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Godless

How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker
Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From the introduction by Dan Barker: Millions of good people live moral, happy, loving, meaningful lives without believing in a god.

Oprah said it was 17 years, but it was actually 19 years between my first sermon at the age of 15 and my last sermon at the age of 34. Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.

©2008 Dan Barker and Richard Dawkins (P)2015 Pitchstone Publishing

What the critics say

"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. I don't think anyone can match the (devastating!) clarity, intensity, and honesty which Dan Barker brings to the journey - faith to reason, childhood to growing up, fantasy to reality, intoxication to sobriety." (Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia)

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If I would read it again , I would skip the first part which is almost like six hours of his bio.
Not good source for information “Kalam cosmology “

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excellent!

a stellar book! a must read for any free thinker! it has been one of the most insightful books I have listened too recently!

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  • B. Bobberstein
  • 2016-03-02

It's Never Too Late To Embrace Reason

Dan's fascinating story of de-conversion also provides some basic philosophy and biblical examination. Great Read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-03-23

good writing, irritating narration

I enjoyed the book's content but it sounded like the author was sucking in a lozenge...the mouth noises were nearly intolerable.

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  • Ms. Gray
  • 2016-03-09

In-depth yet personal

This book was very thoughtful and inspires reason as a daily lifestyle. The surprising aspect was that it managed to utilize a method of storytelling and personal history that made the entire book feel like an inspirational biography so indicative of the successful christian narratives infecting the checkout aisles of bookstores today.
I will admit that for about two chapters I was deeply annoyed with the author's voice. It was soothing, deep and should have been very easy to listen to, but something about it almost had me giving up on the book. Then I realized that I was annoyed because it reminded me of the calming and methodical voices used by preachers in the church I went to as a kid. As soon as I recognized that Dan Barker had that quality, I was able to relax and drop how annoyed I was.

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  • Chris
  • 2016-06-28

Brilliant

Just an amazing, entertaining, and very well informed book. I found it amazing hat Dan read the whole book himself it really makes it hit home a lot more. When I saw that Richard Dawkins did the foreword it was the last deciding factor in my decision to choose Godless, and it really did not disappoint.

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  • David
  • 2016-02-21

must read/listen!

Loved it! rings true through out the book. Will make sure to recommend to friend's.

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  • Learning is Loving
  • 2016-05-11

Great Book

Timely and logical helping me move past my fears of letting go of the myths.

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  • Michael Hardin
  • 2018-10-07

Good information; poor delivery

I managed to get through the entire selection but found the sound of the lozenge clicking against the narrator’s teeth to be extremely distracting; almost intolerable.

Otherwise, it’s a must read for those who have transitioned from fundamentalist, dogmatic Christianity to something else entirely.

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  • douglas johnson
  • 2016-12-02

Beating a dead horse

I agree 100% with the book. I think if you are on the fence helpful.

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  • Adam Easey
  • 2016-11-04

Amazing testimony.

Mr. Barker touches on many aspects of his journey from faith to reason. His description of his transition is something very relatable to any one who was raised religious and later became an unbeliever.

I also recommend this book for believers who aren't easily offended and enjoy good discussion. I challenge you to listen to Mr. Barker's chapter on bible contradictions. It will blow your mind. I think a large percentage of believers don't actually know the bible as well as they think.

Approach this book with an open mind while Dan describes the possibility of Jesus the myth and Jesus the legend (2 different ideas).

You can't read this book and walk away with nothing, believers and non believers alike.

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  • shawn
  • 2016-11-03

Excellent offering

very interesting examination of the writers journey. Reading was a bit stiff though, the reading could have been a bit more natural but otherwise top notch.

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