Before Billy Graham there was Charles Templeton!
Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith (Hardcover)
Amazing gently told account of the former associate and lifelong friend of evangelist Billy Graham.His honesty is touching,and that his story is told without being in 'attack mode'.
As someone who was an evangelical Christian for decades and now a nonbeliever,I rank this book right up there with my new non-religious favorites which have taken the place of all the Christian/religious nonfiction books that I used to own before I placed them in a paper/book recycling bin.
What I find especially amazing is how books such as this and....Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary by Kenneth W Daniels
The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read by Tim C. Leedom
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists by Dan Barker
all make so much more sense than my bible and preachers ever did!
I know why real life and years of bible study my eyes finally opened to the fallacy of religion,but these books have helped me to understand why I allowed such self-delusion for so many years!
Only those with an open mind who are lovers and seekers of Truth,and wonder why religion so strongly admonishes[like every cult]followers to never allow themselves to think about contradictions they read/see for themselves, or to never question what their own common sense is screaming for them to question, are able to appreciate such works,but those who do will treasure them for helping them to reach their full human potential instead of going through life as an automaton.
I highly recommend Farewell To God by Charles Templeton.
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