“…a gratifying and memorable read…”
founder of Foundation Beyond Belief and author of In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Non-Believers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families
“I could not put it down.”
“An extraordinary offering…
a cinematic drama…
an alternative to rancor and a path toward understanding…”
minister at West Hill United Church of Toronto and author of With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe
“Perhaps the most candid and witty account of a reverend on the run…”
co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists
“This polarized country of ours needs more leaders like Drew Bekius…”
humanist chaplain at University of Cincinnati and co-author with Tony Campolo of Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son
“…a wonderful journey of thought through a path strewn with valuable insights…”
“…a deep, satisfying, and ultimately hopeful read…”
freelance journalist and author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age
“…for anyone looking to understand the evangelical mind…”
“Christians will find it compelling.”
Jeff T Haley
lead author of upcoming Sharing Reality: Bringing Secularism and Science to Your Friends and the World
“This is a joy to read… with humor, sincerity, and openness…”
The story of religion in twenty-first century America has been defined, in large part, by the stories of zealous pastors moving beyond their faith to embrace a life of reason.
But too often and too quickly ardent believers dismiss such accounts as aberrations. Meanwhile atheists and other skeptics struggle to understand what took such individuals so long to make the exit.
The questions posed by one side inevitably mirror those asked by the other.
Why do believers trust in God the way they do?
But what factors lead atheists to dismiss religious beliefs so easily?
- How can believers have faith in the face of known science and history?
- But what allows anyone to be so sure their beliefs are based in reality?
- What would it take for believers to stop believing God exists?
And what would it take for nonbelievers to begin?
Drawing on the author’s own story as a former evangelical pastor powerless to stop his turn to atheism, The Rise and Fall of Faith touches on these and other questions. While the aim of the book is to initiate a much-needed conversation between Christians and atheists, it will be up to each of us to carry the discussion forward—in the evaluation of our own inner thoughts, in the assumptions we make about the other side, and in how we work together in the pursuit of understanding and common ground as we navigate the world’s quickly changing religious landscape.