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Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist Paperback – September 1, 1992
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"A capable and searching defense of humanism by one who has lived on both sides of the street." -- The Human Quest, Sept.-Oct. 1993
"A substantial and timely addition to the freethought literature." -- The Truth Seeker, Vo. 120, No. 3, 1993
"An excellent, entertaining and highly readable book which can be used to easily demolish the 'strongest' arguments of unreasoning Christians . . . a remarkable debating aid." -- Norm Allen, Atheists of Florida, May 1993
"Barker is compelling, humorous, and rational. His arguments are clear and thought-provoking." -- Andrew Fandre, Huntsville Times, October 24, 1993
"Barker writes well. He seems to reason well . . . and has worked out a ready response to the most common Christian objections to atheism." -- Gordon Stein, Ph.D, The American Rationalist, Vol. 37, No. 5, 1993
"Few other books offer such an insightful and conclusive indictment of religion . . . immensely readable and intellectually stimulating." -- Atheists United, November 1993
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But, in many ways I cannot relate to Mr. Barker in his flight from religion.
On no occasion did I have as much faith as he did. Maybe that's what attracted me to his books to begin with, wondering why some buy into it where other's like me never do regardless of how much indoctrination. He appears to have been a devout Christian at one time. I have never been able to call myself that, even though as a child I went through the motions because that was what my parents wanted. I was raised in an religious home that was Southern Baptist then Northern Baptist (there is a difference). My older sister says after a while she and I refused to go to the Southern Baptist church so our father allowed us go to other Baptist churches (but, I don't remember it). But, my opinion of Christianity never improved over the years. Most of it made little to no sense to me. Too much of it relied on the supernatural, superstition, dreams and visions. Not a reliable source to basing your beliefs upon. My sister bought into it for a while, but she essentially became like me in her later years a non-believer. That's what attracted me to this book to begin with. I usually gravitate to this type of book because it's something I can relate to. But, I guess I keep looking for some 'aha' moment in his books that will tell me what happened to make him lose his faith? It seems like there should be the light bulb coming on moment. But, it doesn't appear to be that way.
Our parents raised my sister and I to be logical girls. Maybe that proved to be their down fall in the end. The supernatural element in religion is something I could never buy into. But, until much later in life I could never put a label on it like agnostic or atheist. The words were not in my vocabulary early in life, I didn't know such people existed. We were raised to always question what was going on around us and not believe every last word we were told. I believe the Christian religion requires that of its believers. That they always accept it on blind faith and never question. When you start questioning, that's when you run into trouble. To this day, I am not certain why our cynical parents bought so thoroughly into Christianity? They were ones who always questioned what went on around them. But, on no occasion could I have ever told my mother like Dan Barker did, how I felt about religion. It would have hurt her beyond words. She believed in the nonsense until her dying day. I would recommend this book and others by him, to anyone questioning their belief system.
I read a criticism that this book didn't concentrate enough on the author's process in eschewing religion. I don't believe that complaint is warranted. Personally, my doubts grew, and grew, until I reached the day when I realized that it would never make sense to me, that it couldn't make sense to me. I realized that I couldn't live my life guided by an ancient text, that I didn't believe in heaven or hell, and that all non-Christians could not be doomed. I started breaking off the pieces that I couldn't swallow, until nothing was left. Barker calls this a deconversion. He says he went to throw out the bathwater, and found there was no baby.
The tone of this book at times seems almost evangelical about atheism. But in our political world, I believe that someone needs to be speaking for those of us who aren't mainstream "Christians." Keep writing your essays, Dan Barker. I appreciate your voice.
whether dan has issues or not is not the point -- critics that attack dan but ignore his points only demonstrate their ignorance , they do not refute any of his arguments.and boy does he ever have great arguments!
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