Why I Became an Atheist

Why I Became an Atheist
Author: John W. Loftus
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 536
Release: 2012-10-10
ISBN 10: 1616145781
ISBN 13: 9781616145781
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I Became an Atheist Book Review:

For about two decades John W. Loftus was a devout evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With three degrees--in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion--he was adept at using rational argumentation to defend the faith. But over the years, doubts about the credibility of key Christian tenets began to creep into his thinking. By the late 1990s he experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, the author carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The original edition of this book was published in 2006 and reissued in 2008. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. In this revised and expanded edition, the author addresses criticisms of the original, adds new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation. For every issue he succinctly summarizes the various points of view and provides references for further reading. In conclusion, he describes the implications of life without belief in God, some liberating, some sobering. This frank critique of Christian belief from a former insider will interest freethinkers as well as anyone with doubts about the claims of religion.

Why I am an Atheist

Why I am an Atheist
Author: Bhagat Singh
Publsiher: Sristhi Publishers & Distributors
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-08-15
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I am an Atheist Book Review:

A discussion with a friend soon turned into a matter of self-assessment, leading to this discourse on why Bhagat Singh chose to be an atheist. Even in the face of death at a very young age, with uncanny observations and sharp questions, he forces us to re-think our foundations to faith in god.

Godless

Godless
Author: Dan Barker,Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Ulysses Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1569756775
ISBN 13: 9781569756775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godless Book Review:

A former preacher tell why he abandoned the guidance of the Bible to follow the dictates of own conscience.

Why I Became an Atheist

Why I Became an Atheist
Author: John W. Loftus
Publsiher: Trafford on Demand Pub
Total Pages: 179
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105215532123
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I Became an Atheist Book Review:

This book is a companion volume for my book, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2008). It presents some personal reflections and additional arguments not covered in that other book.

The Good Atheist

The Good Atheist
Author: Dan Barker
Publsiher: Ulysses Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-01-25
ISBN 10: 1569758468
ISBN 13: 9781569758465
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Atheist Book Review:

Offers a positive guide to leading a happy, fulfilling and morally focused life through the principles of free thought, rather than following any religious tenets, in a easy-to-follow plan that stresses altruistic living. Original.

The Literal Meaning of Genesis

The Literal Meaning of Genesis
Author: Saint Augustine (of Hippo),Aurelius Augustinus (santo.)
Publsiher: Paulist Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 1982
ISBN 10: 9780809103263
ISBN 13: 0809103265
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Literal Meaning of Genesis Book Review:

A thorough and conscientious commentary on the first three chapters from the Book of Genesis, completed in 415. Augustine's purpose is to explain, to the best of his ability, what the author intended to say about what God did when he made heaven and earth. Contains Books 1-6.

An Atheist Manifesto

An Atheist Manifesto
Author: Joseph Lewis
Publsiher: Good Press
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2021-04-25
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: EAN:4064066101886
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Atheist Manifesto Book Review:

"An Atheist Manifesto" by Joseph Lewis. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Writing God s Obituary

Writing God s Obituary
Author: Anthony B. Pinn
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 241
Release: 2014-02-04
ISBN 10: 1616148446
ISBN 13: 9781616148447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing God s Obituary Book Review:

A former African American minister reveals his unusual journey from faith to atheism. Anthony Pinn preached his first sermon at age twelve. At eighteen he became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination. He then quickly moved up the ministerial ranks. Eventually he graduated from Columbia University and then received a Master of Divinity in theology and a PhD in religion from Harvard University. All the while, Pinn was wrestling with a growing skepticism. As his intellectual horizons expanded, he became less and less confident in the theism of his upbringing. At the same time, he became aware that his church could offer only anemic responses to the acute social needs of the community. In his mid-twenties, he finally decided to leave the ministry and committed the rest of his life to academia. He went on to become a distinguished scholar of African American humanism and religious history. The once fully committed believer evolved into an equally committed nonbeliever convinced that a secular approach to life offers the best hope of solving humanity’s problems.

Faitheist

Faitheist
Author: Chris Stedman
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-11-06
ISBN 10: 0807014397
ISBN 13: 9780807014394
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faitheist Book Review:

The story of a former Evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious The stunning popularity of the “New Atheist” movement—whose most famous spokesmen include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens—speaks to both the growing ranks of atheists and the widespread, vehement disdain for religion among many of them. In Faitheist, Chris Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully. Becoming aware of injustice, and craving community, Stedman became a “born-again” Christian in late childhood. The idea of a community bound by God’s love—a love that was undeserved, unending, and guaranteed—captivated him. It was, he writes, a place to belong and a framework for making sense of suffering. But Stedman’s religious community did not embody this idea of God’s love: they were staunchly homophobic at a time when he was slowly coming to realize that he was gay. The great suffering this caused him might have turned Stedman into a life-long New Atheist. But over time he came to know more open-minded Christians, and his interest in service work brought him into contact with people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. His own religious beliefs might have fallen away, but his desire to change the world for the better remained. Disdain and hostility toward religion was holding him back from engaging in meaningful work with people of faith. And it was keeping him from full relationships with them—the kinds of relationships that break down intolerance and improve the world. In Faitheist, Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities, his academic study of religion, and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all agree on—a better place.

A Manual for Creating Atheists

A Manual for Creating Atheists
Author: Peter Boghossian
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2014-07-01
ISBN 10: 1939578159
ISBN 13: 9781939578150
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Manual for Creating Atheists Book Review:

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith—and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith—but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than 20 years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

Life Driven Purpose

Life Driven Purpose
Author: Dan Barker
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2015-04-01
ISBN 10: 1939578248
ISBN 13: 9781939578242
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Driven Purpose Book Review:

Every thinking person wants to lead a life of meaning and purpose. For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables and mobile devices, all communicating this common message: "Life is meaningless without God." In this volume, former pastor Dan Barker eloquently, powerfully, and rationally upends this long-held belief. Offering words of enrichment, emancipation, and inspiration, he reminds us how millions of atheists lead happy, loving, moral, and purpose-filled lives. Practicing what he preaches, he also demonstrates through his own personal journey that life is valuable for its own sake—that meaning and purpose come not from above, but from within.

Losing Faith in Faith

Losing Faith in Faith
Author: Dan Barker
Publsiher: Freedom from Religion Fndtn
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X030237428
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Losing Faith in Faith Book Review:

A former preacher tell why he abandoned the guidance of the Bible to follow the dictates of own conscience.

The Young Atheist s Handbook

The Young Atheist s Handbook
Author: Alom Shaha
Publsiher: Biteback Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012-07-19
ISBN 10: 1849544417
ISBN 13: 9781849544412
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Young Atheist s Handbook Book Review:

Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur'an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. But Alom was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate. As a teen, he lived between two worlds: the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy and science, Alom explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder. This is a book for anyone who wonders what they should believe and how they should live. It's for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Alom shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling and meaningful life without God.

Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God
Author: Frank Schaeffer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 161
Release: 2014-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781928653455
ISBN 13: 1928653456
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God Book Review:

Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend's death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God--an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts. He writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe.

The Atheist Muslim

The Atheist Muslim
Author: Ali A. Rizvi
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-11-22
ISBN 10: 1250094453
ISBN 13: 9781250094452
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Atheist Muslim Book Review:

In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents’ religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media—the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam—as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas—without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

Hope After Faith

Hope After Faith
Author: Jerry DeWitt,Ethan Brown
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0306822245
ISBN 13: 9780306822247
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hope After Faith Book Review:

After losing nearly everything, including his job and his wife, due to his crumbling faith, the author shares his transformative journey from a pastor with a deep Christian faith to a leader and well-known speaker in America's fast-growing atheist movement. 50,000 first printing.

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists
Author: Alain De Botton
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-03-06
ISBN 10: 0771025998
ISBN 13: 9780771025990
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion for Atheists Book Review:

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.

An Atheist s History of Belief

An Atheist s History of Belief
Author: Matthew Kneale
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-10-10
ISBN 10: 1448163315
ISBN 13: 9781448163311
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Atheist s History of Belief Book Review:

What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits? And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods? Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world. And as our dreams and nightmares have changed over the millennia, so have our beliefs - from shamans to Aztec priests, from Buddhists to Christians: the gods we created have evolved with us. Belief is humanity's most epic invention. It has always been our closest companion and greatest consolation. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.

Farewell to God

Farewell to God
Author: Charles Templeton
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2011-01-14
ISBN 10: 1551994496
ISBN 13: 9781551994499
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Farewell to God Book Review:

For more than twenty years, Charles Templeton was a major figure in the church in Canada and the United States. During the 1950s, he and Billy Graham were the two most successful exponents of mass evangelism in North America. Templeton spoke nightly to stadium crowds of up to thirty thousand people. However, increasing doubts about the validity of the Old Testament and the teachings of the Christian church finally brought about a crisis in his faith and in 1957 he resigned from the ministry. In Farewell to God, Templeton speaks out about his reasons for the abandonment of his faith. In straightforward language, Templeton deals with such subjects as the Creation fable, racial prejudice in the Bible, the identity of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus’ alienation from his family, the second-class status of women in the church, the mystery of evil, the illusion that prayer works, why there is suffering and death, and the loss of faith in God. He concludes with a positive personal statement: “I Believe.”

Hi I m an Atheist

Hi  I m an Atheist
Author: David G. McAfee
Publsiher: St. Martin's Essentials
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2021-11-02
ISBN 10: 1250782090
ISBN 13: 9781250782090
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hi I m an Atheist Book Review:

The essential guide to coming out as a non-believer David G. McAfee was raised in a conservative American Christian household. So when he stopped believing in God—any god—his family was shocked. He quickly realized that atheists are misunderstood, frequently thought of as Satan worshippers and anarchists. Thus started McAfee's journey to his true self, and crusade to tell others—especially those who are devoutly religious—what atheism really is, what he believes in, and why atheists should not be feared. In Hi, I'm an Atheist!, McAfee looks at what an atheist believes and how to “come out” as an atheist to your friends, family, and co-workers, offering sound advice on overcoming the difficult moments in any “coming out” conversation. Including a resource guide both for people just coming to atheism and people who have been atheists for years as well as an interview with Rebecca Vitsmun, the woman made famous for coming out as an atheist live on CNN, Hi I’m an Atheist! is a smart, sensitive, and realistic guide to living one’s life positively and honestly without the need for a belief in God.