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5.0 out of 5 stars Delves far deeper than most similar texts., June 26, 2007
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This review is from: Why I Rejected Christianity: A Former Apologist Explains (Paperback)
John W. Loftus' book is a great read for anyone confused by Christianity's many contradictions. As a former paster himself, Loftus' position lends extra credibility to his conclusions.

Here are four reasons why this book is superior to many similar texts:

1. Loftus is well-read in the Christian apologist realm, and he cites these authors' works frequently. Anyone in the "Zondervan school of thought" will quickly become comfortable in his context, even if he/she is in total disagreement with his point.

2. The book reads without even a hint of condescending tone towards his former faith. It is obvious that the man is simply sincere, and he resorts to no personal attacks on any level. This is more than can be said of most current atheist authors.

3. The level of research and brutal logic applied to the Bible is absolutely stunning, as is the sheer number of examples given. Loftus mentions several of the most popular Biblical contradictions, but goes much further, offering evidence that even many simple Bible stories defy logic.

4. There is "no stone unturned", as Loftus takes on nearly every apologist angle ever conceived. Science vs. religion debate? It's here. ID people knocking on your door? Read this book. Historical evidence issues? Loftus tackles them head-on.

On the back cover, the book is critiqued by Dr. James Sennett, who is credited as a Christian philosopher and author. One of Dr. Sennett's quotes (taken out of context here) is, "Scholarly unbelief is far more sophisticated, far more defensible than any of us would like to believe."

This book will give more insight into this "scholarly unbelief" than you ever thought possible.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2007, 4:26:32 AM PDT
What I find striking is the conclusion he reaches, after portraying himself as relying on historical and scientific arguments.

He tells us that "everything came from nothing, by nothing, for nothing."

Now this is simply a statement of nihilism, which goes beyond anything science is even capable of concluding...and is frank a statement of faith as I have ever seen.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007, 1:17:59 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2007, 2:35:06 PM PST
Could u quote the page your quote 'everything came from nothing by nothing for nothing' Where exactly does he say this? Fact is, we really don't know why we're here, although we learn more from science everday about the complex quantum states that exist, about what we originally thought of as nothing is a seething mass of quantum effects. What does religious dogma teach us? some 1st century mythology rewritten and translated a 1000 times? How can people find that nonsense enlightening?
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