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From Pastor To Atheist

Author : Larry Cartford
ISBN : 9781450085854
Genre : Religion
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Religion has been a powerful and determinative force in human life ever since the beginning of time. Many religions have flourished, then died. Yet the basic dynamics of religion have not changed. Religions seek to promote the gods they create, instill fear, divide people, and control behavior. After disclosing religions for what they are- manipulative and domineering- a non-god way of life is presented. What religions consider to be their exclusive domains, eternal life, spirituality, morality and truth, are exposed as not solely theirs. Spirituality and morality are presented as an innate depth of human beingness in all people. Eternal life is offered as the noble destiny for all people not dependent on what gods are accepted. Truth is to be known through reason, not revelation. To break unconditionally the power of religion the nexus must be changed from gods to humans at the center. No longer ask, What do the gods want? instead. What do humans need? Along with a non-god way of life a world without religion is discussed which elucidates a new way of beauty, openness and peace. For all people seeking an alternative way of life not controlled by religion or revelation this book offers a non-god way of life.
Category: Religion

Losing Faith In Faith

Author : Dan Barker
ISBN : UVA:X030237428
Genre : Religion
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A former preacher tell why he abandoned the guidance of the Bible to follow the dictates of own conscience.
Category: Religion

Why I Became An Atheist

Author : John W. Loftus
ISBN : 1616145773
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Explains how the author lost his faith in Christianity and then explains why Christianity is wrong.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Christian Atheist

Author : Craig Groeschel
ISBN : 9780310327899
Genre : Religion
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Challenges Christians who profess to believing in God but continue to live as if they are in charge of their own lives to overcome their obstacles and strive for a more authentic relationship with God.
Category: Religion

Saving Casper

Author : Jim Henderson
ISBN : 9781414388977
Genre : Religion
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The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! An unlikely friendship began when former pastor Jim Henderson brought atheist Matt Casper with him to visit a series of churches and give his honest feedback on the services. Since then, Casper has spent a lot of time deeply engaging with Jim and other Christians. And the burning question on everyone’s minds is whether Casper has been saved. In Saving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper—people who’ve heard the gospel but still say no—so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don’t believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped—or hurt—their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he’s closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the “conversion conversation.”
Category: Religion

The Christian Atheist Participant S Guide

Author : Craig Groeschel
ISBN : 9780310692072
Genre : Religion
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In this six-session small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), pastor and author Craig Groeschel leads you and your group on a personal journey toward an authentic, God-honoring life. This honest, hard-hitting, and eye-opening look into the ways people believe in God but live as if he doesn’t exist is a classic in the making. You believe in God, attend church when it’s convenient, and you generally treat people with kindness. But, have you surrendered to God completely, living every day depending upon the Holy Spirit? In this small group bible study, Groeschel encourages you and your group to be more than just “Christian” in name, to be honest before God, and to break free of hypocrisy to live a more authentic, God-honoring life. Sessions include: When you Believe in God but Don’t Really Know Him When you Believe in God but Don’t Think He’s Fair When You Believe in God but Aren’t Sure He Loves You When You Believe in God but Trust More in Money When You Believe in God but Pursue Happiness at Any Cost When You Believe in God but Don’t Want to Go Overboard Designed for use with The Christian Atheist Video Study 9780310329794 (sold separately).
Category: Religion

Dear Brother Atheist

Author : David Alley
ISBN : 9781920780111
Genre : Science
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Why is a twenty-first century pastor writing to atheists a thousand years in the future? Will the world even survive that long, given the current climate change situation? Will people even still believe in God then and what does the future hold for Religion? How will technology affect spirituality? How will climate change impact planet Earth? How do physics and spirituality merge together? In this book sized letter, the author writes about a process underway in history that is hard for people to notice. He maintains that time will prove with increasing certainty the existence of God to all of Earth’s inhabitants, not all of whom will actually be living on Earth at that point. This letter is a time capsule aimed to appeal to the hearts of future doubters. Written based on the historic evidence of what will happen in the thousand years to come, it shows future atheists why the struggle is really one inside them. This letter will take you on a journey into the future, and also a journey into questioning why you do, or do not believe there is a God.
Category: Science

The Pastor The Atheist And The Unbeliever

Author : Jack Lourens
ISBN : 1530766222
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The year is 2029 and the world has moved forward. In the Middle East and North Africa a new, more moderate Islam is gaining ground, driven by a new force in the region. Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, seems to be in constant dispute with Muslims within its borders, and the attempt by the United States to bring jobs back to its shores has resulted in a severe downturn in global trade. Against this backdrop three notable figures emerge. One to lead the Muslim nations, one to lead the Christian right, as the voice of the Christian religion grows in America, and the Atheist whose voice struggles to be heard. Set against the backdrop of the 2032 Presidential election, the book foretells of a future that is not too many years distant.

An Atheist At Church

Author : George Standring
ISBN : WISC:89003343936
Genre : Atheism
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Category: Atheism

Hope After Faith

Author : Jerry DeWitt
ISBN : 9780306822506
Genre : Religion
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Atheism's leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century. Hope After Faith is his account of that journey. DeWitt was a pastor in the town of DeRidder, Louisiana, and was a fixture of the community. In private, however, he'd begun to question his faith. Late one night in May 2011, a member of his flock called seeking prayer for her brother who had been in a serious accident. As DeWitt searched for the right words to console her, speech failed him, and he found that the faith which once had formed the cornerstone of his life had finally crumbled to dust. When it became public knowledge that DeWitt was now an atheist, he found himself shunned by much of DeRidder's highly religious community, losing nearly everything he'd known. DeWitt's struggle for identity and meaning mirrors the one currently facing millions of people around the world. With both agnosticism and atheism entering the mainstream—one in five Americans now claim no religious affiliation, according to a recent study—the moment has arrived for a new atheist voice, one that is respectful of faith and religious traditions yet warmly embraces a life free of religion, finding not skepticism and cold doubt but rather profound meaning and hope. Hope After Faith is the story of one man's evolution toward a committed and considered atheism, one driven by humanism, a profound moral dimension, and a happiness and self-confidence obtained through living free of fear.
Category: Religion

Letter To An Atheist

Author : Michael Patrick Leahy Michael Patrick
ISBN : 9780979497407
Genre : Christian conservatism
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In this hard hitting and intellectually powerful response to Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation, Michael Patrick Leahy exposes the intellectual dishonesty behind Mr. Harris' brand of Christian bashing atheistic evangelism. Leahy points out in devastating detail the numerous factual misrepresentations in Mr. Harris' book (for instance, debunking Mr. Harris' outrageous claim that 50% of all Americans believe the universe is only 6,000 years old--the facts show the number is 18% at most), and dismantles the simplistic "solutions" proposed by Mr. Harris. Stop violence by ending all faith ? Easier to try to stop the ocean tides. Limit the rights of Christians to participate in the political process ? In the name of "justice" then, Harris would oppress Christians, creating a world wide second class of citizens. Follow the model of fascists in Europe in dealing with the threat of Islamic fundamentalism ? Even fellow atheist Christopher Hitchens calls such a solution repugnant. Seekers of the truth from all faiths should run, not walk, to their keyboard or local book store and purchase Michael Patrick Leahy's Letter to an Atheist. Reviews "Finally, a strong Christian voice addresses the intellectual dishonesty of atheistic evangelism" Christine Schaub, best selling author of The Longing Season, the story of John Newton and Amazing Grace "Michael Patrick Leahy skillfully debunks Harris' charge that serious Christians and Islamic radicals should be equally feared; He also exposes the bigotry and distortion typically shown by secularists when addressing Intelligent Design. More importantly, Leahy shows that Harris' proposed utopia, in which religion is caged and tamed by the secularists, hasalready been shown to produce a world that most do not care to inhabit." Ralph Seelke, Ph.D. Professor, Biology University of Wisconsin-Superior "Michael Patrick Leahy's book is a substantive critique of the work of Sam Harris in Letter to a Christian Nation. Leahy shows how wrong minded and frankly lopsided Harris' view of reality ends up being. Good intellectual stuff." Dr. Bob Harrington Lead Pastor of Harpeth Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee" "A must-read for Christians and non-Christians who truly seek the truth about the toughest long-standing issues confronting humanity. Mr. Leahy has used a logical, step-by-step, reasoned, and well-referenced approach to engage and refute an attack on Christian positions and principles. The material is well worth reading and debating. I was especially impressed by the defense of Christians' track record in opposing slavery. With the recent public attention to the life and contribution of William Wilberforce, this chapter could not be more timely." Reginald Finger, MD, MPH Independent medical researcher About the Author Michael Patrick Leahy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, and has an MBA from Stanford. His professional career has been in technology marketing. For more information about the author, go to his website at http: // .
Category: Christian conservatism

Atheism Of Brownson S Review

Author : Jeremiah O'Callaghan
Genre : Brownson's quarterly review
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From Atheist To Ambassador

Author : James R Hall II
ISBN : 9781490840901
Genre : Religion
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We've heard it said many times, "When life hands you a bunch of lemons, just make lemonade." My question would be, What if you don't have any sugar? On the outside he looked like just another little scrawny kid in the neighborhood who couldn't run as fast or keep up with the rest of the boys in their games. On the inside he had a dreadful disease that neither he nor his family fully understood, which one day would put him on a deathbed. On the outside, he looked like any other child playing in Sunday school and not giving his full attention when the preacher was preaching. On the inside of his mind were questions prompted by a picture being painted in front of him on a life-size canvas over the years-questions that would put his life on a journey from which few have safely returned. Little did he know, he had a Travel Agent, and his travel plans had already been booked from birth. They would take him places and let him experience things that he would later write about in a book called From Atheist to Ambassador. Come and travel with the author as he shows you how God took one who was hopeless and turned him into one who now preaches hope. From one who spent countless days racked in pain from a disease the doctors said could not be cured, to one who is healed from the disease and now lays hands on the sick and watches God heal them. What do you do when life gives you a bunch of lemons? You wait until God gives you honey from the Rock, and then you make a refreshing drink for all to enjoy.
Category: Religion

The Rise And Fall Of Faith

Author : Drew Bekius
ISBN : 9781634311113
Genre : Religion
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The story of religion in the twenty-first-century West has been defined, in part, by the stories of once-zealous pastors moving beyond their faith to embrace a life of reason. But too often and too quickly ardent believers dismiss such accounts as aberrations and fail to consider the real-life implications for those who make this transition. Atheists and other skeptics, meanwhile, struggle to understand what took these individuals so long to make such a journey—and why others aren't lining up more quickly to do the same. As a result, the questions posed by one side inevitably mirror those asked by the other. Why do believers trust in God the way they do? But what factors lead atheists to dismiss religious beliefs so easily? How can believers have faith in the face of known science and history? But what allows anyone to be so sure their beliefs are based in reality? What would it take for believers to stop believing in God? But what would it take for nonbelievers to start to believe? Drawing on the author's own story as a former evangelical pastor powerless to stop his turn to atheism, The Rise and Fall of Faith touches on these and other questions, inviting readers into a long-overdue conversation between Christians and atheists. While the aim of the book is to initiate this much-needed discussion, the author encourages all who care about the future of humanity to carry the dialogue forward—whether in the evaluation of our own inner thoughts, in the assumptions we make about the other side, or in how we work together in the pursuit of understanding and common ground as we navigate the world's ever-changing and increasingly challenging religious and cultural landscape.
Category: Religion