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Publisher's Summary

From the introduction by Dan Barker: Millions of good people live moral, happy, loving, meaningful lives without believing in a god.
Oprah said it was 17 years, but it was actually 19 years between my first sermon at the age of 15 and my last sermon at the age of 34. Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.
©2008 Dan Barker and Richard Dawkins (P)2015 Pitchstone Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"Valuable in the human story are the reflections of intelligent and ethical people who listen to the voice of reason and who allow it to vanquish bigotry and superstition. This book is a classic example." (Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great)
"The most eloquent witness of internal delusion that I know - a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal world of American fundamentalist Protestantism - is Dan Barker." (Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion)
" Godless was a revelation to me. I don't think anyone can match the (devastating!) clarity, intensity, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey - faith to reason, childhood to growing up, fantasy to reality, intoxication to sobriety." (Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia)
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5 out of 5 stars
By B. Bobberstein on 03-02-16

It's Never Too Late To Embrace Reason

Dan's fascinating story of de-conversion also provides some basic philosophy and biblical examination. Great Read.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-23-16

good writing, irritating narration

I enjoyed the book's content but it sounded like the author was sucking in a lozenge...the mouth noises were nearly intolerable.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By E. Ez on 07-18-17

Practical book. I enjoyed reading it.

The narration of the book was smooth. I think the book is special because it was written by a courageous author. Many in his former situation would quietly carry on, pretending that all was fine.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Huruey on 03-26-17

Best in its category

The author his his journey through religion, how he became a preacher, developed doubts, and the consequences. Later he discusses various arguments for and against believing in a god, as well as other topics such as morality.

The autobiographical section is an insightful and rare offering from books in this category, and is especially touching read by the author himself. The later arguments are presented with clarity and wit, and the book feels very complete while remaining interesting throughout.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 12-10-17

Long and slow

The content is sound, technically well researched. Just found it very long-winded with unnecessary padding and repetition. The narrator spoke slowly and deliberately, tending to be boring.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-07-17

wow!!!

what an amazing book. if you believe in a god, you definitely need to read this book. very well researched and delivered.

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