As early as second grade, author Larry Cartford had already showed interest in becoming a pastor. Throughout the years, this interest grew until he entered a Lutheran College as a pre-seminary student. There, a new feeling of doubt blossomed as he encountered the truth like never before. Readers can follow his journey From Pastor To Atheist in a book that will change their perception about the church.
In class after class, the author was taught to question the basics of truth, the meaning of existence and the place of God in the scheme of life. At college where he had to take religion courses each semester in none of these courses were the absolute truths of Christianity questioned. At seminary and graduate school, his doubts continued to expand. Caught in the dilemma of doubt, he tried to quiet the questioning by turning to the easy route of accepting the truth as Christianity stated it - life created by God, original sin, the need for salvation and so on and so forth. As he opened his mind to new concepts and teachings, his growing doubt began to challenge the foundation of his beliefs.
The author's transition From Pastor To Atheist did not happen overnight. In his early ministry, he had always rejected atheism as an option. Yet before he left the Lutheran ministry, his interest in it grew and, after he resigned, it eventually became his way of life. Coming from the inside of organized religion, he knows its ins and outs, its restrictive thinking and its limited view of life and eternal life. Thus, Cartford approaches atheism from the point of religion and existential meaning, not from a scientific viewpoint.
This compelling book will provoke thought as the author exposes: how a supposed holy, infallible book distorts history; how an organization decides what is truth and what is heresy; how an organization restricts the way to salvation; and how an organization encourages fear of hell so it can control behavior. As Cartford reveals the ways of the gods for what they are, he hopes to facilitate thinking and encourage people to live freely.
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FROM PASTOR TO ATHEIST * by Larry Cartford A Non-god Way of Life Publication Date: April 23, 2010 Trade Paperback; $15.99; 107 pages; 978-1-4500-8583-0 Trade Hardback; $24.99; 107 pages; 978-1-4500-8584-7 eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-8585-4
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