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i think it would be a good idea to list references down for our newly deconverted exchristians, those in the process of deconverting, and for xtians who need to open their minds to the truth. it could be websites with essays, scholarly work, etc.... or even names of books and authors. ill go first, and if you guys think it's a good idea... just add on.

 

websites:

Agnostic Review of Christianity [a favorite of mine and SkepticOfBible]

Rejection of Pascal's Wager

History of Christianity and the Bible

Apocyrphas Index

 

books:

The New Testament : A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings by Bart Ehrman

The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed by JR Porter

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Thanks, RHEMtron. I would also suggest reading any of the links under the "Introductory Stuff" heading on the left side of the main page.

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"The Born Again Skeptics Guide to the Bible" by Ruth Hermance Green

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Some really good JEWISH counter missionary website

 

Messiah Truth(Comprehensive but really good)

 

MESSIANIC VERSES IN TANACH

 

Counter Missionary Reference( an index to various "proof texts" used by missionaries from theOT & discussions on those verses by various counter missionary websites_

 

I think this is in the wrong section. It should be either in ex-christian life or general theological discussion

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i think it would be a good idea to list references down for our newly deconverted exchristians, those in the process of deconverting, and for xtians who need to open their minds to the truth. it could be websites with essays, scholarly work, etc.... or even names of books and authors. ill go first, and if you guys think it's a good idea... just add on.

Done and done. I've already got stuff listed in Mr. Grinch's Blog.

 

And I'll add these for good measure:

 

Ebon Musings: The Atheism Pages

Jesus Never Existed

Losing My Religion (Companion site to the Agnostic Review)

 

Be set free! :woohoo:

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Good post! I know I'm looking for new stuff to read all the time...

 

A few of my favorites:

 

Why Won't God Heal Amputees - an excellent introduction to why xtianity isn't right. this is a great resource for those who want a "softer" approach to moving away from their beliefs.

 

Pagan Origins of the Christian Myth - a look at where xtianity came from, including its roots in other religions that were around LONG before xtianity

 

What the hell is hell - wondering where/when the concept of HELL came from? this site is a good introduction.

 

 

Hmm, maybe this should be in a different forum, or a sticky somewhere... or it might be nice to keep an organized list by topic? I'd be happy to help get some stuff compiled together! :grin:

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lol I think I'll look into "why god won't heal amputees."

 

I thank you all as a new ex-christian. This site has been great for me. It is very theraputic.

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One of our own, Dr. Jason Long, wrote the book Biblical Nonsense. It's worth a read.

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First up: Deconversion Stories (you're not alone):

 

First a couple very long but very excellent ones:

http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72552

http://www.curiouslittlemonkey.com/faith.shtml

 

And some shorter, more numerous ones:

http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=35947

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~slocks/be/list.html

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/tes...als/index.shtml

http://www.users.bigpond.com/pmurray/exchristian/

http://www.ebonmusings.org/atheism/ (scroll down to "Deconversion stories")

 

and last, but certainly not least, from this site: http://www.ex-christian.net/index.php?showforum=5

 

Next up:

http://ebonmusings.org/ <-- this site is pretty awesome.

 

Biblical errancy... thorough to a fault:

http://members.aol.com/ckbloomfld/index.html

In the same vein:

http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/

Ok, but often criticised, and rightly so, for somewhat poor research and scholarship. Suffers from "nitpicking" too much, and not concentrationg mostly on the real problems.

 

Bertrand Russell's "Why I am not a Christian" essay:

http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/russell0.htm

(positiveatheism.org is well worth checking out.)

 

 

 

 

Next up: Forums:

iidb.org (granddaddy of atheism discussion forums, -- excluding alt.atheism which suffers from being, well, usenet -- lots of good stuff here, and at infidels.org in general.)

 

http://infidelguy.com (internet radio show, plus a forum)

And, you already found ex-christian.net.

 

Next up: Just some info about the world's religions and where they are believed and who believes (or doesn't.)

http://adherents.com/

 

Last, a little pointed, cutting, incisive humor:

 

http://www.jhuger.com/kisshank.php

http://www.extian.org/home.htm

http://thewaronfaith.com/

 

This next one is raptureready.com as viewed through

the "pornolizer"... good for a sophmoric laugh if you're in thsy sort of mood.

http://www.pornolize.com/pornolize4?lang=e...ubmit=Translate

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wow... good jog godless!! i meant for this thread to help other people, but it looks like it's gonna help me too haha.

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I hesitate to recommend "The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You TO Read" as much of the information in it is at best apocraphyl.

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In the same vein:

http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/

Ok, but often criticised, and rightly so, for somewhat poor research and scholarship. Suffers from "nitpicking" too much, and not concentrationg mostly on the real problems.

 

 

I turn to the Skeptics Annotated Bible when I need a laugh. I read so many serious apologetics/criticisms, that it's good to take a breather. I literally laugh at loud at a lot of the info posted there, and the webmaster just combined the "highlights" of each book onto one page.

 

Take a look:

http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/highlights.html

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I just discovered the Skeptic's Annotated Bible, myself, and I absolutely love it. It may not have the academic mystique of some of the other sites, but I think its more casual layout with the iconic annotations actually give it more of an immediate impact in many ways.

 

I now link to it whenever I quote scripture in my blog so that the Christians I'm addressing end up taking a peek. It's a real eye opener.

 

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Lot of great links here. In addition I recommend Faith Dissolved, a sort of journal by a girl I knew from the extian mailing list. Good reading!

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One of the books that really helped me was "Losing Faith in Faith" by Dan Barker.

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Another thing to do is type in anything Christian related into Wikipedia.

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http://www.crosswalk.com/

 

Although a Christian site, the concordance and lexicon tools are very helpful

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very very helpful information. thanks guys. actually, when i first began to have doubts and when everything started to seem cultish to me--this website also really helped:

 

http://www.sullivan-county.com/news/fundie_cults/index.htm

 

then it just began to snowball from there and I finally "saw the light".

 

They also suggest the bood "Leaving the Fold"--haven't read it yet, but heard it's really helpful.

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Great reference, I'm glad we have this thread. However, having read through this thread, some of these links are being repeated and its only page 2. Before someone posts a link, please check that it hasn't already been posted.

 

Another great resource is Becoming Human its on evolution, great for a newbie. :grin:

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