- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (September 10, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771085087
- ISBN-13: 978-0771085086
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith Paperback – International Edition, September 10, 1999
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This is not a literary masterpiece but it is a searching tale of how individual thinking, reason and analysis can lead someone to reject the very foundations of his life. Something of this order occurred when the USSR ceased and honest Socialists admitted that their vision of economics, history and human motivations were abysmally wrong. But religion touches the soul in ways that ideology cannot since it concerns not only the here but the hereafter. While for some, politics is simply another religion, to the vast majority there is a distinct difference.
Templeton traces his life as a convert, scholar and preacher. It appears (and I suspect) there was always a seed of doubt that he sought to banish through good deeds, prayer and simply not entertaining the idea that Christianity is an inspiring fraud.Read more ›
The book is divided into forty-six brief and nontechnical chapters, ideal for the average Mortimer or Jacqueline on the street, who can spare no more than a few minutes a day studying something as unimportant as religion.
Although Templeton covers many subjects, he places heavy emphasis upon the Bible. This will be informative for the average Christian, who is likely to have only passing familiarity with most of the Good Book, and will no doubt be astounded to discover some of its contents. In his chapters on the Bible, Templeton usually spends a few pages recounting a story from the book, and then comments upon its implausibility or barabarity. The commentaries are, for the most part, quite obvious, but their value for novices should not be underestimated -- tradition has built such an aura of sacred immunity around the Bible, that most people are in desperate need of someone willing to call a spade a spade.
It is important to emphasize the introductory nature of the book. Templeton does not by any means come close to offering the last word on anything he discusses. He does not even attempt to interact with standard apologetic responses to the kinds of worries he raises. There are also a handful of errors in Farewell to God, such as the staggering mischaracterization of atheism as the claim to absolute certainty (17), without argument (18), that there is no god, or the glaring self-contradiction in which Templeton denies the Bethlehem birth of Jesus in one chapter (85), and presupposes it in another (96).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book. Moving and at times, sad, Templeton really shared his heart. Whether you consider yourself a believer or not, I think anyone interested in the claims of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Private Joker
A very well written book from a man who has been well educated and respected on both
sides of this issue....The Believer and The NON Believer. Excellent read. G. Wallace
There have always been unbelievers and skeptics. Let's take a look at logic and reason.
Bible Probability : According to the mathematical science of probability, if a... Read more
Great copy. This book is hard to read from the perspective that this man left God because he chose to follow reason instead of faith.Published 10 months ago by David P. Richards
Honest and reasonable arguments. This guy had a lot of guts to come out like this when it would have been so easy and lucrative to keep up with the facade. Inspiring.Published 11 months ago by Jonah D. Conner
I recommend the book, Farewell To God, as a worthy read. However, it has some shortcomings. I would have gone to 4-stars but for them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bishop
It is O.K. nothing new but his view of religion and some good arguments.Published 18 months ago by Hamp