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why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:49:14 AM »
webiste for book here: http://www.kwdaniels.com/

review of it here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/entequilaesverdad/2012/04/26/a-book-for-believers-2/ 

as Dana says, could be a good book for those who aren't quite up to dealing with Dawkins, et al.

his blog is good too: http://www.kwdaniels.com/the-deconversion-desert.html
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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 11:42:34 AM »
Velkyn, I've read this book and found it to be very enlightening.  As I wasn't raised in any religion, didn't even know who Jesus was until I was about 8 years old, this book was a revelation to me.  I had no idea that deconversion was such a difficult thing. 

I would recommend this book to all atheists and even Christians.  It is full of well thought out explanations of why he questioned his religious beliefs. He discusses  where in the Bible he found errors and why is bothered him so much.  He does it in a modest, nonthreatening manner,  without all the anger so many ex Christians feel.   For this reason many Christians might, just might, read this book.  We know they won't touch Dawkins and the others but  Christians might at least flip through the pages of this book.

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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 01:16:07 PM »
Tap, Sadely Velkyn is no longer posting on this site.  I still miss her wit and posts.
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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2013, 02:54:47 PM »
You can still visit her at her blog, ya know.
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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 11:19:10 PM »
Is there a link to her blog?

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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 11:30:12 PM »
Under her signature. But don't tap it...click it.

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Re: why I believed: reflections of a former missionary
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 07:57:17 PM »
After 36 years, I bailed on biblegod. 

I'm in the middle of reading "Why I Believed" and I highly recommend it - especially for someone who is truly searching for answers.  I could describe it best as "gentle" or even "compassionate" to the seeker.  Hitch, Harris, Dawkins and others can be a little tough to start with for the newbie - they have great things to say but sometimes you get the feeling their fist is in it too...

Dan Barker is good too.  But this title I picked up for .99 cents on the Kindle!! Wow, lots of good stuff in it - he covers it all without insulting you for wandering lost in the wilderness (like yrs truly)
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