he ook is ivided into four sections: his life as a believer; his loss of faith; more detailed reasons for rejecting Christianity; his present work for the Freedom From Religion Foundation ( FFRF) .His faith didn ’ t disappear overnight, and I wil never identify with the gony of the period where he felt so hypocritical.
The faith was private, but ‘ baggage ’ was public and, in al ays, was more ‘ psychologically sticky ’ .Once he had vowed to ‘ come out ’ as an atheist and resign his Christian employment, he sent out over 50 letters to people just to inform them of the change.
You shal be rejecting your faith because: you dislike authority; or, you wish to live a inful life; or, you like stiring up trouble; or, you are arrogant; or, you have been badly hurt by Christians; or, you are confiden that your prayers haven ’ t been answered; or, you re an angry person; or, you have been cheated by scientists; or, you don ’ t feel the meaning of love; or, you ever ha a real Christian in the first place.Whatever the truth, or falsehood of those tatements, Barker makes the telling point that they re all addressed at attacking the person, and yet one of them seriously tries to understand or et to gri with the reasons he gave for no longer believing in the bible or the od of the ible.
I actually have shared the same feelin of disappointment and frustration at the insistenc of believers to engage in debate using reason and fact to consider claims of truth.At this point, nove trul started to ake off for me.
And if numbers validates truth, what about the illions of eople who wan in religions that are opposed to Christianity ( Islam and Judaism, for xample) .Personal experience doesn ’ t rove anything.
Saying: “ It ust be true because I have experienced it! ” can easily by countered by: “ I have had an experience that proves that it isn ’ t true! ” As a believer I often used the books of Josh McDowell to argue the case for Christianity, especially on the historicity of Jesus, and on the proofs of the Resurrection.
This historical Jesus is far ore a shadowy figure than evangelicals would have us believe.Barker also shows that the resurrection narratives are contradictory and inconsistent.