The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God

The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God

by Dan Barker, Julia Sweeney
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The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God by Dan Barker

How Does an Atheist Respond to the Question, What Is the Purpose of Life?

For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”

But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide.

This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569758823
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 339,291
File size: 322 KB

About the Author

Dan Barker received a degree in religion from Azusa Pacific Univer-sity and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church. He is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Found-ation and host of Freethought Radio. He has appeared on numerous talk shows, including Oprah Winfrey, Hannity & Colmes and Good Morning America.
Julia Sweeney is an actress, comedian and author, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows.

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The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ashland-Atheist More than 1 year ago
Many religious people in today's society accuse atheists of being immoral, sad, cold, living empty and meaningless lives. Reading Dan Barker's THE GOOD ATHEIST, I found numerous examples that show the truth to be otherwise. As with his previous books, "Losing Faith in Faith" and "godless," Barker's writing is engrossing, easy to understand, and gives some new insight into religious and non-religious minds. The two-part book opens with an enthusiastic forward by actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, followed by a short preface by Mr. Barker as he introduces himself and tells about losing his religious faith after 19 years of preaching Christianity. In Part One, "Life-Driven Purpose," he explains his purpose in writing this book: after reading Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" Part One is not long, but it doesn't need to be as Barker makes his arguments and points against Warren's book very plain. He includes some unique examples to illustrate what is wring with Warren's "Purpose OF Life" as opposed to a "Purpose IN Life," as Barker prefers. One section titled "If It's Friday, This Must Be Servitude," makes use of Daniel Defoe's classic novel, Robinson Crusoe, in showing how the master/slave relationship between Crusoe and Friday is comparable to Warren's "Purpose OF Life," which is the belief that man was created to serve God. Part Two, titled "Profiles in Non-belief," is a refreshing look at the variety of freethinking personalities, past and present. It gives short historical notes and comments of religious and non-religious views from over 250 actors, composers, artists, philosophers, political leaders, scientists and various others who have contibuted so much to this world we live in. This second part is an ingenious idea, very well researched, and very welcomed. It should enlighten any open-minded reader. From profound words of many minds, such as molecular biologist James D. Watson: "The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology. I wanted to understand," to humorous comments from the likes of Mark Twain, Woody Allen, George Carlin, and Brad Pitt - it encourages us to take control of our own mind. There is a strong need for books like this. Former U.S. president George Bush, Sr., is reported to have answered a question concerning atheists with: "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God." Education and understanding will help change mistaken beliefs such as this. Dan Barker's THE GOOD ATHEIST has both. I am so convinced this book will help curb the prejudice towards atheists that I purchased a second copy and left it at a local coffee house where customers donate and exchange books. I consider it money well spent.
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This isn't a book about finding or having purpose as an atheist. It's a listig of famous people who happen to be non-believers. Perhaps a handy reference book but not a good read by any means. I wish I could get my money back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first atheist book and I was very excited to read it. I had heard Dan Baker was a good author (his previous books were recommended), and the cover and title suggested that this wasn't a book that explained what atheism is or persuades you to become one but guides you to leading a fulfilling, prosperous, purposeful life as one. The first half of the book was basically an introduction of the author and how he lost his faith, the middle gave bible quotes and talked about how theism is wrong and atheism is the way to be, and the end was basically a list of well known atheists divided into categories (artists, actors, scientists, etc.). I was very disappointed. Please don't waste your money. I recommend Red Neck, Blue Collar Atheist if you don't take your beliefs (or lack thereof) too seriously. I don't know about anyone else but I'd like a little less science and non-fiction and a little more humor and narration in my books about atheism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money on that book!