Earlier this week I finally finished John W. Loftus‘ seminal work, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. It is a comprehensive case against Christianity that covers nearly every subject involved in belief in Christ and why it is unfounded. In some ways, I wish I had this book at the start of my journey. Having all of this information in one place would have made much easier work of rejecting my own beliefs for logic and rational thinking. However, I also think that having made many of the discoveries he writes about in the book on my own, that reading this book was like a capstone on my own research. As he says many times in this book, The Christian Delusion, and The Outsider Test for Faith, Christians will not consider their faith improbable until they consider it impossible. The first time I read those words, they rang true to my own experience. I had to research every aspect of the christian faith that I thought held some sort of weight for making the faith true or real. Only when all of those blocks were tumbled did I finally relent and acknowledge the realization that had slowly been overtaking me. When the evidence piled up beyond my capacity to ignore it, I had to face the facts. So maybe it’s better that I read John Loftus’ book last. Not only did he cover every topic I had previously researched, he also covered religious philosophy (which I hadn’t even gotten into) and the problem of suffering, which now that i think about it, is a lot more powerful argument than I had imagined.
So, If you haven’t read this great book, take some time and delve in. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, you will learn something and come away a different person- a better person.