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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 2008 - Religion - 392 pages

“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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User Review  - BookReaderHere - LibraryThing

I really wanted to like this book, but in my mind there was too much stacked against it. I had no problem to the first part of the authors upbringing in Christianity, but it kind of went downhill from ... Read full review

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Godless by Dan Barker is an update of his lesser-known 1992 book, Losing Faith in Faith. According to Barker himself, the original was published in-house by his own organization because no other ... Read full review


Whats Wrong With Christianity
Chapter Two The Fall
Chapter Three The Fallout
Chapter Four The New Call
Chapter Five Why I Am an Atheist
Chapter SixRefuting
Chapter Eleven Murder He Wrote
Chapter Thirteen Bible Contradictions
Chapter Fifteen Did Jesus Exist?
Chapter Sixteen Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?
Chapter Seventeen We Go to Washington
Chapter Eighteen Adventures in Atheism
Chapter Nineteen Life and Death Matters

Chapter Seven OmniAqueous
Cosmological Kalamity
Chapter Nine Dear Theologian
Chapter Ten The Bible and Morality
Selected Bibliography
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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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