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Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Revised & Expanded) Paperback – March 27, 2012
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-Dr. Norman L. Geisler Christian apologist, author of The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
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The reason I mention this about the last edition of WIBA is to say the new edition has been dramatically improved. And that's saying something, considering how good the last edition was. The editing in this book is better, and the writing is in general more clear and precise, which makes John's arguments easy to follow. As with the previous edition, Loftus is generally very fair in his critique of Christianity. His arguments throughout the book that have received criticism have been updated, and his responses to critiques are, as to be expected of Loftus, thorough. In my opinion, this is the best single volume critique of Christianity at the popular level (although it could be said this book is somewhat above the popular level). In fact, I would recommend this to anyone, Christian or skeptic, as the best single book making a case against Christianity period.
I had some doubts about purchasing this book because I owned the previous edition and didn't know if it would be worth the money. I can now say it was definitely worth it. This is now my go to source concerning the arguments for and against Christianity.
If one seeks a good introduction to the arguments and nuances of "the God debates", this book is probably the best starting point because it goes over all of the relevant material but is not as technical as something like JL Mackie's classic The Miracle of Theism.
This book by Loftus is heavily footnoted with references to longer treatments by authors on both sides of the issues he is addressing. I have added many books and articles to my list as a result of pursuing his footnotes.
Despite the wide scope, its arguments are cumulative. The same point made on one issue usually applies to another so considered as a whole it does indeed make what I consider a quite formidable case. I haven't read any previous versions of this book so I have no idea how this edition compares to those. I do know that THIS edition is very well done. It does an excellent job of giving an overall and comprehensive view of why someone would or should become an atheist.
The best part about this book is its thoroughness. It covers absolutely every angle of why religion in general and Christianity in particular should be rejected. The philosophical arguments are covered. Problems with the Bible are discussed. It's great. If you can only read one book on atheism, it should be this one.
Be warned that this book is for serious readers willing to invest a lot of time. If you're looking for something short and entertaining, you might want to try some other book. Believing Bulls***: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole might be a better choice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why I Became an Atheist is a well developed treatise that thoroughly examines the existence or non-existence of God
Loftus begins his lengthy work with a description of... Read more
Most people believe that because someone has studied a lot or sounds very erudite that s/he her/his logic is sound. For the most part, I don't think that Loftus logic is sound. Read morePublished 1 month ago by avataress
A brilliant book. The quality of research, and critical thinking, that has gone into this book, is a pleasure to behold; a work of art!Published 2 months ago by Josh
The organization of this book makes it difficult to read. I agree with the premise of the book.Published 3 months ago by ManoaHI
An exhaustive treatise on the failings of Christianity, from someone who knows it from the inside. There is a particularly thorough treatment of the theodicy problem. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert A. Saunders
Most of the reviewers here probably have never really studied on this subject in any real way. Rarely does anyone has very much to say about the person and claims of Jesus Christ... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ralph acerno
Honest point of view, not very favorite of the regular churchgoer.Published 11 months ago by Alberto Mendez
While it got a bit technical for me, it was a useful tool for me when I was exploring my options.Published 11 months ago by folclor
I had lots of questions about the idea of god and this book helped me clarified things for me. thanks.Published 13 months ago by jeimyc e andalis