The story of religion in 21st 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. What does "real" faith look like and how do you know it when you have it? And what allows anyone to be so sure their beliefs are based in reality? What would it take for believers to stop believing in God? 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 audiobook 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.
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I have never read a book like this before. I’ve never known anyone that has gone threw this type of struggle with religion, or lack there of. So Drew’s story was very enlightening. His life struggles are very relatable, even if you haven’t had the exact same experiences. I like the honesty and down to earth way that he tells his story. It was all very well put together. And he does a great job at narrative as well.
Definitely worth the credit/money to listen to this book.