The Christian Delusion

Why Faith Fails

By John W. Loftus (Editor); Dan Barker (Foreword by)
(Prometheus Books, Paperback, 9781616141684, 422pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, a former evangelical minister and apologist, author of the critically acclaimed "Why I Became an Atheist," has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in his first book.
Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders. Experts in medicine, psychology, and anthropology join Loftus to show why, when this test is applied to Christianity, it becomes very difficult to rationally defend.
Collectively, these articles reveal that popular Christian beliefs tend to rely on ignorance of the facts. Drawing together experts in diverse fields, including Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, David Eller, and Robert Price, this book deals a powerful blow against Christian faith.

About the Author
John W. Loftus is a former Christian minister and apologist with degrees in philosophy, theology, and the philosophy of religion from Lincoln Christian University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also did PhD studies at Marquette University in theology and ethics. John is the founder of an influential blog called "Debunking Christianity" (http: // He is the author of "Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity" and the editor of "The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails", and "The End of Christianity". He lives in Indiana.

Dan Barker, a former evangelical minister, is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, co-host of Freethought Radio, and co-founder and board member of The Clergy Project. A widely sought after lecturer, debater, and performer, he regularly discusses atheism and life's meaning and purpose in the national media, with appearances on Oprah Winfrey, the O'Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, and many others.
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