Because When you are facing in the wrong direction, progress means walking backwards. History suggests that our world view undergoes disruptive change not so much when science adds new concepts to our cognitive toolkit, but when it takes away old ones.
Foreword by Guy P. Daniels has produced a powerful work that will give Christian readers much to think about.
Reflections of a Former Missionary is an important book that should be widely read. The author's approach is gentle and honest while still managing to be unflinching and thorough.
As a former fundamentalist Christian missionary who devoted far more time and energy than most to serving that religion, he obviously remembers what it feels like to be fully immersed in belief.
Fortunately, Daniels has retained plenty of sympathy for those who cannot yet see that the supernatural claims of Christianity cannot stand up to honest scrutiny. This brilliant book is not a vicious attack on Christians. It is a strong but polite plea for them to see and hear new ideas, to consider the possibility that their belief system might be a mistake.
Daniels maintains a humble tone throughout the book. He does not blast believers with arrogant claims of intellectual superiority on the question of faith.
He simply shares thoughts and questions about his journey through Christianity and escape from it. This is a powerful story and Daniels has many piercing ideas that are likely to carry considerable weight with believers because of his difficult work as a missionary in Africa. Daniels earned his stripes as a committed Christian.
He went way beyond the easy life of a casual Christian sitting in a pew on Sunday mornings. He lived his Christianity; he made serious commitments and followed through with sacrifices for his religion.
For someone like him to walk away from it, with great reluctance, humility, and no rage says a lot. It gives Daniels tremendous credibility. Daniels is well read and obviously knowledgeable about Christianity. Most importantly, however, he has retained a sense of respect and compassion for believers.
Yes, he thinks they are wrong about their religious claims, but he has not turned his back on them as fellow humans. It is likely that many Christians will struggle to reconcile the wisdom and challenges found within Why I Believed with their own beliefs.
The author's impressive logic and intelligence, combined with a sensitive approach and his top-notch credentials as a Christian missionary, make it impossible for anyone to dismiss him as an angry crank or an irrelevant outsider.
Daniels walked the walk, believing and serving with far more sincerity and dedication than most believers do. I invite Christian readers to consider the possibility that my apostasy is a result not of divine or diabolical deception but of a simple weighing of the evidence It might be that I am wrong.
It might be that I have not sought God sufficiently or studied the Bible thoroughly enough or listened carefully enough to the many Christians who have admonished me But the knowledge that billions of seekers have lived and died, calling out to God for some definitive revelation without ever receiving it, or receiving revelation that conflicts with the revelation others have found, contributes to my suspicion that there is no personal God who reveals himself to anyone.
This is a book I will give to Christians because it is forceful and devastating to their irrational beliefs without belittling or mocking them. That Daniels is able to make such a powerful case against Christianity is impressive enough; that he is able to do it without drifting into attacks and name-calling makes Why I Believed an important book that should be read and discussed by both believers and nonbelievers.
Wisdom and compassion shine through on many pages of this book. The author clearly wants nothing more than a more rational and peaceful world.
He does not seem interested in battering believers with a heavy club of merciless skepticism. Most believers are not prepared to travel as far as I have from my former position as a fundamentalist believer.
I implore such readers to consider a middle ground, one that acknowledges both the virtues and vices of the scriptures, as millions of moderate and liberal believers already do. While it is unrealistic to expect a large percentage of Muslims to abandon their faith, most of us can agree that the world would be a better place if Muslim fundamentalists moderated their rigid commitment to every precept of the Qur'an as the divine word of Allah, especially those that call for the destruction of infidels and apostates.
Likewise, the world would be a better place if fundamentalist Christians could frankly acknowledge the good, the bad, and the ugly in their own scriptural tradition, whether or not they end up abandoning their faith outright.
I love the honesty of Why I Believed.Write an entry for your online blog which describes a time when you felt uncertain or unsure about a situation you were in and explain how you overcame it. The one uncertain or one unsure situation I've been is was one I feel was slightly embarrassing.
My friends, well, who I thought were my friends, felt it was okay to put me on a rollercoaster, whilst I was bursting for the toilet.
The things they make me . Such great thoughts here. Thank you so much. My number 11 would be: Some dreams have to come true when you are young. If you just decided you wanted to be a ballet dancer, or a world class baseball player at 33, chances attheheels.com When nurses were asked how it felt to “live” the experience of transitioning into a new job, their responses about the initial days and weeks of orientation revealed they felt conflicted and uncertain, often questioning their decision to accept the position and wondering if their expectations were realistic.
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a time when i had felt alone and afraid is when my parents and i were on vacation i had fallen asleep in the car and my mom had to go and meet someone and she told my dad to watch me but then left because one of my dads old friends met him so i s left alone my dad had opened the window little so i could breathe and locked the door.
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