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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Kenneth W. Daniels (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578003880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578003887
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth W. Daniels (1968-), son of evangelical missionaries, grew up in Africa and returned as an adult to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Niger on the edge of the Sahara Desert. While studying the Bible on the mission field, he came to doubt the message he had traveled across the world to bring to a nomadic camel-herding ethnic group. Though he lost his faith and as a result left Africa in 2000, he remains part of a conservative Christian family. He currently resides with his wife and three children in suburban Dallas, TX, where he works as a software developer. Daniels received his BS in computer science and engineering from LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, and a one-year certificate in biblical studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary (now Columbia International University), Columbia, SC.

Website: www.kwdaniels.com
Blog: www.deconversionoasis.com

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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Guy P. Harrison on August 13, 2009
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Ken Daniels has produced a powerful work that will give Christian readers much to think about. "Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary" is an important book that should be widely read. The author's approach is gentle and honest while still managing to be unflinching and thorough. As a former fundamentalist Christian missionary who devoted far more time and energy than most to serving that religion, he obviously remembers what it feels like to be fully immersed in belief. Fortunately, Daniels has retained plenty of sympathy for those who cannot yet see that the supernatural claims of Christianity cannot stand up to honest scrutiny.

This brilliant book is not a vicious attack on Christians. It is a strong but polite plea for them to see and hear new ideas, to consider the possibility that their belief system might be a mistake. Daniels maintains a humble tone throughout the book. He does not blast believers with arrogant claims of intellectual superiority on the question of faith. He simply shares thoughts and questions about his journey through Christianity and escape from it. This is a powerful story and Daniels has many piercing ideas that are likely to carry considerable weight with believers because of his difficult work as a missionary in Africa. Daniels earned his stripes as a committed Christian. He went way beyond the easy life of a casual Christian sitting in a pew on Sunday mornings. He lived his Christianity; he made serious commitments and followed through with sacrifices for his religion. For someone like him to walk away from it, with great reluctance, humility, and no rage says a lot. It gives Daniels tremendous credibility.

Daniels is well read and obviously knowledgeable about Christianity.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence D. Spencer on August 28, 2009
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I've read the similar books by John Loftus and Dan Barker. Those are good, too, but Ken Daniels' book is the only one I'd give without hesitation to a believing friend.

Barker's otherwise excellent book suffers from a forward by Richard Dawkins that will cause the very people who most need to read the book to shut it before they reach page 1. Loftus' closely reasoned volume is at times too academic to appeal to the masses, yet too awkwardly written to appeal to the educated book-lover. Daniels' book is perfect: persuasive, humble and elegant.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Frisbee Guy on August 24, 2009
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I grew up in an evangelical, and might I say wonderful, Christian home. I've been a passionate follower of Jesus for as long as I can remember. I am a graduate of a famous Bible college, and spent 10 years overseas as a missionary. My doubts about hell, God, the reliability of the Bible, and other things brought me back to the U.S., and I eventually went through a deconversion of sorts. Reading Daniel's story was somewhat like reading my own story - there was so much I could relate to. His book was a great help as I was going through this process (still am). Daniels is really thoughtful in his presentation. I highly recommend it to anyone who is questioning their faith.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DV on November 6, 2011
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I would like to thank Kenneth Daniels for writing what for me is one of the most outstanding books on Atheism I have had the pleasure to read.
I have read the usual suspects...Chris Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris...to name but a few. I have grown weary of the in-your-face attitude of many authors who personally attack their readers of faith which does nothing to promote understanding and true intellectual discourse.
Thank you, Mr. Daniels, for bringing peace to my heart in my resolve to reject my religious roots.
I read many of your chapters to my Christian husband and it helped him to understand me better.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to truly understand atheism and how difficult it is to "come out" as an atheist.
An intelligent, articulate, and emotional journey.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Barratt on September 7, 2011
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As a person who recently deconverted from a strict and insular flavor of Christianity, this book was a wonderful read.

Many of the other Skeptical authors (Dawkins, Harris, etc), while powerful and helpful in their own ways, don't quite speak the language of the "once convicted." They understandably have a hard time putting themselves in our shoes, and speaking to us where we are or were. (Much as I would have a hard time connecting deeply with, say, a Mormon.)

Ken gets it. There were so many passages that made me laugh out loud in the sheer joy of shared experience. When you are leaving your faith -- especially one that almost all your friends and family belong to -- it can be a lonely time.

This book is deeply researched, and clearly presented. Many times he selected the same examples and arguments that I have been using over the last year -- but other times, added surprising new (and helpful) bits of evidence or context to the picture. I'm going to be giving this book to people who have questions about where I am now, because it so perfectly captures my own point of view.

Thank you, Ken, for having the courage, and putting the time and effort into writing this book. Best $0.99 I ever spent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JackB on July 11, 2012
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This book is a pretty good read. It's reasonably well-written, with enough good references that one can follow threads of interest in detail elsewhere.

The author does a good job of being fair to Christianity, and of representing its arguments honesty, while showing them to be flawed. Because the flaws in many of the arguments make them ridiculous, it is easy to also ridicule those who propose and believe them. This author manages to avoid that.

Like all books in this genre, I'm not sure who the target audience is. The freethinker will not be persuaded because he already agrees with author's conclusions. Most "believers" immersed in the delusions of their "faith" won't be persuaded, because that delusion axiomatically depends on insulating their mental processes from conflicting reality and data.

The author's journey is an honest chronicle of the inherent nastiness of fundamentalist Christianity; you can see that in the crude ignorant sneering and harsh judgements of those who criticize him for leaving Christianity. If I'd been writing this book, I'd probably not have been that open.

This book is a much more detailed criticism of fundamentalist Christianity than I'd expected, but it's not a harsh one. It gives ground where I would cede none. It meticulously examines each inconsistency in Christian faith, whereas at some point I'd just sweep it all into a dustbin and throw it on the ash heap. There is value in the author's approach, because he ends up examining some interesting questions like, "Why are Christianity and Islam successful memes selected by the natural processes of evolution? Since the tenets of Christianity don't make sense and often inflict self-misery, why do so many people desperately cling to them like they were life itself?
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