The Concept: Introduction to Christian Nontheism

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eBookIt.com, Dec 5, 2010 - Philosophy - 188 pages
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Maybe you were born to Christian parents and raised as a Christian. Or maybe you are just a part of a Christian nation. You might have attended church regularly, or maybe just on special occasions. If asked, you say that you believe in God, but you really never thought about what that means exactly. You are a well-educated person who accepts the idea of Biblical miracles, but only the more "reasonable" ones. You have read some of the Bible, mostly just parts of the New Testament, but never committed to reading the Bible cover to cover. You are a good person who admires the many "Christian values" as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. But something does not feel right.
- Science tells us that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, but the Bible tells us it's 6,000 years old.
- Science tells us life is the result of emergent properties in combined molecules, and we have evolved from a very primitive life form, but the Bible says that God made us, as is, from dust, and blew life in our noses.
- You see a world where little bunnies burn to death in forest fires, and wonder why an all-good and loving God would allow such a thing to happen.
- You pray to God and you realize that sometimes your prayers are answered, and sometimes they aren't -- just as if you didn't pray at all.
- You hear about other religions and wonder why your religion is right and every other religion on the planet is wrong.
- You have a real problem with the idea of all your non-Jesus-believing friends and family spending eternity in Hell.
In fact, the more you look around, the more you see a world absent of this perfect image of a perfect God. As much as you want to avoid critical thinking and "just let go and have faith," you find that you cannot believe in something contrary to your logic, reason, and common sense -- no matter how much you want to. This might lead to feelings of guilt, insincerity, and/or hypocrisy. Yet you just don't want to let go of your Christianity. And you shouldn't have to.
Can you be a Christian without believing in people living inside the stomachs of big fish, 900-year-old men, and bodies coming back to life after three days? Can you be a Christian without believing that the Bible is a historical and scientific fact inspired by God? Can you be a Christian without believing in (or pretending to believe in) the God that is so firmly embedded in our culture today? You can, and you can even continue going to church if you like. Depending on your church, you might be the member of the congregation they have staying after service/mass to scrape the gum off the pews. You might be the Christian they would first look to if God ever came down and commanded a human sacrifice. You would probably be the one they Photoshop out the church brochure. But you would be a Christian, and a darn good one.
By daring to question "orthodox" Christianity, challenging your childhood beliefs, and risking eternal damnation (okay, so there might be a minor side effect to reading this book), you will discover a whole new appreciation for Christianity as well as an appreciation for the human race. Through a unique blend of science, philosophy, theology, and a touch of humor, you will see how you can trust your logic and reason, be true to yourself, and still be proud to call yourself Christian.
 

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I would rather read the living Bible than read your Mumbo,Jumbo Crap!!!
Jesus Christ Died on the cross for all of us.Thats proof enough & Heaven I will go.......

Contents

Atheists What Proof of God Do You Require?
Having an Open Mind
Chapter 22 Just Wishful Thinking? One Billion Christians Are Wrong Chapter 23 Spirituality Not as Crazy as it Seems
How Would Your Life Be Different?
Youre In Good Company
QUESTION EVERYTHING Chapter 26 What Do You Really Know?
Anthropocentrism Really?
Heaven is Up?

What Have We Been Up To These Last 250000
Common Ground and Circular Arguments
Objective Moral Values Do They Exist?
Dying for the Faith
Creationism Evolution and Intelligent Design
Is Religion Child Abuse?
Its a Miracle
Freewill and Determinism
BELIEF Chapter 16 Belief and Christianity
Crazy or a Really Faithful Christian?
Cause I Gotta Have Faith
Heaven Its Not What You Think It
What the Hell?
What Makes You You?
Where is Hitler Now?
THE BIBLE
CHRISTIANITY
JESUS
MAKING SENSE OF IT
Bibliography
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Robert (Bo) Bennett is a business man, author, programmer, philosopher, martial artist, motivational speaker, amateur comedian, and most of all a husband and a father devoted to improving the lives of others. He is a graduate of Bryant College with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. By age 10, Bo started listening to and reading personal development tapes and books. Twenty years and hundreds of books later he is considered by many to be one of the leading experts on success. Before beginning his lifelong quest to shape the lives of others, he had to prove to himself that his theories, beliefs and convictions worked. At age 10, Bo started in business by creating and selling wooden key racks in his father's workshop. Since then, he has started several companies and sold them anywhere from $1 to $20,000,000.00. Today, Bo remains active President of Archieboy Holdings, LLC. At age 13, Bo started studying the martial arts. By Age 18, he earned his first degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Since his first back belt, he has also earned a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do and continues to study several different styles, as well as teach. When starting the martial arts, Bo also began a lifelong commitment to fitness and heath, realizing the importance of the mind-body connection. After selling his first company of significant value, Bo began writing Year To Success, the most comprehensive book ever written on success, based on his experiences, thoughts, and timeless success principles. Year to Success is a book Donald Trump calls, "an inspiration to every person who reads it." Bo is also a major supporter of and contributor to Toastmasters International (toastmasters.org), an organization established in 1924 to promote communication and leadership through public speaking. Bo and his wife, Kim, reside in Massachusetts with their two young children and their faithful dog.

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