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Baptized Atheist Paperback – October 10, 2010
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"Baptized Atheist" is the entertaining personal quest for the truth. Popular host and moderator of the Dogma Debate Podcast and strong advocate of Secular Humanism, David Smalley takes the reader on an entertaining and philosophical journey inspired ironically by a pastor during the ritual of baptism. This provocative 256-page book includes the following seven chapters: 1. Skepticism, 2. Passing Judgment, 3. Instinctive Sins, 4. Investigating Atheism, 5. Our Society, 6. My Conversion?, and 7. Life after the Journey.
1. Entertaining, provocative and accessible book.
2. The fascinating topic of quest for truth. It's a personal deconversion story from Christianity to Atheism.
3. Smalley in many respects represents the average deep-thinking man on a quest for truth. The appeal of Smalley is his genuine desire to find the truth no matter where it leads him. He is very respectful of believers and seeks to engage and debate them in a civil manner. His personality shines through this book.
4. Entertaining personal quest inspired by a pastor during the ritual of baptism. "You know, son, you can't just say you believe; you have to know it to be true in your heart." Those pastor's words were the impetus behind his quest and this book.
5. Smalley has a good grasp of the Bible and makes good use of it to make sound and logical arguments. He examines it and is unable to defend the logic of the Bible and the quest picks up speed. "The entire basis of Christianity begins under the assumption that the Bible is the `Word of God.Read more ›
"If the entire world felt like there was no heaven and promised themselves to create a heaven on earth, and promised themselves to become a guardian angel now, the world would be a much better place."
I picked up this book after I became a fan of David Smalley's Dogma Debate podcast. It's brief, skims over some issues that could have been discussed in more depth and at times lacks organization. However, it's still a worthwhile read, especially for someone just beginning to question religion, or someone raised in a Biblical-literalist brand of Christianity.
Smalley shares his discoveries of unsettling truths about the Bible, religious holidays and creationist beliefs - facts which are never brought up in Sunday School.
He's at his best when he talks about the harm religion does to people and how it impedes rational thinking. After leaving Christianity, he started debating in churches and on religious radio programs. His recollections of these experiences were the best parts of the book.
Thanks for sharing your story. Its inspirational.
P.S. Love the Dogma Debate podcast!
Starting from the scientific impossibilities and contradictions in the bible (which an omnipotent god would not allow, even if he was using flawed human beings to scribe his edicts), he builds a rock-solid case against Christianity. For instance, it's ludicrous that an all-knowing, all-powerful being would create humans knowing they would fail. Why would he tempt them with the tree of moral knowledge? Why would anyone pray if god has already set the future in stone? Why was modern science entirely absent from the bible? Why does Isaiah depict the Earth as a flat disc? Contradictions and excuses are piled on top of them by pastors and apologists on a daily basis. Their house of cards has collapsed before construction began.
Without a doubt, the most powerful paragraph is the one when David enjoins his readers (or listeners) to entertain a situation - your daughter is being devoured by fire ants. The previous day, she said "I don't believe you're my mom/dad." Now, would you abandon her to her plight, as the god of the bible allegedly would? I certainly wouldn't, and except for sociopathic apologists like William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel and Ravi Zacharias, I'd have a hard time thinking of anyone who would.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the book. Love his podcast dogma debate, can't get enough. Keep doing your thing Smalley!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just what I was looking for, very informative and easy to read.Very impressed on how his opinions and experiences were closed to mine.Published 20 months ago by luz marina kilama
Well written. I like his views and the way he was able to apply them to every day conversations and discussions.Published 22 months ago by skivob
A very interesting tale of honest questions. I could really identify with his plight.Published 22 months ago by David Koch
This is a clearly presented stance on religion, faith, and any of the hundreds of gods of humans.
Even though most religious will refuse to read anything outside their... Read more