- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Reasonable Press (August 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981631304
- ISBN-13: 978-0981631301
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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Christian No More: On Leaving Christianity, Debunking Christianity, And Embracing Atheism And Freethinking Paperback – August 12, 2008
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"I'm indeed pleased that Jeffrey Mark and I agree so closely on the riveting issues he courageously dissects in this splendid book, because his impeccable logic is, in my view, irrefutable. This book is a delight to read -- both in terms of Jeff's obvious talents as a writer, and in his smooth organization of complex material which, in lesser hands, would not have been so systemically argued and easy to understand. This unique and outstanding book is destined to become iconic in the freethought community." -- David Mills, Author of "Atheist Universe"
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This is a book for atheists and Christians alike.
In this book Jeffrey Mark meticulously breaks down Christianity and debunks it, showing in detail why it's a complete fraud, offering help for atheists in dealing with Christians, and while offering help and guidance for people who are struggling, trying to break free from their religion. It's not easy letting go of something that was so ingrained in our heads for so long, especially when there's a fear factor (the threat of Hell) involved. People need help letting go. It's not easy, and it's scary. This book can help.
This book is a challenge for Christians to read. Having one's philosophies turned upside down can only help reinforce one's faith... or cause them to lose it altogether. A strong Christian will certainly want to read this book as a challenge to his or her faith and see if it helps them grow or let go altogether.
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He admits, "That's the great irony of it all: I don't even believe in the ancient stories in the Bible, yet I agree with many of the teachings of Jesus. Many people who claim to worship Jesus, however, have severely TWISTED ideas about what he would do." (Pg. 21) He says, "I don't buy that people are fundamentally evil. It just isn't true. But... just because I don't like the theology, does that really mean it's not true? Not necessarily. But there are many reasons why Christianity cannot possibly be true. Let's talk about the starving people in Africa." (Pg. 41)
He asserts, "Armed with what we know about Thermodynamics, we can easily see why the Creationists are intentionally ignorant here. (I say 'intentionally' because it's terribly easy to see why the argument is wrong, and yet, so many refuse to accept the facts. Thus I feel it is an intentional act on their part to ignore reality, an act of ignorance and stubbornness.)" (Pg. 112-113)
He states frankly, "What if I'm wrong? What if Jesus and God are real, even though the ideas seem flawed? And what if they're going to be very mad at me? To get past this fear, I had to open my mind to the idea that humans existed long before the Bible claims humans did. I had to open my mind to the idea that the Bible was a lie and filled with myths.... Today I know there's no Hell, that the Bible is just a collection of myths, and there's no reason to be afraid." (Pg. 136)
He rejects the argument that "you were never a Christian," on the grounds that, "Until my late 20's, I completely believed that Jesus was a real man and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and that Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven. I believed that Jesus now exists as a spirit, as the son of God. I completely believed it to be true... So was I a Christian? Of course I was." (Pg. 202) He concludes, "I am a good person. I really am. Contrary to what these preachers had told me all these years, contrary to what all these Christians were telling me, I am, in fact, a good person." (Pg. 245)
This is not the most "philosophically sophisticated" such ex-Christian testimony available (compare Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist, for example), but it's still of interest to skeptics, atheists, agnostics, and other types of freethinkers, as well as Christians questioning their own faith.
Jeffrey Mark takes you through his personal journey of his loss of religious faith. It's a great journey from faith to reason. The author delves into science and logic with great expertise and ease of explanation. I marvel at his ability to take complex topics such as physics and make it accessible to the public.
The best part of the book was his arguments against religions. Heartfelt, sensible and some of the best logical arguments against faith that I've ever read. Don't hesitate to get this book, believe me!
This is not to say that I didn't like the book. I found the author's candidness refreshing and hearing about his own struggles with Christianity was likewise very useful for me in my own journey. The author makes several really good points, especially in Chapter 6, where he spends most of his time debunking Christianity. The author reminded me several times of Bible verses that I had completely forgotten about. In the second to last chapter of the book, the author mentions brain chemistry and how it can produce a euphoria that most Christians would attribute to the Holy Spirit. I was so glad to see him mention this, as this was the exact same "a-ha!" moment that I had over a year ago. The author suggests reading The God Delusion, which I also purchased at the same time as this book, so it will be next on my reading list. I'm hoping that The God Delusion gives me more of the details that Mr. Mark glossed over.
This book is not an "intellectual" book and the author's writing style leaves something to be desired. However, it was a quick read (it took me less than 2 days to finish, including the time spent referencing my Bible) and a useful one. I would suggest it to others just beginning their journey towards non-belief.