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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The first half of the book is his own story, the history of his life of Christian faith and then his leaving that faith, and the consequences that had for himself and his family.

The disbelief part comes rather naturally. Aside from the occasional niggle of this kind, which accounts for the one missing star, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and achieved some new insights.

Problems with cause and effect within time can easily be swept away by one who is prepared to postulate a deity standing outside the Universe and viewing time from sideways, so to speak.

Other editions – View all Godless: Maybe Guides 2 books by Dan Barker. But I truly do bbarker Christians would read more than just “Christian literature.

His supposed contribution to the world hardly compares with the hard work, sacrifice and discipline of dna individuals who have dedicated their lives to science and medicine.

The most interesting part of the whole book was the chapters about the reactions of those around him, particularly friends and even family, people he had considered great friends for years.

I’m not on Goodreads to have theologic discussions. Before reading this book, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on ran parts of the Bible I disagreed with. From Preacher to Atheist 3. Nonetheless, I did get what I wanted out of the book and that was to read about his experience.

Book Review: Godless by Dan Barker

I agree with a lot, maybe even most of his arguments, but it’s all about a fundamentalist approach to Bible and other Christian doctrines. They cause unnecessary harm. Do I agreed with it? It is well documented that we create meaning by interpreting personal experiences, but those interpretations can be wrong, and we can have experiences caused by a whole range of things.


In particular, that even most inerrantist scholars accept that the age of Ahaziah as he began his reign is discrepant between II Kings 8: Jan 14, Mike rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had no problem to the first part of the authors upbringing in Christianity, but it kind of went downhill from The tone of the rest of the book becomes I really wanted to like this book, but in my mind there was too much stacked against it.

Preview — God by Dan Barker. The downside is that for the first time in my life and I never thought this would happen I found myself actually thinking that an abridged version would be better!

Because Baker came from a fundamentalist background, he falls into the trap of treating the text of the Bible as a flat set of propositions. My favorite parts of the book were the chapters dealing with the contradictions in the bible and in God’s and Jesus’ messages, the morality or lack of it in the bible, and historical evidence relating to the existence of Jesus.

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. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed your rules. Despite what everyone will tell you about your personal beliefs, they are everyone else’s business and from that point of view I haven’t completely disclosed my personal findings with my very religious family.

Dan Barker (Author of Godless)

He also devotes several chapters to a close examination of the Bible and Christian theology, partly to catalog the contradictions and inconsistency in them. Mar 26, Joe Sampson rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. My period of questioning was rather brief in comparison and my transition in beliefs was complete in about 3 years. Your life is valuable for its own sake.


Just because Jesus was considered a Higher Ddan does not make his alleged suffering any higher than yours or mine. He devotes a bit of space explaining what godlesd agnostic and an atheist are, and why these views are more rational than the alternatives. He gldless thorough to a fault. I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Barker begins by detailing his journey in the first half of the book, followed with the philosophical problems of the existence of god, and finishes with his critiques of Christianity.

It is highly biased towards Baker’s conclusions which may not be wrong but are not offered fairmindedly. Jul 23, Autumn Kotsiuba added it Shelves: Sets out persuasively the arguments for atheism.

I was a Pentecostal preacher — until I lost my faith”. Barker then did what I think is an honest and ethical move. Part 4, “Life is Good!

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

I never knew we had a vote. Perhaps even worse, in my opinion, is that even with his own religious background, now that he has changed his mind, he tends to depict Christians as mindless sheep or superstitious idiots.

The critiques and arguments he presents in the book are well stated, clear, and thought provoking. Dec 11, Reiden rated it it was amazing Shelves: Barker’s nearly life long devotion to hardcore Christianity puts him in the perfect position to carefully sit next to those struggling with their faith and say, “Hey, it’s okay not to believe.

But most of all, it is a moving testimonial to one batker emotional and intellectual rigor in acclaiming critical thinking. He wisely employed a number of apt metaphors to give a modern reader an understanding of the situation. View all 5 comments. It is the pretense that faith equals meaning.