In the following series, I'll be posting my notes on Why I Became an Atheist by John W. Loftus. This book is part of the reading I am undertaking in my quest for the truth about god, heavily inspired by the Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge (Easy Version) from Common Sense Atheism.
Unfortunately, I read this book prior to deciding it would be a good idea to take notes while I read. What follows will be the result of my re-skimming the book to try to remember what I found particularly engaging or helpful. This was one of the first books I read when I began to doubt. It was extremely comprehensive and I found many of the chapters very helpful. John appeared extremely well-cited and read and I cannot even imagine amassing such a collection on my list of read books as the quantity that fills his footnotes. I particularly enjoyed the end of his book where he presents a take on what it's like to live as an atheist. I truly appreciated hearing a first hand testimony of life without god, as my doubt and initial reading brought me into contact with many apologetic works which prophesied that an atheistic life is filled with less hope, meaning, morality, and happiness. This worried me, though throughout the last seven months I've been completely willing to sacrifice happiness for certitude/truth so it didn't bother me tremendously (except the potential loss of moral ground/basis). In any case, I enjoyed the book very much and would definitely recommend it.
Posts in this series:
Ch 4: The Outsider Test for Faith
Ch 6: The Lessons of Galileo, Science and Religion
Ch 7: The Strange and Superstitious World of the Bible
Ch 7.1: Pseudonymity in the Bible
Ch 8: The Poor Evidence of Historical Evidence
Ch 9: Do Miracles Take Place?
Chs 10, 12 & 13: The Holy Spirit and the PoE
Chs 14 & 15: Science and Genesis
Ch 16: Prophecy and Biblical Authority
Chs 17 & 18: Virgin Birth and the Incarnation
Ch 20: Did Jesus Bodily Rise from the Dead?
Ch 23: Why I Became and Atheist