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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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Excellent. Very readable compiled research. The footnotes are just as interesting as the text.more
A fascinating book thoroughly reviewing all the arguments of Christian fundamentalists and counter arguments of atheists, presented by an author who flipped from one side of the debate (as a preacher) to the other (as an atheist). There may be no such thing as an objective observer on such matters, but this book provides an edifying and much needed read on the clashing perspectives (particularly given that politics and religions are getting intertwined nowadays), and an impressive in-depth coverage of all the issues on the table.more
John W. Loftus has written an unusually rich book about Christianity and atheism. He is a former clergyman who lost his belief in Christianity. He approaches the subject from many angles: philosophy, theology, science, as well as personal experience. There is a mammoth amount of research in this book, which include notes and an extensive bibliography. The one disappointment is the lack of an index. Very well worth reading.more
Atrocious editing ruins what otherwise could have been a throughly interesting story.The mistakes were so distracting I could barely stand to finish the book. The biography is interesting and I would highly recommend it after it has been reprinted and hopefully edited properly.more
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Excellent. Very readable compiled research. The footnotes are just as interesting as the text.more
A fascinating book thoroughly reviewing all the arguments of Christian fundamentalists and counter arguments of atheists, presented by an author who flipped from one side of the debate (as a preacher) to the other (as an atheist). There may be no such thing as an objective observer on such matters, but this book provides an edifying and much needed read on the clashing perspectives (particularly given that politics and religions are getting intertwined nowadays), and an impressive in-depth coverage of all the issues on the table.more
John W. Loftus has written an unusually rich book about Christianity and atheism. He is a former clergyman who lost his belief in Christianity. He approaches the subject from many angles: philosophy, theology, science, as well as personal experience. There is a mammoth amount of research in this book, which include notes and an extensive bibliography. The one disappointment is the lack of an index. Very well worth reading.more
Atrocious editing ruins what otherwise could have been a throughly interesting story.The mistakes were so distracting I could barely stand to finish the book. The biography is interesting and I would highly recommend it after it has been reprinted and hopefully edited properly.more
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