Friday, October 31, 2008

Book Review - Godless, by Dan Barker

Dan Barker is a well-known figure in the freethinkers community and his new book Godless provides a broad, accessible overview of his struggle out of fundamentalist dogma and into rational freethought.

Beginning with a recounting of his early life as a Christian evangelist/music minister, Barker honestly details his initial doubts about the religion he preached, finally ending with an open declaration of atheism. Next he explores the major arguments for the existence of God and the logical problems with each of them. Barker keeps the argument accessible for the average reader; those wanting a deeper exploration of the philosophical arguments can find plenty elsewhere. Next, Barker highlights his achievements and adventures as your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist, taking his message of free thought and skepticism around the world. Finally, Barker gets very personal detailing the near-death of his wife and new-born baby, and how they were able to struggle through a terrifying time without relying on a deity.

Overall, this is a well-rounded survey of a life well lived. Congratulations, Dan Barker. 

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