Emancipation of a Black Atheist

Narrated by: Juan Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.4 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Great journeys often start with a single question. For D. K. Evans, a newly married professional in the Christian-dominated South, that question was, “Why Do I Believe in God?” That simple query led him on a years-long search to better understand the nature of religion and faith, particularly as it applies to the Black community. While many taking such a journey today might immerse themselves in the writing of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, Evans took inspiration not only from John Henrik Clarke, Yosef-Ben Jochannan, Hubert Harrison, and John G. Jackson, champions of a rich Black tradition of challenging religious orthodoxy, but also from many others in his own community who had similarly come to question their core religious beliefs. While this journey eventually led him to discount the notion of God, he calls on all to ask their own questions, particularly those within the Black community who act on blind faith. While their own journey might not lead to his truth, he acknowledges, that is the only way they will ever emancipate themselves from the truths thrust on them by others and arrive at their most important truth - their own.

©2017 D. K. Evans, PhD (P)2018 Pitchstone Publishing

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Wonderful book with a very odd reading

I loved having a book on atheism that was not focused on calling theists fools and other names, simply based more personal experiences and studies. My only faults we're with the narrator. He has a very odd cadence about his reading, as well as odd enunciation and pronunciations in quite a few areas. Made it weird going through it.

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Calling for coexistence

I found it refreshing that a book centered around Atheism has an informative tone instead of arrogant and condescending as most have. I feel that even a person of faith could appreciate the author's approach to the subject.

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beautiful

this book is a reflection of my life as a atheist. every view point and so many ideas just better spoken

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learn all you can!!

It was an interesting listen hearing a different point of view. We should always be open to learning other sides.

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I'm sure it's a better read than listen

I had to listen a few times because the performance was pretty bad. great book though with a few strong points articulated so effortlessly that they might go underappreciated. Compares well some of the heavyweights in the atheist authorship business and with a special perspective.

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OK Listen that was RUINED by the Narrator

I have to begin this review by stating that this book was very hard to listen to because of who was chosen to read the book. I mean...it was HORRIBLE to get through! The narrator kept smacking his lips like he was eating, swallowing loud, and speaking as if he has a throat lozenge in his mouth the entire time. I honestly tried to get through this book in one sitting, but could not. So, imagine my horror when I had to "pick up where I left off" the next day. I had to try to get through it again, but couldn't! I think I will order the physical copy because honestly, my review here is just on the narrator. It makes reading dull and awkward. His voice rises in sections lower in some, and sentences magically morph and run together. On another note, I respect the author's journey. I did differ in some regards, but we all have our own journey. I do respect that he did incorporate sources into this book and not just base everything off of his opinions. I do think that the author needs to read some ancient text since some things were not accurately stated. Such as Genesis not having a beginning. It doesn't in the Bible that Christians read, but it does have a beginning in The Book of Adam and Eve which is in the Lost Books of the Bible. But, then that brings up another topic: Adam and Eve. Did they exist or not? You see where I am going with this. You go down a rabbit hole. I also see the point of pointing out homosexuality. He beat this dead horse until it was pulp in the ground. We hear you. We get it. It seemed every argument somehow made it back around to gay marriage/rights.

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He Answered So Many of My Questions

This was my second book about atheism and the black community. I have learned more reading this and the other book, than my 30 years in the church. I am being to understand the questions I've been thinking. The author is basically telling my life on the path to deconversion.

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Highly Recommended!

Wow! This book will challenge you to question why you believe what you believe, regardless of your belief system. DK Evans delicately makes his case that God does not exist in a non emotional, scientific, socratic method. There are so many intriguing layers to this book! I'm amazed at how he uses scripture, history, and science throughout the book to disprove the case for christ. This book also shed a light on the history and current role christianity plays in the black community as well as suggestions for how to improve that role and other issues within the black community. He also addresses the fact that so many believers have no clue what's really in the bible they proclaim to believe in. What I like most about the book is that DK Evans promotes unity, understanding, tolerance, and communication with respect to our differences. He also promotes open and honest dialog about seeking our own truth and not being afraid to live that truth. As a believer in Christ, I encourage other believers to challenge themselves by reading this book and to truly ask themselves why do they believe what they believe.

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amazing read!

I enjoy reading this book and will reread again to further my own understanding not just in this author's truth but to my own questions in my own truth as a open free thinker not bound by religious ties but curious in the ways other view God and reality. A very informative read worth reading