Saturday, January 28, 2012

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

"Valuable in the human story are the reflections of intelligent and ethical people who listen to the voice of reason and who allow it to vanquish bigotry and superstition. This book is a classic example."
—Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great

"The most eloquent witness of internal delusion that I know—a triumphantly smiling refugee from the zany, surreal world of American fundamentalist Protestantism—is Dan Barker."
—Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion

After 19 years as an evangelical preacher, missionary, and Christian songwriter, Dan Barker 'threw out the bathwater and discovered there is no baby there.' Barker, who is now co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (America's largest organization of atheists and agnostics), describes the intellectual and psychological path he followed in moving from fundamentalism to freethought. The four sections in Godless--Rejecting God, Why I Am An Atheist, What's Wrong With Christianity, and Life is Good!--include chapters on bible problems, the historicity of Jesus, morality, the Kalam Cosmological argument, the unbelievable resurrection, and much more. Barker relates the positive benefits from trusting in reason and human kindness instead of living in fear of false judgment and moral condemnation. FFRF

PS Thanks to Rodney for the links.

File size: 1 MB
Format: epub/mobi

Friday, January 27, 2012

Letting Go of God - Julia Sweeney

 In this single live performance which was recorded at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York City, American actress Julia Sweeney tells her path out of religion and how she became a more skeptical person and an atheist in humorous monologue format.

I had posted the audiobook version of the show here.

File Name ..........: Julia Sweeney - Letting Go Of God.avi
Total Size (MB) ....: 1.807,42 MB
Video Length .......: 02:10:10

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Statesman - 19 December 2011-01 January 2012 (Christmas Double Issue)

2011 New Statesman Christmas special is guest-edited by Richard Dawkins. The issue also includes the Dawkins' interview with Christopher Hitchens. The other contributers of this issue are Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Philip Pullman, Carolyn Porco and Maryam Namazie.

An extract from the Hitchens' last interview:

"Never be afraid of stridency"

Dawkins - One of my main beefs with religion is the way they label children as a "Catholic child" or a "Muslim child". I've become a bit of a bore about it.
Hitchens - You must never be afraid of that charge, any more than stridency.
Dawkins -  I will remember that.
Hitchens - If I was strident, it doesn't matter - I was a jobbing hack, I bang my drum. You have a discipline in which you are very distinguished. You've educated a lot of people; nobody denies that, not even your worst enemies. You see your discipline being attacked and defamed and attempts made to drive it out.
Stridency is the least you should muster . . . It's the shame of your colleagues that they don't form ranks and say, "Listen, we're going to defend our colleagues from these appalling and obfuscating elements."

File size: 6.06 MB
Format: pdf
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