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 analyzation. 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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Buzz Kemper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048126/bk_acx0_048126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact the Bible lays out God´s primary qualities clearly: He´s jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive - and worse! Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the ´´Good Book´´), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn´t govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Buzz Kemper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057912/bk_acx0_057912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.