Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind

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Pitchstone Publishing #ad - In confidential interviews, clergy from across the ministerial spectrum—from liberal to literal—reveal how their lives of religious service and study have led them to a truth inimical to their professed beliefs and profession. Although their personal stories are as varied as the denominations they once represented, Pentecostal, Methodist, Episcopalian, Mormon, Baptist, or continue to represent—whether Catholic, or any of numerous others—they give voice not only to their own struggles but also to those who similarly suffer in tender and lonely silence.

What is it like to be a preacher or rabbi who no longer believes in God? In this expanded and updated edition of their groundbreaking study, Daniel C. As this study poignantly and vividly reveals, their congregations, their common journey has far-reaching implications not only for their families, and their communities—but also for the very future of religion.

Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind #ad - Dennett and linda lascola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face in the new transparency of the information age—the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach.

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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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Penguin Books #ad - Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, and psychology, history, Daniel C.

The new york times bestseller – a “crystal-clear, constantly engaging” jared Diamond exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactionsFor all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly.

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The Case Against Miracles

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Hypatia Press #ad - The definitions for what a miracles are have been forged by the same men who fought hard to promote their own beliefs as fitting under that umbrella. Loftus, a former student of noted christian apologist William Lane Craig, got some of the biggest names in the field to contribute to this book, which represents a critical analysis of the very idea of miracles.

Incorporating his own thoughts along with those of noted academics, and theologians, philosophers, Loftus is able to properly define “miracle” and then show why there’s no reason to believe such a thing even exists. Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent non-believer.

The Case Against Miracles #ad - If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a miracle is, or doubted whether they exist, then this book is for you. For as long as the idea of “miracles” has been in the public sphere, the conversation about them has been shaped exclusively by religious apologists and Christian leaders. It’s time for a change.

Enter John W. Loftus, an atheist author who has earned three master’s degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

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Ulysses Press #ad - Advance praise for godless“valuable in the human story are the reflections of intelligent and ethical people who listen to the voice of reason and who allow it to vanquish bigotry and superstition. This book is a classic example. Christopher hitchens author of god is not great“the most eloquent witness of internal delusion that I know—a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal world of American fundamentalist Protestantism—is Dan Barker.

Richard dawkins author of the god Delusion“Godless was a revelation to me. But most of all, it is a moving testimonial to one man’s emotional and intellectual rigor in acclaiming critical thinking. Robert sapolsky author of why zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. I don’t think anyone can match the devastating! clarity, fantasy to reality, childhood to growing up, intensity, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey—faith to reason, intoxication to sobriety.

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists #ad - Oliver sacks authors of musicophiliain godless, barker recounts his journey from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, and along the way explains precisely why it is not only okay to be an atheist, it is something in which to be proud. Michael shermer publisher of skeptic Magazine“Godless is a fascinating memoir and a handbook for debunking theism.

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Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Spell of Christian Belief

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Insighting Growth Publications #ad - I encourage you to open your mind, face the facts, and decide that you will follow the truth wherever it leads. I spent most of my life in a search for truth about faith, God, and religion. 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’s results to make you feel that everything is okay and when you’ve been warned that tampering with the spell is the worst thing you could ever do.

Choose courage. Tim sledge. Maybe i can save you some time as you make your own decisions. I’ve shared the details of my spiritual journey in Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith. 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—an 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.

Four Disturbing Questions with One Simple Answer: Breaking the Spell of Christian Belief #ad - Objectively examining your closely held belief system is not a walk in the park. If what you believe is true, it can stand the test of any question that I or anyone else might raise.

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Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

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Simon & Schuster #ad - A new york times bestselling historian of early christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence: where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from, and why do they endure?What happens when we die? A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven, 58% in a literal hell.

Moreover, cultural, these views did not come from nowhere; they were intimately connected with the social, and historical worlds out of which they emerged. He discusses ancient guided tours of heaven and hell, in which a living person observes the sublime blessings of heaven for those who are saved and the horrifying torments of hell for the damned.

Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife #ad - Some of these accounts take the form of near death experiences, the oldest on record, with intriguing similarities to those reported today. So where did the ideas come from? in clear and compelling terms, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, focusing especially on the teachings of Jesus and his early followers.

One of ehrman’s startling conclusions is that there never was a single Greek, or Christian understanding of the afterlife, Jewish, but numerous competing views. As a historian, ehrman obviously cannot provide a definitive answer to the question of what happens after death. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible.

In heaven and hell, he assures us that even if there may be something to hope for when we die, he does the next best thing: by helping us reflect on where our ideas of the afterlife come from, there is certainly nothing to fear. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament and are not what Jesus or his disciples taught.

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Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith

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Insighting Growth Publications Inc. #ad - Second edition goodbye jesus is the step-by-step account of a former minister’s journey into and out of faith—the 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. This is a relatable and thoughtful read for those seeking to better understand the evangelical mindset, for ministers trying to decide whether to stay or go, for Christians who are questioning their faith, and for those who have left their faith and are dealing with its loss.

. After living and leading in the church for decades, I saw no consistent evidence of an ongoing supernatural presence—and I wanted to see that evidence with all that was in me. Part memoir, goodbye jesus is an honest, highly personal, part polemic, part exposé, and frequently provocative spiritual autobiography that concludes with an insider’s takedown of religious faith.

Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher's Journey Beyond Faith #ad - 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. The driving force behind Sledge’s ultimate rejection of Christianity was his long-term, up-close observations of church life. Tim sledge was a Southern Baptist preacher and writer for 35 years.

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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life

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Simon & Schuster #ad - In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom chet raymo of the boston globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet, " focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe.

Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

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Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason

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Outskirts Press, Inc. #ad - A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became host of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.

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The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American

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Sterling #ad - Thoroughly researched, this persuasively argued and fascinating book proves that America was not built on the Bible and that Christian nationalism is, in fact, un-American. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the freedom from religion Foundation, builds his case point by point, comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy, showing that the Bible contradicts the Declaration of Independence’s central tenets.

But is this belief true? The Founding Myth answers the question once and for all. Andrew L. Do “in god we trust, ” the declaration of independence, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? A constitutional attorney dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding.

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American #ad - Christian nationalists assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever.

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The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution

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Random House #ad - At the dawn of the new atheist movement, ” the heralds of religion's unraveling—Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, the thinkers who became known as “the four horsemen, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett—sat down together over cocktails. Among the vast range of ideas and questions they discuss: is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? And, are there any truths you would rather not know?”—The Bookseller UK starred review.

Each man contends with the most fundamental questions of human existence while challenging the others to articulate their own stance on God and religion, spirituality, cultural criticism, debate with people of faith, and the components of a truly ethical life. Praise for the four Horsemen “This bracing exchange of ideas crackles with energy.

. Now in print for the first time, the transcript of their conversation is illuminated by new essays from three of the original participants and an introduction by Stephen Fry. Here is the transcript of that conversation, augmented by material from the living participants: Dawkins, Harris, in print for the first time, and Dennett.

The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution #ad - This is intellectual inquiry at its best: exhilarating, and unpredictable, funny, sincere and probing, reminding us just how varied and colorful the threads of modern atheism are. I commend the book to those seeking an honest reckoning with their religion—and those curious about how the world looks from a rigorously naturalistic and atheistic point of view.

Pittsburgh post-gazette “the full, which took place in Washington, electrifying transcript of the one and only conversation between the quartet of luminaries dubbed the ‘four horsemen’ of the New Atheism, D.

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