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I read until it became uninteresting. He outlines why he lost faith; first it was acceptance of old-earth creationism, then thoughts that evolution might be true (despite reading evidence that it is not) then uncritical acceptance of evolution, then comparing young-earth creationists to flat-earthers and other idiots, so I wasn't going to read on to get his continued breakdown about why he lost faith.. it was due to an upbringing in a very strict fundy, intolerant culture/parents, and blind acceptance of this worldview, then shock-horror when the bible is shown to be full of discrepancies and errors; unthinkable for that ilk..
It could be summed up with Jesus' parable about the sower.. some seeds are cast onto stony ground; they shoot up quick, full of enthusiasm, but they have no root, and they perish.. and that's all there is to it.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2014 17:01:28 BDT
The author's conclusions and subsequent rejection of his faith were based upon reason. His family background has no relevance as anyone with the same unbiased, reasoned and honest approach would probably come to the same conclusion.
As the author points out, the Old Testament is full of grossly immoral acts of violence from God himself or ordered by God. It logically follows that no god of 'goodness' would have been behind these acts and so the Old Testament must be a reflection of culture and politics of that time, rather than a divinely inspired work.
Jesus accepted the scriptures as God's word, so it follows that the 'son of God' who accepted his father's evil, immoral acts must also be rejected as 'good'.
The nasty and murderous God depicted in the Bible is rather more than 'discrepancies and errors' as you put it, they are fundamental affronts to decent and moral behaviour expected of a human, let alone an omnibenevolent being....
I think it would have been better if you had read his book to the end, and perhaps to have read the Bible too....
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