Baptized Atheist

  • by David Smalley, David Eller
  • Narrated by David C. Smalley
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"As a firm believer, I began having doubts. Doubts about faith, and doubts about believers not asking questions. I embarked on a journey to get closer to God. Perhaps I became too close. What I saw changed my life forever."
This new audio version comes with a few extras and the author's rants.

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A book for when the question is fresh...

If a reader is familiar and comfortable with Ehrman, Dawkins, Onfray, Harris, Shermer, etc., "Baptized Atheist' would be a step backward.

It seems most appropriate for the reader for whom the validity of religion is a new, and still somewhat threatening, question. The author examines the truth of religion in general (and Christianity specifically) through the lens of his personal experience of becoming atheist. That his experience seems very similar to what most people endure makes this a potentially useful book for someone ready to explore the idea that his or her church is not a perfect source of truth and morality. There are a few inconsistencies, mispronunciations, and just a little hubris (at 19, the author claims to have stumped a veteran theology professor with his insights).

Overall, it's a good first exposure to the manufactured nature of Christianity.
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- Cora Judd

Easy read, with compelling content.

Would you consider the audio edition of Baptized Atheist to be better than the print version?

I have read a lot of books like this, as I have been on the same journey as the author, and gone through the same difficulties and challenges, and found the same light at the end of the tunnel, so reviewing it is somewhat biased as I found myself nodding and agreeing all the way.

It's an easy read, and delivered in a less aggressive and less frmal way that many others, and I enjoyed that. Sometimes these books are too apologetic (e.g. Why I believed) and sometimes to critical to put people off (e.g. God is Not Great or The God Delusion) and I found this had a good balance between both sides.

Thanks for writing this and getting it off your chest in a compelling and real way.


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- Stuart

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2012
  • Publisher: Dogma Debate, LLC