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Town & Country, MO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor's Journey from Belief to Atheism

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jerry DeWitt
    • Narrated By Jerry DeWitt

    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.

    Gary says: "More much than an autobiography."
    "Self-adsorption gone wild"
    What disappointed you about Hope After Faith?

    You may find rating contradictory: this guy is insufferable (whether Christian or Atheist). While autobiography is always about self I couldn't help noticing that as long as he got what HE wanted everyone else could take a hike--especially the long-suffering wife. Now he's started an atheist church. Sorry bub not for me. I don't need any church to understand that life is a precious gift and I will make the most of it. No need for this guy's grasping, needy and egomaniacal self.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Jerry DeWitt’s performances?


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alex Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We can’t avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life—and the nature of reality. But science is the only means of answering them. So declares philosopher Alex Rosenberg in this bracing, surprisingly sanguine take on a world without god. The science that makes us nonbelievers, he demonstrates, tells us the nature of reality, the purpose of everything, the difference between right and wrong, how the mind works, even the direction of human history.

    Gary says: "The Purposeless driven life and world"
    "All enightened are Democrats?"
    Would you try another book from Alex Rosenberg and/or Ax Norman?

    No to author. OK with narrator but seemed there were a number of mispronounced words.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Found some of it confusing and of course all of gods children (according to most thought leaders of this movement) are Democrats. They just can't help giving grief to Thatcher and Republicans. Author should have checked out how much the average Brit's life improved under this doltish and unenlightened regime.

    He also misstates and misrepresents University of Chicago economics. Friedman really is saying the market should decide because these cumulative decisions represent the optimal way for more and more humans to gain a better life. Angels in the government who launder our money and take a cut may not be as angelic as they purport as their pure motives.

    Was The Atheist's Guide to Reality worth the listening time?

    Yes but less than I'd hoped.

    Any additional comments?

    It's possible religion is bred into us. Most of the guys who write this stuff talk about how goofy religion can be. True enough. Seemingly, none of them ever seem to question man made global warming or cooling or whatever they now call it as the biggest hoax since Saul had heat stroke on the road to Damascus and became Paul.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"

    Extraordinarily funny and touching moments overwhelmed by all-too-much incivility. I understand it's his schtick and all that--but wish he could have cut out what seemed to me massively gratuitous swearing. I expect more of fellow libertarian atheists. He'd probably say "go **** yourself" which is his right. Nonetheless, it added nothing to the stories except to get the word count up.

    21 of 31 people found this review helpful

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