. I have also received a scholarship from FFRF in the past.
I read and pondered, and much like Barker, one day I woke up and I could no longer deny that I was an atheist. 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.
To quote Barker, “We have suffered enough from the bar,er malignancy of belief. If you are reasonable and kind, you will discover that meaning is not handed to you from on high; it emerges naturally from your own life-driven purpose.
Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker
Yet, despite that knowledge, the edifice started to crumble when he began to think outside the box of his culture and do the kind of thinking that has helped civilization move forward for millions of years. I will recommend it, but a word of warning is in place: So this whole section of the book, in my opinion, would have been better left to another, more scholarly book, rather than plonked into this book in the xan it is.
Barker carefully drives a coach and horses through this kind of material. He lost friends and he gained friends.
I believe in trying to godlesz. Advocacy of atheism and rationalism Criticism of religion. Quotes by Dan Barker. A true joy to read. Archived from the original on October 11, In summary, a well written, interesting story that provides inspiration not found in the scriptures themselves.
I am looking forward to the chapters of his insights on biblical lore. His deconversion from fundamentalist preacher to staunch atheist comes across as honest not to mention the only logical conclusion when someone is sincerely seeking truth.
Dan Barker Quotes (Author of Godless)
Preview — Godless by Dan Barker. Despite what everyone will tell you about your personal beliefs, they are everyone else’s baeker and from that point of view I haven’t completely disclosed my personal findings with my very religious family. 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.
Without deciding what you believe? The same is true of examples of passages in which the Bible is not, by most modern standards, presenting good moral behavior.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is carried on several stations throughout dwn Midwest and is available through podcast. I went from a dedicated Christian to an agnostic, and then finally to a full blown atheist. Legal stuff was actually the least interesting part to me.
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Dan Barker – Wikipedia
Selected pages Title Page. So when I read that Buybull story, I of course asked rather fearfully asked her that goddless same question and got the same lame answer.
I also think this is a great book for someone who feels that they are being demeaned or attacked for their stance. Even the least educated atheist knows enough about the bible to judge its reliability or relevance. Some agnostics are atheistic and some are theistic. True love is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a healthy, unafraid human being. But in this section Baker proof texts in much the same way as many bsrker Christians do – he gives almost no consideration to context cultural, historical, or textual unless it serves his purpose.
He is 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. Why I Am an Atheist.
But pages was a bit steep. The process of losing faith in faith is known to be a long one, or a journey of a thousand small steps. I’m sorry, but there’s just no way I can sit through the Kalaam Cosmological Argument again. Barker also shows that the resurrection narratives are contradictory and inconsistent.