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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (November 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425183794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425183790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,198,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I have the equivalent of a PhD degree in the Philosophy of Religion, having earned three master a*s degrees, one under Dr. William Lane Craig, known as one of the greatest Christian apologists of our generation. I had several ministries in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. I was in the ministry for about fourteen years, or so.

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John W. Loftus is the "Debunking Christianity" Blog founder and author of "Why I Became An Atheist." Be sure to get the most recent 2012 edition, which replaces "Why I Rejected Christianity," a self-published book. He is the author of "The Outsider Test for Faith," and the editor of two books, "The Christian Delusion," and "The End of Christianity." John also co-wrote a debate book with Dr. Randal Rauser, "God or Godless." His self-published book, "Why I became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments," contains chapters not to be found in his books or Blog.

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. K. G. on June 18, 2011
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Why I became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments

If Why I became an Atheist is the meat, then this book adds the potatoes. Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments is designed to augment the original book but it is not for everyone. The book is for those people, like me, that read the endnotes for context and scan the bibliography for additional reading. It is also provides a deeper understanding of "why" John de-converted from Christianity and why he maintains his current position as a Atheist. The book, like similar books from Dan Barker and Edward Babinski, documents the pitfalls of leaving a secure position as preacher, to become a non-believer. This encapsulates all of Part One and unlike his previous editions, there are few new gems here including A Letter to Dr. James Strauss. The honesty in that chapter is both painful and enlightening. Deconversion, we learn, is not an easy thing to do.

Part Two takes on additional arguments and as some have noted, these are reworked, and longer, versions of articles from John's blog. The benefit here is they are now documented as opposed to being left in the clutter of the internet. Since most people may not read the blog, they are a welcome inclusion.

John's strongest points can be found in his critique of Christian theology, especially when addressing theodicy--otherwise known as the problem of evil. I consider Chapter 25, "The Fall of Adam Is No Answer to Evil" to be an excellent starting point to challenge any believer. The basis of Christianity starts with the Fall, so John fires back with nine questions that are extremely problematic to any believer. The book's only real downside is that it covers a lot of ground. Each chapter could have been longer, but that does not seem to be the point.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerard M. Serrano on July 27, 2011
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I think John is a better writer then a debater. His reflections are very helpful and insightful. I hope to see more.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DonQ on December 18, 2011
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Then there's no need to keep suffering. Surely you're convinced by now that God doesn't exist. If not, this book won't change your position, especially if your position is based on faith. If you prefer reason like I do, then you figured out there isn't a God the first time you read Genesis. I was a kid when I figured it out. Apparently, Loftus is a little slow on the uptake: it took him years to figure it out. Now that he has, he fancies himself a great intellectual scholar. Pleeease! Scotty, beam me up!
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4 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Health Care Anthropologist on January 1, 2011
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Why can't you write a review with zero stars?

This book and this "preacher" are an embarrassment to atheists everywhere. Instead of dealing with the "phenomena" of religion this guy and this book give Fundamentalist Christians exactly what they crave. He uses his skills as a preacher to build a new anti-christian flock and bilk them for money in the same manner and with the exact same techniques that Jerry Falwell used in his time on his flock. (Please send me money so I can buy a new computer to get the word out.) COME ON!

True atheists have nothing to gain by attempting to take the psychic crutches away from fundamentalist Christians... only to replace them with new ones marked [Anti-Christianity]. I mean REALLY! How many volumes do you need to read to understand that the Easter Bunny didn't come in the night and hide eggs on your lawn? I understand that his Masterpiece is almost ready for publication. "If You Don't Have a Chimney... HOW Did Santa Get In?"

It is bound to be yet another triumphant work.
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10 of 47 people found the following review helpful By KC James on January 2, 2009
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Frankly, this just looks like a cut and past job from his blog.

You can always read that for free.
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