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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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?
Seth has a gift. He is a wonder narrator and brings an engaging, interesting, thought provoking audio book for the world to read. This book, although only four ish hours long, (I didn't want it to end).. is very informative and perfectly balanced, easy to listen too, and brings to light how The Thinking Atheist came to be. Religious people take heed: The internet is the new god. Your beliefs are eventually too fade, and science will, eventually, take over as the truth that it is. Seth Andrews is going to help change the world.
Do you believe? Did you believe? Do you have questions? This book is a firecracker in the middle of a sleeping flock, a shot in the arm of 'new' atheism. Accessible and comprehensive, entertaining and informative, fun and sincere, Seth's book yells 'Wake up and smell the cheese people'.
The litany of bible atrocities.
A lot of laughs, facepalms, sighs and 'amen's!
Can you 'read' this, comprehend it, study its references and still believe?
I've recently begun questioning Christianity. Seth's book really helped verify questions that I had. I didn't have a life anything like Seth's, but I was still able to relate his experiences to my own.
This hit so close to home I listened to the entire book in one sitting. The story is well written and the performance is top notch. I used to listen to Seth on his KXOJ radio show and to hear about his transformation in this book just made me smile. I would recommend this book to any Christian who has doubts about their faith or to any new atheist as a good intro.
I loved this book! I am a fan of Seth Andrews from his podcasts & the book only enhances my progress through my own deconversion. Thanks again Seth for all that you do😄
Delivered with facts, wit and humour that is hard to fault. especially when it is amalgamated with quotes from legends like Dan Barker, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Seth Andrews presents a perfect composite of the 21st century story of man's journey from myth to reason.
"Testimony to reason and common sense"
Honest and true story about how the author went from faith to reason.Loved every chapter
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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