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Baptized Atheist | [David Smalley, David Eller]

Baptized Atheist

"As a firm believer, I began having doubts. Doubts about faith, and doubts about believers not asking questions. I embarked on a journey to get closer to God. Perhaps I became too close. What I saw changed my life forever."
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"As a firm believer, I began having doubts. Doubts about faith, and doubts about believers not asking questions. I embarked on a journey to get closer to God. Perhaps I became too close. What I saw changed my life forever."

This new audio version comes with a few extras and the author's rants.

©2010 David C. Smalley (P)2012 David C. Smalley

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    Cora Judd California 02-19-13
    Cora Judd California 02-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A book for when the question is fresh..."

    If a reader is familiar and comfortable with Ehrman, Dawkins, Onfray, Harris, Shermer, etc., "Baptized Atheist' would be a step backward.

    It seems most appropriate for the reader for whom the validity of religion is a new, and still somewhat threatening, question. The author examines the truth of religion in general (and Christianity specifically) through the lens of his personal experience of becoming atheist. That his experience seems very similar to what most people endure makes this a potentially useful book for someone ready to explore the idea that his or her church is not a perfect source of truth and morality. There are a few inconsistencies, mispronunciations, and just a little hubris (at 19, the author claims to have stumped a veteran theology professor with his insights).

    Overall, it's a good first exposure to the manufactured nature of Christianity.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart auckland, New Zealand 08-13-12
    Stuart auckland, New Zealand 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Easy read, with compelling content."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Baptized Atheist to be better than the print version?

    I have read a lot of books like this, as I have been on the same journey as the author, and gone through the same difficulties and challenges, and found the same light at the end of the tunnel, so reviewing it is somewhat biased as I found myself nodding and agreeing all the way.

    It's an easy read, and delivered in a less aggressive and less frmal way that many others, and I enjoyed that. Sometimes these books are too apologetic (e.g. Why I believed) and sometimes to critical to put people off (e.g. God is Not Great or The God Delusion) and I found this had a good balance between both sides.

    Thanks for writing this and getting it off your chest in a compelling and real way.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donovan Baker TX USA 06-12-12
    Donovan Baker TX USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Journey About Religion That Everyone Can Take!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is giving you a chance to view a journey of research and thought provoking questions on religion. This is great, because you won't have to take those years out of your life to get the same answers whether you agree or not with the outcomes. I liked it so much, I bought the paperback as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part was during a debate in a church and asked a the room full of people what can a god see? He then tells a story that will effect you in ways each person may experience differently. It has changed how I see the world.

    Plus, there is one other part I have to mention. He discusses an analogy of religion that I have not heard of before, but is amazingly accurate. It is about a "Coin in the Field." That really hit home for me. Even my friends were impressed with this idea when we discussed it at a lunch today.


    What about David C. Smalley???s performance did you like?

    He is a sincere and caring person. You want to befriend him wether you agree with what he is saying or not. He speaks to everyone with great courteousness and respect. I found that it makes me want to treat people better if I am ever in these situations again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is one journey, you won't have to take alone.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually get moved by a book in a way that makes me want to evaluate who I really am and make changes for the better right now. This one did that for me. I am grateful and I plan on living everyday of my life with more urgency and respect for others.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 05-15-14
    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 05-15-14 Member Since 2013

    When commuting to and from work about 2 hours daily, and while doing the more basic functions of my job, a good audiobook provides the pace.

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    "Another solid coming out of religion story"
    What does David C. Smalley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always enjoy when an author reads they're own book, you feel like the words are getting the proper emphasis, that may be missed by another. The beginning of this story reminds me much of my own, though I do not publicly debate, and have yet to find or create an organization that may benefit from my specific skill set to benefit skepticism and disillusionment with religions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Drummer to Debater - Finding reality through submersion in woo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kenneth san Antonio, TX, United States 03-06-14
    kenneth san Antonio, TX, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Its a story that most non believers can relate to."
    What did you love best about Baptized Atheist?

    The way the author gave his story in the order that he lived it was greatly appreciated. It allowed me to feel as if I was a part of the journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Baptized Atheist?

    The fact that Smalley gave his religion every chance a reasonable person could to provide demonstrable proof to the existance of the god of the bible conveys a true search for the truth that many people take for granted. He did not blindly accept nor deny the biblical god, he searched with an open and earnest mind.


    Which character – as performed by David C. Smalley – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the change in inflection given while showing a dialect was happening or when he wasn't speaking to the audience directly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book I did listen to in one sitting. David Smalley's voice is welcoming and allows the listener to enjoy the story without requiring a break like one would need in a lecture type environment.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend any books read by the people at Dogma Debate, LLC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken United States 10-05-13
    Ken United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Should be required reading before every baptism!"
    What did you love best about Baptized Atheist?

    its fun informative and relatable nature


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so informative and eye opening


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Genisis


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book. what a great choice it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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