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Peter Abelard once said, "Through doubt we are lead to inquiry; through inquiry we are lead to truth." That certainly is true in the case of David Smalley. His account of his struggles to retain his faith while being honest with his logic will resonate with many younger people in America. --American Atheist Press

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A musician, artist, and technologist, David Smalley is a father, blogger, and freethinking author for the next generation of reason.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578840082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578840083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baptized Atheist by David Smalley

"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.

Positives:
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.
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smalley does a good job trying ot get across that he's a guy just like everyone else and not this demon seed that most people supply him as when he calls himself "athiest." although i disagree with him in some theological points (i'm an atheist myself but i don't agree with some claims he makes considering the atheist movement), i beileve smalley's book is a nice read from atheist to believer.
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I just finished this on audio and it was an absolute adventure! The entire book is a wonderful journey as you get to see what it is like for someone to go on quest to find out if just believing in something is enough. If you have ever questioned your faith and wanted to know what it would be like if you researched it for yourself, this is the book for you. This person devotes so much time to finding out what is right and wrong in his beliefs that it's a real treat to sit back and watch it all unfold. You may learn enough from this book to either inspire you to research your beliefs on your own or come to realize that Mr. Smalley has already done it for you. The "Coin in the Field" analogy of religion was so spot on, I don't think anything has ever struck me as well as that did. This book really hits home.
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3.5 stars

"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.
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There are many books discussing the reasons to be an atheist, but there are not many books out there that let you see the pathway taken by the author as they transitioned step by step into atheism. The movement into atheism is about more than just the "whys" of going to atheism. Its about the "hows", everyone experiences their own path.

Thanks for sharing your story. Its inspirational.

P.S. Love the Dogma Debate podcast!
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David Smalley (currently the host of the epically successful and popular Dogma Debate podcast) embarked on his quest to discover the origins of Christianity and its truth (or lack thereof) when he was being baptised. Ironically, the pastor himself sparked this journey by telling him that belief must be sincere and from the heart. Since Dave was uncertain, he started to study the bible and other religions. After all, his eternal fate was at stake.

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.
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