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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 2 people found this review helpful.

Lots of Explanation

Barker writes about his own experience, process of becoming an atheist and a little about religion, science and indoctrination in general. He does a good job of getting a variety of information into this book. However, at times it seems like he elaborates more than nece...
Barker writes about his own experience, process of becoming an atheist and a little about religion, science and indoctrination in general. He does a good job of getting a variety of information into this book. However, at times it seems like he elaborates more than necessary or gives examples that weren't needed. I assume that's because Barker expected that believers and non-believers would pick up this book and he needed to provide information for all.

I picked up this book mostly interested in reading about Barker's transition. That was in the book, so I did get what I wanted out of it. I wouldn't say that Barker is a poor writer, but I've heard him speak before at a promotional for this book and I think he's a better speaker.

posted by Comma on July 6, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Don't waste your money on that book. My heart goes to Mr. Barke

    Don't waste your money on that book. My heart goes to Mr. Barker as he is clueless about God's awesomeness and His great love for us. Jesus went much suffering for us so that we can have eternal life. Mr. Barker is missing this great opportunity to be with Jesus for eternity.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    Worthwhile reading

    A fascinating story for anyone who seriously questions religion.

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