Reduced Price For My Book.

I'll let you know when my book is offered at a reduced price for anyone interested. It's now available for $13.57 and eligible for free shipping, at amazon.com. At this price they may not last long.

FYI, Two prominent evangelical philosophers will be reviewing my book this year. One reviewer is regarded by Christians as the dean of Christian apologetics. They're both sure to disagree with it, but if it's as bad as some Christians claim, then why would they even bother with it? I'll keep you posted, but give no further clues yet.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am an Evangelical Christian and am currently reading your book. Although my opinion might change as I continue through the book, one thing I like about it is your openness. You reveal personal information, even though it could be used to argue for a psychological reason, as opposed to an epistemic reason, for your de-conversion.

Also, you mentioned a person in your personal story that is a fried of a friend's pastor. Its a small world :-)

John W. Loftus said...

In the era of tell-all books, I thought honesty is what was required so that readers could see and judge for themselves about the totality of the reasons why I rejected Christianity. I don't believe conversion or deconversion experiences take place strictly because of epistemic reasons in either direction. There are most always psychological reasons too. Anyone intelligent enough to realize this will wonder what they were for me, so I spelled them out in the attempt to show that my rejection of Christianity is sincere and honest. The previously mentioned forthcoming reviewer who is considered by many Christians to be the dean of apologetics said this to me: "I think many people would have become atheists, had they gone through what you have." But with this recognition comes the next question: "Why didn't God do something to avert these experiences of mine?" I don't share them here at DC, though, since the whole context needs to be understood, and that would require reading the whole book.

John W. Loftus said...

By the way, anonymous, I admire any Christian who will read a book like mine. Very few of them will bother to read my book because they already "know" in advance I'm wrong, or they don't want to be misled into doubt.

John W. Loftus said...

One last thing, this reviewer I mentioned is actually recommending my book to his Seminary students. That's right. He told me, "I think you have said some very important things in your book that every Christian--let alone Christian apologist--needs to hear." He said: "There are many things Christians can learn from it."

Anonymous said...

I guess I am an exception. I was raised Catholic, but in a very liberal Catholic environment both at home and at the schools I attended. I have no horror stories about the Church, liked most of the priests and nuns that taught me -- and when I didn't, it was because they were bad teachers, not because they were 'religious.' (Meaning they were members of orders, not their own beliefs, very few of them were particularly pious.)
I was always a highly intellectual type as a kid, always reading, a science fiction fan, someone who discovered General Semantics also as a kid.
I was a firm believer, even considered the priesthood, and then simply started to think about these ideas I was learning and realized they didn't make sense. (Those who have seen my occasional contributions to the Carnival of the Godless have seen that I attack religion from factual and logical grounds. It was the logical problems, mostly dealing with the contradictions from the idea of infinity that made me realize I couldn't accept this nonsense.)
I said, then and now, that I didn't become an atheist because I rejected Catholicism, I rejected Catholicism because I realized I was an atheist.
I continue to be fascinated by religion as a human activity, and as an example -- much like a science fiction story -- of 'world building,' of attempting to create a system based on propositions that were false to fact.
Of course -- this was the early 60s -- evangelicalism was something that had no visible presence in my native New Jersey, in New York, or in the news. Nor was it at all a factor in politics -- another consistent interest through my life. (In fact, if I thought of religious people in politics, I thought of the Civil Rights marchers, of Dr. King, later of the Berrigans and the recently deceased Father Drinan.)
So count me as the exception to your statement.

Prup (aka Jim Benton)

HOUX said...

Must be Norman Geisler