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Why I Left the Revival Fellowship
This site is not a collection of bitter ramblings or the sorry tale of someone who lost their first love or stopped overcoming. Rather, this site is the collection of thoughts, formatted as questions, that lead Jordan Hillier away from The Revival Fellowship and ultimately Christianity.
Since its founding in 1995, the Secular Web has grown from a small site spawned in a dorm at Texas A&M University into the most comprehensive freethought resource on the Internet. It offers thousands of essays, reviews, and critiques, covering everything from articles of general interest to scholarly papers by prominent non-theistic philosophers, scientists, historians, and others.

Debunking Christianity
John Loftus, the man behind this blog wrote, "My motivation for debunking Christianity on the web is pretty much the same as any Christian apologist, except I don’t do it to glorify God, and I’m not taking anyone to heaven with me. Christian apologists want to know that their beliefs are true, and one good way to do that is to get in the ring and argue for them. In doing so, they learn things and find better arguments to defend what they believe. This describes me too."
The ExChristian.Net blog exists for the express purpose of encouraging those who have decided to leave religion behind.

Rationalists Opposed to Speaking in Tongues on Facebook
"There is nothing more bizarre, self-delusional, and stupefying than babbling away in the morphemes of one's own language while claiming it to be another!"

Richard Carrier's Website
Richard Carrier is a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement.

Peter Bainbridge's musings on religion and unbelief.

So long, and thanks for all the guilt!

Troy Waller's blog detailing some of the reasons why he no longer believes.

Online Articles and Essays

Beyond Born Again: Towards Evangelical Maturity by Robert M. Price
Beyond Born Again was perceptive, witty, scholarly and personal all at the same time. His criticisms of Evangelical apologetics are as good as (and often better than) anything written by the atheist community, and his sense of logic is equally matched by his sense of humour. In short, the book was simply delightful to read.

Glossolalia by The Skeptics Dictionary
When spoken by schizophrenics, glossolalia are recognised as gibberish. In charismatic Christian communities glossolalia is sacred and referred to as "speaking in tongues" or having "the gift of tongues."

The Lowdown on God's Showdown by Edward Babinski
Many evangelical Christians tremble with excitement at the thought that they are the "last generation" and "Jesus is due to return soon." Others are less excitable and propose that Jesus' "return" might still be far off. Neither view appears to be correct judging by the plain words of the New Testament - words that armies of theologians have spent centuries trying to divide up and "conquer," or in this case, "explain away."

Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary (2009) by Kenneth W. Daniels
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.


Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity by John W. Loftus
In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, Loftus carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The bulk of the book is his "cumulative case" against Christianity. Here he lays out the philosophical, scientific, and historical reasons that can be raised against Christian belief.

The Case Against Christianity by Michael Martin
A thorough, logical examination of the major tenants of Christianity by a professional philosopher (not a theologian).

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman
Ehrman shows how the Bible, rather than being divinely inspired, is in fact full of human error and heavily influenced by ecclesiastical politics.  A former Evangelical, Ehrman now sees his earlier faith in the inerrant inspiration of the Bible as misguided.

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) by Bart D. Ehrman
Ehrman skilfully demonstrates that the New Testament is riddled with contradictory views about who Jesus was and the significance of his life. Ehrman reveals that many of the books were written in the names of the apostles by Christi
ans living decades later, and that central Christian doctrines were the inventions of still later theologians.

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
Whether his contention is 100% accurate or not, Hitchens raises points that religious devotees cannot easily dismiss.  Religion, Hitchens writes, is "violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." Hitchens argues that religion is "man-made" and murderous, originating in fear and sustained by brute force.

Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind by Robert M. Price
Price traces the origin and scriptural basis, which is sometimes astonishingly skimpy, for such beliefs as the Rapture, the Second Coming, the Antichrist, and Messianic prophecy. He emphasizes that the writers of the New Testament consistently set a first-century deadline for the return of Jesus Christ, and yet the stubborn fact that the Second Coming obviously did not occur has not deterred fundamentalist Christians from blindly predicting the event throughout the centuries up to the present day.

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails edited by John W. Loftus
In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, former evangelical minister and apologist John W. Loftus has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in Loftus's first book.

This page will be added to and updated regularly.  If you find a broken link or wish to suggest a site or resource then please message me directly

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