Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

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Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists€“ is a book which was written by Dan Barker in 2008,[1] in which he describes his deconversion from being a preacher to becoming an atheist.[2]:106

The books is divided into four sections. The first section provides the story of Barker's deconversion from an evangelical minister to an atheist. Section two and three contain standard arguments against the existence of God.[3]

Reception[edit]

Gregg Ten of Biola University noted that "as a 'fascinating memoir' the book is a success" but that the second and third sections were mostly unoriginal and underdeveloped, but still comprehensive in breadth.[3] Jason Rosenhouse regarded the book as giving an "impressively lucid, and very readable, treatment" of the issues surrounding cosmological arguments.[4]:227 Atheist writer Betty Brogaard wrote "his honesty about how he gradually separated himself from religious superstition is not only refreshing but inspiring".[5]:143

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellison, Garret (October 08, 201). Michigan Live http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/10/minister-turned-atheist_speaks.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Warner, Rob (2010). Secularization and its discontents. London: Continuum. ISBN 9781441155436. 
  3. ^ a b Elshof, Gregg Ten (1 December 2009). "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists€“ By Dan Barker". Religious Studies Review 35 (4): 237–237. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2009.01381_3.x. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Rosenhouse, Jason. Among the creationists : dispatches from the anti-evolution front line. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199744633. 
  5. ^ Brogaard, Betty (2010). The homemade atheist : a former Evangelical woman's freethought [sic] journey to happiness. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press. ISBN 9781569757840.