For about two decades John W. Loftus was a devout evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With three degrees--in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion--he was adept at using rational argumentation to defend the faith. But over the years, doubts about the credibility of key Christian tenets began to creep into his thinking. By the late 1990s he experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, the author carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The original edition of this book was published in 2006 and reissued in 2008. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. In this revised and expanded edition, the author addresses criticisms of the original, adds new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation. For every issue he succinctly summarizes the various points of view and provides references for further reading. In conclusion, he describes the implications of life without belief in God, some liberating, some sobering. This frank critique of Christian belief from a former insider will interest freethinkers as well as anyone with doubts about the claims of religion.
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This book is a companion volume for my book, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2008). It presents some personal reflections and additional arguments not covered in that other book.
We know Bhagat Singh as the revolutionary who challenged the British rule and sacrificed his life for the motherland. But very few of us know that he was also an independent thinker. Why I am an Atheist is an essay written by him in 1930 in Lahore Central Jail. The essay was a reply to his religious friends who thought Bhagat Singh became an atheist because of his vanity. After the death of Bhagat Singh, the essay was published on 27 September 1931 in Lala Lajpat Rai's English weekly 'The People'. In this essay, he extensively talks about his beliefs and how he reached the conclusion that there exists no god.
Perhaps the most persistent question in human history is whether or not there is a God. Intelligent people on both sides of the issue have argued, sometimes with deep rancor and bitterness, for generations. The issue can't be decided by another apologetics book, but the conversation can continue and help each side understand the perspectives of the other. In this unique book, atheist John Loftus and theist Randal Rauser engage in twenty short debates that consider Christianity, the existence of God, and unbelief from a variety of angles. Each concise debate centers on a proposition to be resolved, with either John or Randal arguing in the affirmative and the opponent the negative, and can be read in short bits or big bites. This is the perfect book for Christians and their atheist or agnostic friends to read together, and encourages honest, open, and candid debate on the most important issues of life and faith.
A phenomenon is happening today at an alarming rate. More and more people are boldly proclaiming that they are no longer Christians, but "ex-Christians." Many are now in fact, atheists. Can this be true? If they are non-Christians now, were they truly Christians to begin with? They will state without equivocation that they were in fact committed Christians, but no longer. What is the deal? The author investigates this and other areas related to the biblical salvation, even dedicating a number of chapters in which he reviews and critiques the book "Why I Became an Atheist" by John W. Loftus. The Christian-turned-atheist's line of thinking (and resultant statements) merely creates more questions; questions that deserve to be answered. Join Fred as he works his way through the conundrum of statements and questions posed by the ex-Christian.
Bhagat Singh is a name that became synonymous with revolution in India’s struggle for Independence. This young boy brought about a change in the way people thought about freedom. He was well read and fought extensively for rights – his own, his comrades’ and his countrymen’s. A discussion with a friend soon turned into a matter of self-assessment for Bhagat Singh, leading to a discourse on why he chose to be an atheist. Even in the face of death at a very young age, his uncanny observation leads to his putting forth some pertinent questions. On another occasion, he was disappointed with his father’s plea in court for his innocence and chose to write a letter to him. This book is a collection of eighteen of his valued writings from within the walls of prison and outside it, which show us the resolve in his words, and the bravery in his acts subsequently.
In this successor to his critically acclaimed anthology, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, a former minister and now leading atheist spokesperson has assembled a stellar group of respected scholars to continue the critique of Christianity begun in the first volume. Contributors include Victor Stenger, Robert Price, Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, Keith Parsons, David Eller, and Taner Edis. Loftus is also the author of the best-selling Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. Taken together, the Loftus trilogy poses formidable challenges to claims for the rationality of the Christian faith. Anyone with an interest in the philosophy of religion will find this compilation to be intellectually stimulating and deeply thought provoking.
- Author : Atheism is Wrong
- Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
- Release Date : 2016-04-09
- Genre : Religion
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : 9781365035159
This is a short ebook addressing the claim that atheists are smarter than non-atheists. This ebook exposes how that claim is a lie based on atheists misrepresenting and misinterpreting data to suit their agenda. We find that atheists aren't more intelligent, in fact, according to The Psychology of Atheism, many atheists became atheists for motivational reasons rather than rational reasons during their adolescence suggesting a link between emotional thinking and atheism. (Source The Psychology of Atheism . Oxford Handbook of Atheism Page 470) This seems to be reinforced by the fact that many atheists use emotional arguments to support atheism (i.e "bad things happen in the world ergo god doesn't exist").
Adieu to God examines atheism from a psychological perspective and reveals how religious phenomena and beliefs are psychological rather than supernatural in origin. Answers the psychological question of why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, do religions continue to prosper? Looks at atheism and religion using a fair and balanced approach based on the latest work in psychology, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry and medicine Acknowledges the many psychological benefits of religion while still questioning the validity of its supernatural belief systems and providing atheist alternatives to a fulfilling life
- Author : Bernie Dehler
- Publisher : CreateSpace
- Release Date : 2014-11-22
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 36
- ISBN : 1490479341
Is it possible to disprove the existence of God? Seems like most Christians and atheists agree, and say "no." Contrariwise, Dr. Stenger wrote a book called "God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist." In that same theme comes this booklet, in which Bernie explains why he left Christianity for scientific and philosophical reasons. Bernie also shares ways that we can now, using modern knowledge (science and philosophy), falsify the existence of God (including every version of a Christian God; such as Catholic, Mormon, Pentecostal, etc. versions). If your god is not superfluous, then he/she/they/it can be falsified with modern knowledge (science and/or philosophy). Just take any unique specific claims for that god and think about how it comports (or not!) with science and reason. And if your god is superfluous, then it isn't much of a God. That sort of God is indistinguishable from a God that doesn't exist.
'For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse". You might hear that from people who have faith in a god. But is it true that God is real? Should we believe in God? Discover this book. This book departs on a guided thought experiment to understand how religion came to be, why religion has been a mainstay in modernity, and what armamentarium to use in our fight against religious zealots. If you are a theist, the purpose of this book is to reason you out of something you had no reason to believe in the first place. Buy this book now.
Have you ever thought about what might happen if you stopped believing in God one day? Probably nothing, right? However, you are wrong, actually many and a lot of big things could happen, don't worry it's not like God might get angry and blast your head with lightning, but some similar events might arise, the short story here is about the man named as Zakir who happened to experience such events Zakir was born in a devoted Muslim family, he was a very good Muslim and very religious, from childhood itself he loved Allah and felt much closer to him, but things did not go well as one day he stumbled upon an ex-Muslim on social media, the interaction between them made him doubt his Iman. When he took the journey of finding the truth, he became an atheist. However, he still tried to remain a practicing Muslim because of familial reason, but he regretted his decision later as he could no longer bear to live double lives, in turn, he decided to reveal his atheism to his family slowly, but things did not work out well and turned into a worst possible situation.
This first extended study of Don Cupitt's writings discusses them from his earliest articles up to and including The Long-Legged Fly, published in 1987. Such a survey is badly needed, the author argues, because so many of the attacks on Don Cupitt are misplaced and fail to see his ongoing project as a whole. Scott Cowdell divides Cupitt into 'the early Cupitt', up to Taking Leave of God; 'the later Cupitt', the writer of the trilogy consisting of Taking Leave of God, The World to Come and Only Human and of The Sea of Faith; and the most recent non-realist Cupitt of The Long-Legged Fly. While sympathetic to Don Cupitt's works Scott Cowdell is by no means uncritical, and makes some important objections, particularly to Cupitt's rejection of alternative approaches: 'there are more thing in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in his philosophy'. But at least, he argues, Don Cupitt is honest in his assertions; there are other theologians in effect just as radical who conceal their radical character in an obscurantist haze. Don Cupitt has written a Foreword, and there is a full bibliography of his writings.