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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.

©2013 Seth Andrews (P)2013 Seth Andrews

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but his rant centers on The Bible, written by men, and Christianity, and organized religion, invented by men. Fine, but as is often overlooked, God may be something beyond the scope of our limited imagination and understanding, should there be a Supreme Mover Creator. To dismiss "God" is not deep thinking. To dismiss the probability of truth behind organized religion and The Bible is another. Call me agnostic.

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Confessions of a Christian Apostate!

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.

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Seth has a very engaging voice!

What made the experience of listening to Deconverted the most enjoyable?

Seth's voice keeps you interested. He know exactly how to keep an audience interested.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Seth

What does Seth Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice, his excitement, his passion.

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

Yes

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  • Anatoli
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Fascinating

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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?

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Excellent story!

Nobody tells it better than Seth Andrews. He keeps your attention, and Seth is very relatable to just about everyone.

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Could not stop listening!

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.

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A quick guide to reason.

What did you love best about Deconverted?

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'.

Which scene was your favorite?

The litany of bible atrocities.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A lot of laughs, facepalms, sighs and 'amen's!

Any additional comments?

Can you 'read' this, comprehend it, study its references and still believe?

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The Voice

I am so grateful that Seth took the time to narrate his book. It is so much more meaningful for me being able to hear it in his own words.
He is an amazing person, with a thought provoking, and often therapeutic channel to listen to on YouTube. Being a closeted Atheist is a lonely journey, but having voices of reason to listen to, especially Seth's, reminds you that you're not alone, and that there are still voices of sanity in the world. I'm so grateful that he shared his journey thus far with the world.

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Finally, someone who understands!!

What made the experience of listening to Deconverted the most enjoyable?

The audio format, which simply brings this story to vivid life and makes me feel like I'm listening to a friend's story whom I can absolutely relate to. This book made me feel less alone in my own doubts and questions, like maybe I'm not the crazy one after all.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the author was 100% in the Christian world, grew up in it, was surrounded in it, had dedicated his life to the furtherance of the gospel, etc. This is not simply a story about someone who just had doubts about religion in general and decided nonchalantly it wasn't for him. No, this person was fully immersed in Christianity and truly believed in it. I totally relate to this in my own journey, and I feel that people like Seth and I are often judged much more harshly than others because we WERE the insiders for so long in our lives.

What about Seth Andrews’s performance did you like?

He is a charismatic vocalist. At the risk of sounding redundant, he is a skilled communicator and makes this feel like a candid conversation. And honestly, I don't feel that it even was a performance; this was him communicating something from his heart.

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

It's OK to explore the world of Non-Christianity?

Any additional comments?

I found Seth's podcast channel "The Thinking Athiest" on youtube a couple of weeks ago and am loving and eating it up. It feels like for the first time, I am having my genuine, sincere, and unfortunately-conceived doubts validated. I am not an atheist at this point which is admittedly mostly due to fear and habit, and I may never become one. But I am almost surely an agnostic, and hearing someone else have the same specific doubts about everything we've been taught since birth, and have the same reactions and thoughts when events happen in this world, has been immensely comforting to me through this difficult time. I strongly recommend his material, especially to someone who is new to this whole doing-something-about-my-doubt game.

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Eye opening

Many of his experiences hit home for me. I grew up in a “bible believing” Pentecostal church. We listened to that awful CCM music as well. I gave my life to the lord at the age of 5. Then I backslid in my teens and early 20’s but rededicated my life in 2001. I got into ministry pretty heavily, even became a youth leader. I the Holy Spirit experiences