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

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14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

A preacher turned atheist, you have to ask yourself why.

Godless, the title, seems a bit harsh for a former evangelical, bible-believing preacher. And although at first, I found the beginning, a protracted version of why I was a fundie and a preacher, too much of a corrupted thing, I later reevaluated my original review as a ...
Godless, the title, seems a bit harsh for a former evangelical, bible-believing preacher. And although at first, I found the beginning, a protracted version of why I was a fundie and a preacher, too much of a corrupted thing, I later reevaluated my original review as a necessary description of his roots and his evolving thought. I have given the book a much better review because of his past and the details he shares about it. His continuing pursuit of truth, mostly by critically questioning the "source" of the inerrant, omniscient, atrificer of our universe, has led to a compelling and purposeful work of thoughtful, rational ideas. He is often asked why he cites only the "bad" parts of the bible and retorts, "Why do you continue to overlook them?" Another memorable quote had to do with interpreting scripture. "If you would interpret this from my point of view, then you would have my point of view."

His debating tactics are also described as well as his legal work with the Freedom From Religion Foundation-a non-profit organization resolved to keeping our laws and liberties free from religious interference.

If you are interested in a read that is highly critical of scripture along with the fear and submission by which it is propagated, this is a book you shouldn't overlook. I consider this a must read for the curious, the rational and the American interested more in preserving civil liberties than removing them.

posted by Dwolfcoach on May 9, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Philosopher Reviews "Godless"

Frankly, I haven't finished reading the book. I tend to flit from book to book, making Barnes and Noble rich in the process!
I was attracted to "Godless" because the author is very active in promoting atheism. Thus, I recognized his name, knowing about his orga...
Frankly, I haven't finished reading the book. I tend to flit from book to book, making Barnes and Noble rich in the process!
I was attracted to "Godless" because the author is very active in promoting atheism. Thus, I recognized his name, knowing about his organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation. He is an authority, in my opinion, simply because he was an evangelical preacher at one time and renounced his former stance. Thus, he is in a position to know the weaknesses of the religion he had once promoted.
My motivation in buying the book was to free myself of the restrictions of my own religion. I had gotten myself involved with Orthodox Judaism in the 1980's. I am still practicing some of its ritual observances out of fear of incurring Divine punishment, but partly because I consider some of the observances a form of meditation and centering, and consequently, beneficial to my welfare.

posted by skeptic-philosopher on February 17, 2009

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    Fantastic !!!

    Excellent read. Easy to understand. Good comparisons and logical thinking.
    A MUST read for everyone.

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