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Hope after Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    It's both heartbreaking and uplifting. Jerry DeWitt's arrival at

    It's both heartbreaking and uplifting. Jerry DeWitt's arrival at humanistic atheism came with the realization that it was humanism rather than religion that had been the driving force in his life, the power, as he said at the 2013 American Atheist Convention, of human relationships. It's heartbreaking, one, because the people he had fallen in love with, the community of DeRidder, failed in their (supposedly) god-given duty to love as well; but also because of the pervasiveness of American religion, particularly Christianity, the only outlet he knew for his humanism growing up was the church. It's difficult to say that one has made a choice when one has only ever been presented with one choice, and that one "choice" isn't presented as optional. This isn't just a problem of Pentecostalism, but as Jerry's journey from conservative Christianity to liberal Christianity to no Christianity shows, it's a problem of religion generally. 




    But it's also uplifting because everything from the most mundane events to earth shattering tragedies can show that there are other lenses for life; those lenses can bring a more focused clarity alongside a liberation to explore humanity without needing to know all the answers.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    Jerry, you done good buddy! Love the book, thank you for sharing

    Jerry, you done good buddy! Love the book, thank you for sharing your journey with us all. If you're religious and considering apostasy, or atheist and never were religious, OR are religious and never considered apostasy, read this book. Jerry's story is heartbreaking and uplifting, intelligent, insightful, honest and valuable for anyone in any walk of life. Read this book!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    "Hope After Faith" is as much an emotional journey for

    "Hope After Faith" is as much an emotional journey for the reader as the author. Jerry DeWitt is raw and honest in describing his personal struggles from faith to atheism. Co-writer Ethan Brown adds a natural flow to the storytelling. The book takes on a suspenseful quality as you read and wait for DeWitt to reach the conclusion of atheism. The progression of DeWitt's beliefs reflects the doubts that all humans face in grappling with religion. This is a monumental book in changing the public's view of atheists. DeWitt's genuine love of humanity and passion to help others removes any stereotyped image of a soulless atheist.  DeWitt continues to respect believers and religious leaders. As someone who is still on a spiritual journey, I was surprised that this book reminded me of the joys and sense of community that my religious experiences have brought me. The title of the book is perfect because you finish the book feeling hopeful about the future, whether that involves a belief in God or not. 

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    This is an excellent description of one deeply religious man¿s e

    This is an excellent description of one deeply religious man’s experiences as he lost his faith in God and discovered new meaning and freedom without the supernatural. While many have followed a similar trajectory, few have traversed the distance Jerry Dewitt traveled, from Pentecostal minister to atheist/agnostic advocate. This is not a philosophical treatise, but an intimate autobiography, very readable and understandable.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    The author takes the reader on his personal journey from belief

    The author takes the reader on his personal journey from belief to non-belief.  He describes the events along the way that shaped his conversion.  The language is concise and engaging.  The story never lagged, from beginning to end.  Truly a thought provoking and enjoyable read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    This book is an amazing journey.  Reading this book is like taki

    This book is an amazing journey.  Reading this book is like taking a journey into the life of a humble individual.  This book is not written to persuade anyone to atheism but merely to give u insight into why a deeply religious man who exhausted every avenue to come closer to god.  He tried everything to find god and when the answers could no longer justify the means he had to walk away.  Throughout this story  jerry keeps his family in priority. I recommend everyone read this no matter where you are at in journey.  

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Excellent telling of a minister's life and how much it can be ch

    Excellent telling of a minister's life and how much it can be changed by atheism.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Spiritual journey to humanistic atheism

    Narrative of a spritual journey arriving at humanistic atheism. Truth, insofar as we can discern it, and compassion are the guides. This book should be of particular interest to preachers, preachers' kids, and anyone who's had exposure to Pentecostalism or the Bible Belt. Some of the experiences described were recent and still a little raw. Maybe there'll be a sequel!

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