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Even better than the last edition
on May 21, 2012
I purchased the previous edition of John W. Loftus' book "Why I Became an Atheist" about a year and a half ago. I found it to make a much stronger, cumulative case against theism - and evangelical Christianity in particular - than any of the so called New Atheist books. As others have rightly noted, Loftus is generally very fair in his presentation of the arguments for and against Christianity. For example, as Loftus notes in his book, he presents the strongest argument available on any given topic made by Christian apologists, so it's hard to claim he's merely knocking down straw men. There was only one problem, to me at least, with the previous edition: in some instances, the editing could have been better, and the writing could have been more clear.
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.