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Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity Paperback – October 30, 2008
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Here is what Dr. Geisler said (who is considered the DEAN of Christian apologetics, and wrote the Christian Encyclopedia of Apologetics, along with 70 other books): "[John's book] is a thoughtful and intellectually challenging work, presenting arguments that every honest theist and Christian should face."
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The insights and detailed information contained in this book make for enlightening reading. There is much for everyone, from believers who are courageous enough to think more deeply about their faith to nonbelievers who want to better understand the arguments Christians make in defense of their religion. I highly recommend this book.
--Guy P. Harrison, author of
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Moreover, I sympathize with the author's claim that Christians, and especially students at Christian colleges (or in church-run apologetics programs), should read a book like this one and confront these kinds of issues and arguments. In particular, I think evangelicals need to seriously ponder what Loftus calls the religious diversity and dependency theses, as well as his "outsider test." I've found that would-be soul savers tend to fall off their script when I suggest to them that if we'd been born in North Africa rather than North America, most likely they'd be telling me about the glory of Allah rather than the mercy of Jesus.
But despite these strengths, I wouldn't recommend that this be the book that Christians read for the sake of that confrontation.
First, it's mistitled. It should be titled, "Why I am No Longer a Conservative Evangelical," or even more pointedly, "Why I Remain No Longer a Conservative Evangelical." Loftus' arguments are almost entirely with that set, which is one of the few that has any investment in the apologetics he aims to refute.Read more ›
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http://jaysonlinereviews.com great book it really opens up your eyes and makes you think.Published 7 months ago by jaysonlinereviews
"Religion" is a farcical 'addictive' means of controlling the masses!
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If you can imagine Atheists as cute kitten posters and Christians as people who don't really care for cute kitten posters, then you've grasped the central argument of this book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven Harder
Whether writing or speaking, Loftus commands your attention and keeps you engaged. This is a terrific read and will inspire and educate.Published on April 21, 2014 by rob0bOy
As a minister's daughter that has left the faith, I could very much identify with John Loftus' story. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by A.Wylde
I teach classes at a Lutheran Christian university that especially struggle with the "why's" of believing and not believing. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by John D. Reek
Firstly in all fairness, I have been blessed with a near-death experience when I was young. I didn't understand it, or know Who was talking to me before I was returned to life. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Satisfied Customer
I purchased this book after reading some of the reviews written here. Clearly reviews are written on the basis of agreement, not on scholarly treatment of the subject. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Tim Burke