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  • Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists | Dan Barker,Richard Dawkins - foreword

    Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins - foreword
    • Narrated By Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins
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    Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.

    B. Bobberstein says: "It's Never Too Late To Embrace Reason"
  • God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction | Dan Barker

    God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dan Barker
    • Narrated By Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Buzz Kemper
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    Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives.

    Kristin says: "Amazing."
  • Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I: The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 2 | David Fitzgerald

    Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I: The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald, David Smalley
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    David Fitzgerald's award-winning 2010 book, Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All, pointed out the top 10 fatal flaws of Christianity's origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus myth theory, critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars and the extent and reliability of our sources for Jesus, and reveals the surprising history behind Jesus' evolution.

    Rob says: "Fascinating deep dive"
  • A Manual for Creating Atheists | Peter Boghossian

    A Manual for Creating Atheists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter Boghossian
    • Narrated By Peter Boghossian
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    For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

    Paul says: "The first atheist missionary"
  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism | Aron Ra

    Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Aron Ra
    • Narrated By Aron Ra
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    Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

    Ms. Gray says: "A fantastic listen!"
  • On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt | Richard Carrier

    On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical, and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus. Historian and philosopher Richard Carrier reexamines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct.

    Mark says: "Academia alert"
  • God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion | Victor J. Stenger

    God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor J. Stenger
    • Narrated By David Smalley, Dan Barker
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    It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and proceeds through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a convincing case that not only is this conclusion false, but Christianity actually held back the progress of science for 1,000 years.

    S. Tupper says: "Smalley Guts Another One"
  • God - the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist | Victor J. Stenger

    God - the Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Victor J. Stenger
    • Narrated By David Smalley
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    Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a supreme being, which much of humanity worships as the source of all reality.

    G says: "Can't get enuf scientific facts!"
  • Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith | J. Anderson Thomson,Clare Aukofer

    Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. Anderson Thomson, Clare Aukofer
    • Narrated By Clare Aukofer, Richard Dawkins, J. Anderson Thomson Jr. MD
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    In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, offers a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes of religious belief in the same way any scientist would investigate the movement of astronomical bodies.

    Bret D. McIntyre says: "Cuts to the Quick"
  • Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith | Richard Carrier

    Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    Dr. Richard Carrier, world-renowned philosopher and historian, explains the four reasons he does not accept the Christian religion, describing four facts of the world that, had they been different, he would believe. Those four reasons are God's silence, God's inaction, the lack of evidence, and the way the universe looks exactly like a godless universe would, and not at all like a Christian universe would, even down to its very structure. Dr. Carrier addresses all the usual replies to these claims.

    Glorianne says: "Logical, clear analysis"
  • Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier 1995-2013 | Richard Carrier

    Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier 1995-2013

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    Richard Carrier, Ph.D., philosopher, historian, blogger, has published a number of papers in the field of ancient history and biblical studies. He has also written several books and chapters on diverse subjects, and has been blogging and speaking since 2006. He is known the world over for all the above. But here, together for the first time, are all of Dr. Carrier's peer reviewed academic journal articles in history through the year 2013, collected with his best magazine articles, research papers, and blog posts on the same subjects.

    Matthew says: "As advertised..."
  • Not the Impossible Faith | Richard Carrier

    Not the Impossible Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    Written with occasional humor and an easy style, and thoroughly referenced, with many entertaining "gotcha!" moments, Not the Impossible Faith is a must-listen for anyone interested in the origins of Christianity. Richard Carrier, PhD, is an expert in the history of the ancient world and a critic of Christian attempts to distort history in defense of their faith.

    Nathanael says: "Excellent critique"
  • Science Education in the Early Roman Empire | Richard Carrier

    Science Education in the Early Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    Throughout the Roman Empire cities held public speeches and lectures, had libraries, and teachers and professors in the sciences and the humanities, some subsidized by the state. There even existed something equivalent to universities, and medical and engineering schools. What were they like? What did they teach? Who got to attend them? In the first treatment of this subject ever published, Dr. Richard Carrier answers all these questions and more.

    Leslie RP says: "Interesting"
  • Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind | Daniel C. Dennett,Linda LaScola

    Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Dennett, Linda LaScola
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Linda LaScola
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    What is it like to be a preacher or rabbi who no longer believes in God? In this expanded and updated edition of their groundbreaking study, Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face in the new transparency of the information age - the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach.

    Ron Phipps says: "Inspiring stories "
  • Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity: Revised & Expanded | John W. Loftus

    Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity: Revised & Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John W. Loftus
    • Narrated By Buzz Kemper
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    In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, the author carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The original edition of this book was published in 2006 and reissued in 2008. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. In this revised and expanded edition, the author addresses criticisms of the original, adds new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation.

    Stephen Hoag says: "Enjoyable, but annoying"
  • Beyond Born Again: Toward Evangelical Maturity | Robert M. Price

    Beyond Born Again: Toward Evangelical Maturity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert M. Price
    • Narrated By Robert M. Price
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    In this critique of modern evangelicals, theologian and writer Robert M. Price outlines several of the difficulties to be found in traditional evangelical apologetics, such as the evangelical defense of the historical reliability of the gospels, the resurrection of Jesus, and the claims of Jesus to be divine. He concludes by outlining some possible directions for the future of evangelistic thought.

  • Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus | Richard Carrier

    Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
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    This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes's Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods - not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study - can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes's Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned.

    carl801 says: "No leap of faith required"
  • The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought | Susan Jacoby

    The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought

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    • By Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated By Rich Miller
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    A biography that restores America's foremost 19th-century champion of reason and secularism to our still contested 21st-century public square. During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America's enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as "the Great Agnostic". The nation's most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a vigor unmatched since America's revolutionary generation.

    tony says: "Marvelous"
  • Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning | Dan Barker

    Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Barker
    • Narrated By Daniel C. Dennett, Dan Barker
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    For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables and mobile devices, all communicating this common message: Life is meaningless without God. Former pastor Dan Barker eloquently, powerfully, and rationally upends this long-held belief.

    Gary says: "Purpose starts with us not outside of us"
  • Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism | Susan Jacoby

    Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated By Rich Miller
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    At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby traces more than 200 years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution.

    Clark Savage,Jr. says: "Essential history of free thought in America"
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