Latest Amazon Review of my Book

You know I can't resist....

Mr. Loftus has written a thorough treatise on why he rejected his evangelical Christianity and became and atheist. This is not solely a personal account of why he left the church and ministry, although it starts out that way. The book begins with a brief biography, explaining how he became so enamored of evangelical x-tianity that he eventually made the ministry his livelihood. It is particularly honest of Mr. Loftus to quote his early writings in these passages so the reader can see how thoughtful yet profoundly mistaken he was.

The remainder of the book is Mr. Loftus addressing some of the main problems of the Jesus religion and the Bible. He wants the reader to understand that he did not reject x-tianity so he could sin and not feel guilt--his was a thoughtful and scholarly admission that x-tianity cannot be a description of real historical events upon which a person should base her/his life.

If Jesus was a historical figure, about which no one can be certain, he did not perform miracles; he probably didn't die on a cross or tree; and he most certainly didn't arise zombie-like from the dead and scare gullible folk in Palestine before ascending to heaven. The Bible, Loftus comes to understand, is mythologic ramblings of superstitious peasants. The story of Adam and Eve is clearly a fable; there was no universal flood; people don't repent in a whale's gullet and then preach to Nineveh. The Gospels are clearly embellishments of an early god-man myth, the writers of which are clearly trying to convince other people to believe in their brand of x-tianity rather than trying to tell us of real events (to which they could not have been witnesses).

An important fact arises from Mr. Loftus' discussion--intelligent adults rarely becomes x-tians. The author, William Craig Lane, and most people who babble about x-tianity joined before they were thinking clearly (as adolescents), or were inculcated as children. An intelligent outsider would never buy all the baloney that is x-tianity.

After coming to these shocking conclusions, Mr. Loftus was left with no choice but to look at the world rationally and employ healthy skepticism as he re-created his entire world view. The bulk of Mr. Loftus' exegesis is lengthy quotations from John Hick, William Craig Lane, and many apologists from the InterVarsity Press (what a freakshow that place must be!). This is a highly recommended read for those who have the courage to examine the predominant superstition in the United States.

3 comments:

GordonBlood said...

John im pretty sure id be ashamed to put such an ignorant review as that elucidating my work. First of all, the facts, many intelligent adults have converted to the Christian faith, im not providing a list but frankly i have several professors at my nominally Catholic university who are outgoing converts, nevermind far more prominent examples. Secondly, another fact, yes you are an apostate (I mean that not as an insult but a statement of fact). But if you look at most of the great atheist biographies they all lost their faith at a young age (Ayn Rand, Bertrand Russell, AJ Ayer, Richard Dawkins etc) so that critique is dead. Just wanted to point those things out.

Reggie said...

A lot of book promotion and references to atheist books here.

Kind of reminds me of Dan Barkers gig.,

He spent his LIFE making money off Christianity; first preaching, then preaching agaisnt it.

What a deal?

Joseph said...

So a guy can't write a great book and make money off of it if the subject matter is Christianity (for or against)? Surely you're not saying that. Then why do you cast doubt on John's intentions, motivation, and character? Don't say you didn't, because you clearly implied as much by the comparison.