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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Having never heard of Seth Andrews before, I was pulled in by his broadcast quality voice and his open, supportive approach to his subject. Too often atheists are abrasive and derisive about believers. Mr. Andrews is respectful, cordial, and has a wonderful voice. His history in radio production comes through in the quality of this work.
Like Mr. Andrews I am not a scientist. This work was extremely accessible to me; it was easy to wrap my head around the logic he presents. While there are certainly arguments to support his thesis, this work is more of a memoir about Andrews' own journey from Christianity to Atheism.
Along the way he also introduces and plugs his own on-line presence. Even this is done respectfully; he does not make the mistake of turning into an advertisement. He lets the reader know that becoming an Atheist is not easy, but there is a community of unbelievers who have been there as well.
What impressed me most about this work is the lack of profanity, and the respect that Andrews gives to Christians; he does not vilify and belittle them. I found that very refreshing.
A good story about going from Christianity to Atheism. Author tells it in a very entertaining way. NIce starting point, but if you wish to find new arguments, a get a fresh view on the subject, you might need some other book.
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.
I liked the Bible references used to point out the inconsistent messages.
Great voice for this
Never read the printed version but the audio was done very well. Kept my interest throughout and was often funny.
First book I have read of it's kind so I can't compare.
I actually enjoyed the whole book. I do wish he had dealt even further into what had made him change his mind having been so indoctrinated for so many years.
Not really. I have been an atheists since 13years old and have my own reason for why I am. However I have often wondered if someone who had been so involved in their religion as he apparently was, could change their beliefs and become an atheists.
Well worth the credit. In fact I plan on buying the book so I can refer to it when needed.
No the author never touches on any genuine issue. It is pop culture-hype only.
No just this author, read Susan Jacoby.
That's all it was a performance a no brainer.
The author who was the narrator.
The author needs to be serious aboout why he changed from believer to non-believer. This book is just pulp.
I'm a Christian with an interest in apologetics. A year or so ago, I started looking into the Atheist worldview. I've listened to his podcast, The Thinking Atheist, and wanted to give his book a read, for research purposes. I'm not impressed at all.
He bases his "de-conversion" on poor reasoning and a distorted idea of what Christianity actually is. While Seth is a gifted narrator (from his background in radio), he nonetheless blasphemes the God who made him.
I would not waste my money on another book. His arguments don't really offer anything new.
This book didn't make me angry, rather sad that Seth didn't have a better Christian foundation before he started questioning his faith. It's easy to fall away from a shallow, superficial version of Christianity. As he says in the beginning, "[He] was never really saved." But I pray God would draw Seth to Himself and grant him repentance and faith in Christ.
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