God or Godless? Paperback

One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

by John W. Loftus; Randal Rauser;

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One Christian and one former preacher turned atheist tackle 20 controversial questions from both sides of the fence

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God or Godless?

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‘God or Godless’ is an honest and vibrant conversation between an ex-Christian and a Christian, discussing 21 hot topics on the most important issues of life and faith.

Academic buddies, John Loftus & Randal Rauser, decided to write a light-hearted, introductory book on the faith debate. Each intellectual heavyweight chose 10 debate statements. The person who made the statement first has the opportunity to argue their case, while the other is left to scramble a case together to counter it. Randal (the Christian) debates for living with God and John (the Atheist) debate for living Godless.

The topics they cover include:
•    The Meaning of Life
•    Biblical move from Polytheism to Monotheism
•    Moral Responsibility
•    The Cruel God of the Old Testament
•    Science vs. Religion
•    Doesn’t Everyone have a Faith?

Both sides land significant blows, yet the dialogue contains no bitterness, malice or close-mindedness. So pull up a comfy chair, pour yourself the drink of choice and join the pair in wrestling with the age old question: should I go with God or Godless?

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. 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.

Randal Rauser (MCS, Regent College; PhD, King's College London) is associate professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary, Edmonton, Canada. He is the author of several books, including Finding God in the Shack, You're Not as Crazy as I Think, and The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails. He is a popular speaker and gifted communicator who seeks to bring the truth of Scripture to bear on the real-life issues of today.

God or Godless? by John W. Loftus; Randal Rauser was published by Baker in May 2013 and is our 35254th best seller. The ISBN for God or Godless? is 9780801015281.

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Honest debate on the big questions of faith

Perhaps the most persistent question in human history is whether or not there is a God. Intelligent people on both sides of the issue have argued, sometimes with deep rancor and bitterness, for generations. The issue probably wonít be decided by another book, but when we engage in civil conversation, we can begin to understand each otherís point of view.

In this unique book, atheist and former pastor John Loftus and theist and professor Randal Rauser engage in twenty short debates that consider Christianity, the existence of God, and unbelief from a variety of angles. This is the perfect book for Christian, atheist, and agnostic friends to read together, and it encourages honest, open, and candid discussions on the most important issues of life and faith.


An Irreverent, Interesting, and Somewhat Informative Introduction

1. If There Is No God, Then Life Has No Meaning
2. The Biblical Concept of God Evolved from Polytheism to Monotheism
3. If There Is No God, Then Everything is Permitted
4. The Biblical God Required Child Sacrifices for His Pleasure
5. Science is No Substitute for Religion
6. The Biblical God Commanded Genocide
7. God Is the Best Explanation of the Whole Shebang
8. The Biblical God Does Not Care Much About Slaves
9. If There Is No God, Then We Don’t Know Anything
10. The Biblical God Does Not Care Much About Women
11. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, but Only if God Exists
12. The Biblical God Does Not Care Much About Animals
13. Everybody Has Faith
14. The Biblical God Is Ignorant About Science
15. God Is Found in the Majesty of the Hallelujah Chorus
16. The Biblical God Is Ignorant About the Future
17. God Best Explains the Miracles in People’s Lives
18. The Biblical God Is an Incompetent Creator
19. Jesus Was Resurrected, So Whop Do You Think Raised Him?
20. The Biblical God Is an Incompetent Redeemer

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“The discussions are very readable and provide helpful overviews. This book is an enjoyable and informative read that will challenge you to think about the issues discussed.” – Michael R. Licona, associate professor of theology, author of ‘Paul Meets Muhammad’

“This is not a quarrel, nor one of those flame wars of the deaf that rage across cyberspace then spill angrily into print, nor even that stuffy, artificial creation known as a ‘religious dialogue.’ What we have here is conversation: at times witty, at times tendentious, often humorous, and almost always engaged on emotional as well as intellectual levels.” – David Marshall, author of ‘The Truth Behind the New Atheism’

“Keeping it short, the authors can’t include every point to be made, but they make a good show of where each side stands on these questions and why. If you want to continue these debates further, start with this.” – Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God

“This book should be the first stop for readers shopping for dueling voices from two of the most articulate advocates for Christianity and atheism.” – Dr. Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies, Iowa State University

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Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (May 2013)
Number of Pages208
Thickness18 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4055887
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