As a loyal listener of the Thinking Atheist podcast, I tune in every week for Seth Andrews' calm but compassionate commentaries. He can be funny without being juvenile and biting without being angry. Regular listeners will know many of the "plot points" ahead of time, but "Deconverted" puts the story in a more linear, complete form. This book isn't intended as a straight memoir; there's plenty of space for the listener to fill in their own experience and connect. While some may feel he's holding back a bit, his main purpose is to engage the listener. This is a story, not a lecture. It also works as a very perceptive polemic from a "rugular guy" whose personal journey led him to seek knowledge beyond what made him feel good. He's looking for objective truth, not revealed wisdom.
For the podcast audience, this book offers a peek behind the curtain to how he got started and where he thinks the path could lead. I now have a richer understanding what the Thinking Atheist is all about.
Andrews spent many years as a professional radio broadcaster and it shows. He has that deep, syrupy tone of voice that instantly makes you pay attention. He knows his voice is an instrument and he plays it well.
"In a time of chaos...in a world of fear...one man stood up and started thinking!"
If you've never heard the podcast but were just curious, this world be a greeat introduction, although the podcast would be less expensive. If you're a Christian of moderate belief, you may find yourself actually identifying with Seth. If you're already an atheist, whether you've had a relious background or not, This book proves that you don't have to be a scientist or philosopher to make a solid case for reason and critical observation. The internet may be full of ridiculous ideas, but it also makes it easier to root out verifiable information and connect with others who have come to the same conclusion. Atheists used to be pretty lonely, but thanks to people like Seth, that's starting to change.
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