And then Noah loaded the dinosaurs onto the ark.
Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Every day, impressionable young minds are conditioned to blindly accept wild biblical tales of floating zoos, talking shrubbery, 900-year-old humans, the undead, curses, levitation, demon/human hybrids and men who obtain super-human strength from the length of their hair. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded. Curiosity is muted. Doubt is frowned upon as a sin. And for those who dare to raise a dissenting hand, the threat of Hell looms ominously. A former religious radio host raised in the cradle of Christianity, Seth Andrews battled his own doubts for many years. His attempts to reconcile faith and the facts led him to a conclusion previously unthinkable, and this once-true believer ultimately became the founder of one of the most popular atheist communities on the internet.
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What a great read! After purchasing the audio book, I decided to also order the physical book from Amazon. I would recommend either (or both). The performance, by the author himself, is smooth and pleasant to listen to. You get more of a sense of his personality from listening to him. I wanted the physical book to be able to highlight and make reference to some of the excellent examples and information he gives in the early chapters.
Deconverted is an excellent blend of reason, historical and scientific facts, information, humor, and personal recollections. Great book for anyone, but especially "new" atheists, agnostics, humanists, and free thinkers. I especially love that Seth Andrews is such a positive, fair, and open-minded atheist spokesperson. Thank you, Seth, for being a voice for so many of us.
I may, simply because of the author's presentation. He is a skilled broadcaster which made this book a joy to listen too.
The authors perspective, and several asides not included in the print edition.
Probably not, just a bit too long, unless you are driving or flying cross country.
I am continually searching for skeptic literature in audio form from Audible. This was a fun listen, and it is always great to hear from others that are nearly at the same point in their journey, but there is not much here to further the atheist perspective or arguments beyond Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Stenger, Barker, Ingersol, and the other heavy weights of the genre. I recommend Seth's offering more for entertainment which can be a welcome diversion from the task of drafting your personal argument.
Tell us about yourself!
I must preface this review by first saying that I have been following Seth Andrews on The Thinking Atheist Podcast for a couple years. Seth's own journey, as set out in this book, covers many of the same feelings and thoughts that I also experienced in my journey from religiousity to atheism. I am thankful to Seth and his efforts, thru the Thinking Atheist Podcasts, for helping me on my journey. Seth has relay the basis of his deconversion story many times on the podcast. This book, however, gives us a much more detailed and personal insight into that experience.
I highly recommend this book to theist, skeptic, agnostic, and athiest alike. It will hopefully, get you thinking - which has always been the whole point of The Thinking Atheist.
The Audible version of this book is awesomel. Anyone who has followed the podcast, will quickly come to feel right at home as Seth narrates the book in the same casual, familiar, and humorous way as the podcasts.
This is an excellent companion to the written version.
Seth is a voice of reason anyone on a spiritual journey should listen to.
"Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."
I think this version is better because it is actually read by the author who on top of being a radio broadcaster makes you feel like he is having a conversation with you. It is very entertaining.
He makes you feel like he is sitting across from you at a table enjoying a cup of joe and telling you about his life.
I have met Seth once and he is one of the nicest most kind individuals I have every had the pleasure of sharing company with. Everyone should take some time to read this book, religious or not.
Heartfelt, genuine & insightful.
"Letting go of God" by Julia Sweeney.
Seth is very personal. His read feels like a one on one conversation & draws you in.
Assume Nothing. Question Everything. Open Your Eyes. Challenge the Opposition & Start Thinking...
I was really looking forward to this audiobook. It did not disappoint. Seth wrote a wonderful book about his transition from Christian to Atheist. One that many of us can relate to.
Faith, doubt, reason
I personally enjoyed all the examples of how the bible just doesn't make any sense, especially when it comes to the so-called morality of God.
Seth has an awesome voice and a great talent for telling stories. Listening to him reading his own words is pure pleasure.
A leader in faith becomes a follower of reason.
After listening to it, I just wanna grab a hard copy of it as well!
Anyone expensing doubts about their religion should listen to this. I never experienced hard core indoctrination and of the indoctrination I have, I have only done so at the hands of my grand and grand grand parents. I had become an atheist long before my 18th birthday this was long before Mr Dawkins, The God Delusion. I found this look at an early life of of someone in a strongly religious family and the De-conversion is truly FASCINATING.
On the over note Seth um can you narrate some over books ........ please?
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.
Real and funny
He is the author and it feels like I am listening to him tell me a story not read a book
It was like taking a breath of fresh air after trudging through smog all my life. To hear a man talk about his losing faith and finding reason without being a jerk about it, made me feel great. This is a great book.
This wasn't your typical dry audiobook. It was narrated with warmth and enthusiasm just like Seth's podcasts!
I haven't read another book like Seth's but I also enjoyed Richard Dawkins God Delusion.
I enjoyed listening to the journey of Seth deconversion and how he found his experience.
The book made me hopeful that there people out there with similar ideas about life as myself.
I very much enjoyed Seth story and would strongly recommend this book to any atheist, agnostic, or religious person.
"Like listening to the radio show"
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I've followed Seth on the Blogtalk radio for a while and heard snippets of his journey. This book is his story showing the entanglement that can happen when growing up and living in a highly religious region and then wanting to walk away from the beliefs of that world.
Seth is a professional radio presenter and it shows! This was a delight to listen to as it all feels like it's just one long improv radio session. It doesn't feel like you're being 'read' to, more that you're the silent partner of a conversation.
You won't find scientific explanations for evolution and it is not an atheist's apologetic. It is a personal story, read by the person involved, who moved from faith to reason and the consequences of following through on this new world view.
"A fascinating listen"
This is a very interesting book. It follows the journey of Seth Andrews, a dyed in the wool Christian in the heart of the Bible belt. He has gone from Religious Broadcaster to starting up The Thinking Atheist website and podcast. This book demonstrates the difficulties one can have when leaving their faith behind in favor of reason. It was not an easy journey. Not just coming to the realization that everything you believed in as being wrong, but coping with the reactions of those closest to you. Some atheists can be quite denegrating of religious people, but Seth know there are a great many religious people who are wonderful people, who would be "the first to run into a burning building to get you out". He is however, very scathing of the indoctrination of children before they are able to think for themselves and the attempts by some in the religious community to impose their beliefs in places they don't belong (the science classroom being just one of them).
Being from a broadcasting background, there was only ever one choice for the job of narrating this story and Seth has been able to add a real passion to his writing by reading it himself.
An excellent book and an excellent listen.
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