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

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Ulysses Press, 2008 - Religion - 376 pages
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR GODLESS

"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. This book is a classic example.”
--CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS author of God is Not Great

"The most eloquent witness of internal delusion that I know--a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal world of American fundamentalist Protestantism--is Dan Barker.”
--RICHARD DAWKINS author of The God Delusion

"Godless was a revelation to me. I don’t think anyone can match the (devastating!) clarity, intensity, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey--faith to reason, childhood to growing up, fantasy to reality, intoxication to sobriety.”
--OLIVER SACKS authors of Musicophilia

In Godless, Barker recounts his journey from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, and along the way explains precisely why it is not only okay to be an atheist, it is something in which to be proud.”
--MICHAEL SHERMER publisher of Skeptic Magazine

"Godless is a fascinating memoir and a handbook for debunking theism. But most of all, it is a moving testimonial to one man’s emotional and intellectual rigor in acclaiming critical thinking.”
--ROBERT SAPOLSKY author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
 

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The only problem is Dan forgets us folks who used to think just like HE does NOW, and have become full blown believers! My heroes used to be George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell and Ayn Rand, UNTIL I had a Pauline "on the road to Damascus" experience. Nobody led me to my conversion other than the Holy Spirit Himself. One minute I was an agnostic-atheist. The very next, a child of the King. Since Barker thinks he's proficient in atheistic, anti-Biblical apologetics, any evidence to the contrary, proven by either archaeology, logic or science would probably not sway him one bit. I've actually seen him debate those really in the know concerning Christian apologetics, and he has been soundly defeated and made a fool. Jesus Christ is the ONLY righteousness that will open heaven's gate for any of us someday. Dan Barker's current mindset and personal unbelief is the ONLY "unforgivable sin." Salvation is of God, NOT of man. THAT'S where Dan went wrong. We have absolutely NOTHING to do with being converted from darkness to light. HE draws us, He gives us the GIFT of repentance. Whatever he thought he was giving up or turning his back on really was NOT his in the first place. God used Baalam's ass in scripture to accomplish His will. He can use even religious looking, Christian talking, phony believers to do the same. The end of Dan's story has not yet been written. With God, ALL things are possible! And wouldn't it be just like the Father to reach the atheist jungle by genuinely touching Dan once and for all eternity!  

Contents

The Call
3
The Fall
33
The Fallout
46
The New Call
67
Why I Am an Atheist
87
Refuting God
104
OmniAqueous
121
Cosmological Kalamity
130
Murder He Wrote
203
Bible Contradictions
222
Understanding Discrepancy
243
We Go to Washington
309
Adventures in Atheism
320
Life and Death Matters
337
Selected Bibliography
357
Index
367

Dear Theologian
145
The Bible and Morality
161
About the Author
376
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About the author (2008)

Don Barker received a degree in religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church. He has appeared on numerous talk shows including Oprah Winfrey, Hannity & Colmes, and Good Morning America. He lives in Madison, WI.

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