The Homemade Atheist: A Former Evangelical Woman's Freethought Journey to Happiness

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Betty Brogaard was raised to be a good Christian. By the time she was 20 years old, she had joined a fundamentalist church. She even met and married a young man who became a minister in the congregation. However, the more she came to understand Christianity from within, the more she found herself asking questions instead of finding answers.

In The Homemade Atheist, Betty shares her sincere, personal and fascinating journey from the mental slavery of religion to the happiness she...

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Overview

Betty Brogaard was raised to be a good Christian. By the time she was 20 years old, she had joined a fundamentalist church. She even met and married a young man who became a minister in the congregation. However, the more she came to understand Christianity from within, the more she found herself asking questions instead of finding answers.

In The Homemade Atheist, Betty shares her sincere, personal and fascinating journey from the mental slavery of religion to the happiness she found in freethought. Along the way and without malice, she offers questions that challenge you to analyze your own beliefs-exactly as she did over a period of many years.

Her transformation provides a wealth of insights for anyone seeking a path to a nonreligious way of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569757840
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 960,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author


Betty Brogaard is a former Christian church leader and religious writer turned atheist. Her first book, Dare to Think for Yourself, was published in 2004. She lives in Wisconsin.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 13

Part 1 The Path to Unbelief

1 The Unbeliever's Happiness 19

2 Can Adherence to the Bible Bring Real Happiness? 38

3 The Omni-God 62

4 This, Too, Shall Pass 72

5 Schizophrenic Religion 80

Part 2 A House Divided

6 The Religious War of Words 89

7 The Ten Commandments and the Sabbath Day 107

8 Freewill, Open Theism, and Open View of God 115

Part 3 Religious Experience in Perspective

9 Who Can Know God? 123

10 Morality, Ethics, and Atheism 127

11 The Importance of Evidence 134

12 The Logic of Unbelief 142

13 How Tolerant Should We Be? 149

14 What's It Going to Take? 155

Epilogue 162

Bibliography 165

Index 169

About the Author 176

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