Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity

  • by John W. Loftus
  • Narrated by Buzz Kemper
  • 31 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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No stone left unturned!!

This is a gem in my modest collection of books on atheism.
Loftus covers every blade of grass when it comes to the arguments for and against the existence of God, with absolutely tons of references to boot. Above all he makes one crucial point; most of these logical arguments are rarely the reasons for belief/unbelief in a deity, but the personal honest assessment of one's own life experiences tends to be the defining
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-11-2015
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing