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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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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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By Chris on 06-28-16


Just an amazing, entertaining, and very well informed book. I found it amazing hat Dan read the whole book himself it really makes it hit home a lot more. When I saw that Richard Dawkins did the foreword it was the last deciding factor in my decision to choose Godless, and it really did not disappoint.

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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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By Chris Casey on 12-29-17

A Story here - but not what you think

What did you like best about Godless? What did you like least?

Dan's fulsome account of his early experience which enables one to understand why he thinks they way he does.

Would you recommend Godless to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but not as a work of apologetics for atheism, more as a study in how fundamentalist thinking throws up poor rationality - whether it be arguing for faith or for atheism.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Dawkins and Dan Barker ?

I just don't have time - there is so much more out there that merits my time and is more helpful by way of good and virtuous reasoning - ad hominem argumentation and a tone that sound like there's a 'smart-Alec' at the other end of the microphone just do nothing to advance knowledge (especially when it becomes apparent that it is not a 'smart-Alec' at the end of the microphone).

Do you think Godless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No! It ended up in a cul-de-sac - you can only go round in circles for so long before you become sick.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if Dan chose to engage with more serious thinkers if he would find it so easy to construct his army of straw men?

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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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By Amazon Customer on 10-07-17


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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