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Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Sp...
by Tim Sledge

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English

Pages

95

Publication Date

July 23, 2019

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<p>I鈥檝e shared the details of my spiritual journey in <i>Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher鈥檚 Journey Beyond Faith</i>. My aim in this book is raise four challenging questions that need to be addressed by every Christian believer and then to offer one incredibly simple answer鈥攁n answer that challenges the veracity of the Christian faith but can also be the gateway to a rewarding new life that is based on truth and does not require the suspension of common sense.</p><p>Objectively examining your closely held belief system is not a walk in the park. And facing up to the idea that you might be under a spell that makes it hard for you to think objectively is daunting, especially when you rely on the spell鈥檚 results to make you feel that everything is okay and when you鈥檝e been warned that tampering with the spell is the worst thing you could ever do.</p><p>Choose courage. If what you believe is true, it can stand the test of any question that I or anyone else might raise. I encourage you to open your mind, face the facts, and decide that you will follow the truth wherever it leads.</p><p>I spent most of my life in a search for truth about faith, God, and religion. Maybe I can save you some time as you make your own decisions. </p><p> Tim Sledge</p>
Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary
by Kenneth W. Daniels

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English

Pages

364

Publication Date

July 03, 2010

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This is a story of a true Christian who believed for nearly three decades, having grown up the son of evangelical missionary parents, later becoming a missionary himself. Yet he slowly lost his faith and now no longer holds it. In this part-autobiography, part-expos茅, Ken traces his journey from evangelical missionary to secular humanist while remaining part of a committed Christian family. He looks back at a number of reasons he remained a believer for over a decade after his initial doubts began at university, critically evaluating each one in a separate chapter. Whether or not you agree with Ken's conclusions, you will find his journey and his reasons for taking it fascinating and informative. You will end up better understanding, if not appreciating, the mind of apostates whose desire is to follow the evidence wherever it leads.
Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith
by Tim Sledge

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

December 07, 2018

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<b>Second Edition</b> <br /><br /><i>Goodbye Jesus</i> is the step-by-step account of a former minister鈥檚 journey into and out of faith鈥攖he story of a long pendulum swing from the deep commitment of a devout believer to the firm conviction that no personal God exists and that all religions are man-made. <br /><br />Tim Sledge was a Southern Baptist preacher and writer for 35 years. His pioneering work in faith-based recovery ministries in the 80s and 90s ultimately guided participants in 20,000 Christian support groups across the U.S. <br /><br />The driving force behind Sledge鈥檚 ultimate rejection of Christianity was his long-term, up-close observations of church life. 鈥淎fter living and leading in the church for decades, I saw no consistent evidence of an ongoing supernatural presence鈥攁nd I wanted to see that evidence with all that was in me.鈥?<br /><br />Part memoir, part expos茅, part polemic, <i>Goodbye Jesus</i> is an honest, highly personal, and frequently provocative spiritual autobiography that concludes with an insider鈥檚 takedown of religious faith. <br /><br />This is a relatable and thoughtful read for those seeking to better understand the evangelical mindset, for Christians who are questioning their faith, for ministers trying to decide whether to stay or go, and for those who have left their faith and are dealing with its loss.<br />
God: A Human History
by Reza Aslan

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?The bestselling author of <i>Zealot</i> and host of <i>Believer </i>explores humanity鈥檚 quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /> In <i>Zealot,</i> Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.<br /> 聽<br />In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions.聽According to Aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. As Aslan writes, 鈥淲hether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we鈥檙e believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> But this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature鈥攐ur compassion, our thirst for justice鈥攂ut all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence. All these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments.<br /> 聽<br /> More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality.聽Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, <i>God: A Human History</i> will challenge the way you think about the divine and its role in our everyday lives.<br /><br /><b>Praise for God</b><br /><br />鈥淭imely, riveting, enlightening and necessary.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;/b><i><b><i>HuffPost</i></b><br /><br /> </i>鈥淭antalizing . . . Driven by [Reza] Aslan鈥檚 grace and curiosity, God . . . helps us pan out from our troubled times, while asking us to consider a more expansive view of the divine in contemporary life.鈥?lt;b><i><b><i>鈥擳he Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淎 fascinating exploration of the interaction of our humanity and God.鈥?lt;b><i><b>鈥?lt;i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淸Aslan鈥檚] slim, yet ambitious book [is] the story of how humans have created God with a capital G, and it鈥檚 thoroughly mind-blowing.鈥?lt;b><i><b><i>鈥擫os Angeles Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> </i></b>鈥淎slan is a born storyteller, and there is much to enjoy in this intelligent survey.鈥?lt;b><i><b>鈥?lt;i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b></i></b>
Letter to a Christian Nation
by Sam Harris

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English

Pages

96

Publication Date

September 19, 2006

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<p>From the new afterword by the author:<br /><br />Humanity has had a long fascination with blood sacrifice. In fact, it has been by no means uncommon for a child to be born into this world only to be patiently and lovingly reared by religious maniacs, who believe that the best way to keep the sun on its course or to ensure a rich harvest is to lead him by tender hand into a field or to a mountaintop and bury, butcher, or burn him alive as offering to an invisible God. The notion that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that his death constitutes a successful propitiation of a 鈥渓oving鈥?God is a direct and undisguised inheritance of the superstitious bloodletting that has plagued bewildered people throughout history. . .</p>
Staying Sober Without God: The Practical 12 Steps to Long-Term Re...
by Jeffrey Munn

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

January 05, 2019

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Do you want to get sober without adopting the belief in God that is often pushed in AA, NA, and other 12-step meetings? Do you want a practical, no-nonsense, psychology-based approach to sobriety that is rooted in down-to-earth principles and actions? Staying Sober Without God is a guide that will help you do just that.<br /><br />Staying Sober Without God provides an overview of alcoholism, drug addiction, and behavioral addictions along with a new version of the 12 steps referred to as The Practical 12 Steps. These steps, written by a recovering addict and licensed psychotherapist, are adapted from the original 12 steps. They contain the original wisdom of the 12 steps without any reference to God or the supernatural.<br /><br />Staying Sober Without God also provides guidance in areas that the original 12 steps don't fully address such as physical health, seeking outside help, and effective communication. The end result is a robust, well-rounded guide to a balanced recovery lifestyle that can help you stay forever free from your compulsive behaviors if you choose to be.<br /><br />Finally, there is a path to recovery for the rest of us.
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
by Christopher Hitchens

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

December 10, 2007

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<b>Christopher Hitchens's personally curated <i>New York Times</i> bestselling anthology of the most influential and important writings on atheism, including original pieces by Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan</b><br />From the #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>God Is Not Great</i>, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages--with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices--past and present--that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they're all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens--"political and literary journalist extraordinaire" (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>)--can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: <i>The Portable Atheist</i> will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.
Without God: Science, Belief, Morality, and the Meaning of Life
by Zachary Broom

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English

Pages

348

Publication Date

August 22, 2019

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<p><strong>Without God, how can we have hope or make sense of such a broken world?</strong></p><p>Skeptics believe we don鈥檛 need God to understand reality, and that science and reason hold the keys to building a better world. Faith is blind, and there is no credible evidence for God鈥檚 existence鈥攅specially the God of the Bible. Therefore, science and religious belief are deeply incompatible, and God is no longer relevant to our modern world.</p><p>But if there is no God, how can our lives have any meaning? How can we make sense of good and evil, truth, justice, beauty, rationality, or even science itself? By engaging with popular atheists and skeptics, both new and old, as well as many of Christianity鈥檚 most brilliant writers, pastor and author Zachary Broom demonstrates how not only is there powerful evidence for God鈥檚 existence, but without Him, everything begins to unravel.</p><p>Instead of setting out to 鈥減rove鈥?God鈥檚 existence, Without God carefully and seriously engages skeptic鈥檚 doubts and common arguments against God, making use of philosophy, science, literature, and real-life conversations, as well as the author's own struggles and doubts.</p><p>Whether you believe in God or not, you will be challenged to wrestle carefully with life鈥檚 most important questions in a way that will lead you to a greater respect for the beliefs of others.聽</p>
Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt
by Alec Ryrie

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

December 24, 2019

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Long before philosophers started making the case for atheism, powerful, affectively laden cultural currents were sowing doubt in Europe. Alec Ryrie looks to the history of the Reformation and argues that emotions鈥攁nger at priestly corruption and anxieties attending the erosion of time-honored certainties鈥攚ere the handmaidens of atheism.
The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
by Edward Feser

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English

Pages

312

Publication Date

August 15, 2012

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<p>The central contention of the 鈥淣ew Atheism鈥?of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is that there has for several centuries been a war between science and religion, that religion has been steadily losing that war, and that at this point in human history a completely secular scientific account of the world has been worked out in such thorough and convincing detail that there is no longer any reason why a rational and educated person should find the claims of any religion the least bit worthy of attention.</p><br /><p>But as Edward Feser argues in<i>The Last Superstition</i>, in fact there is not, and never has been, any war between science and religion at all. There has instead been a conflict between two entirely philosophical conceptions of the natural order: on the one hand, the classical 鈥渢eleological鈥?vision of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, on which purpose or goal-directedness is as inherent a feature of the physical world as mass or electric charge; and the modern 鈥渕echanical鈥?vision of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, according to which the physical world is comprised of nothing more than purposeless, meaningless particles in motion. As it happens, on the classical teleological picture, the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and the natural-law conception of morality are rationally unavoidable. Modern atheism and secularism have thus always crucially depended for their rational credentials on the insinuation that the modern, mechanical picture of the world has somehow been established by science. Yet this modern 鈥渕echanical鈥?picture has never been established by science, and cannot be, for it is not a scientific theory in the first place but merely a philosophical interpretation of science. Moreover, as Feser shows, the philosophical arguments in its favor given by the early modern philosophers were notable only for being surprisingly weak. The true reasons for its popularity were then, and are now, primarily political: It was a tool by which the intellectual foundations of ecclesiastical authority could be undermined and the way opened toward a new secular and liberal social order oriented toward commerce and technology. So as to further these political ends, it was simply stipulated, by fiat as it were, that no theory inconsistent with the mechanical picture of the world would be allowed to count as 鈥渟cientific.鈥?As the centuries have worn on and historical memory has dimmed, this act of dogmatic stipulation has falsely come to be remembered as a 鈥渄iscovery.鈥?lt;/p><br /><p>However, not only is this modern philosophical picture rationally unfounded, it is demonstrably false. For the 鈥渕echanical鈥?conception of the natural world, when worked out consistently, absurdly entails that rationality, and indeed the human mind itself, are illusory. The so-called 鈥渟cientific worldview鈥?championed by the New Atheists thus inevitably undermines its own rational foundations; and into the bargain (and contrary to the moralistic posturing of the New Atheists) it undermines the foundations of any possible morality as well. By contrast, and as The Last Superstition demonstrates, the classical teleological picture of nature can be seen to find powerful confirmation in developments from contemporary philosophy, biology, and physics; moreover, morality and reason itself cannot possibly be made sense of apart from it. The teleological vision of the ancients and medievals is thereby rationally vindicated 鈥?and with it the religious worldview they based upon it.</p>

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