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Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith

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For more than twenty years, Charles Templeton was a major figure in the church in Canada and the United States. During the 1950s, he and Billy Graham were the two most successful exponents of mass evangelism in North America. Templeton spoke nightly to stadium crowds of up to thirty thousand people.

However, increasing doubts about the validity of the Old Testament and the
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Published January 14th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart (first published October 12th 1996)
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Before Billy Graham there was Charles Templeton!
Amazing gently told account of the former associate and lifelong friend of evangelist Billy Graham.His honesty is touching,and that his story is told without being in 'attack mode'.

As someone who was an evangelical Christian for decades and now a nonbeliever,I rank this book right up there with my new non-religious favorites which have taken the place of all my Christian/religious nonfiction books.

What I find especially amazing is how books such as
I read this many years ago and can say that it was a key part of my own journey. It is a courageous work and one that touches both the emotional and intellectual components of faith and doubt. I put it in one of the top five books on the subject.
A good first book to recommend to those beginning to question their
religious beliefs. From the perspective of one time evangelist Charles Templeton who doesn't stive to hit the reader over the head with his or her superstitions. Rather he uses biblical inconsistencies and the contradictions seen in everyday life to force the reader to challenge their beliefs.
All I can say is I don't see how a believer could read this and have their faith intact afterwards. A man who studied the Bible inside and out takes it to task in ways that even Dawkins can't do.

Jeremy Zerbe
My father is always buying religious literature, littering our bathroom and dining room with it, trying to get me to read it, to just "understand where he's coming from." So I picked up Charles Templeton's Farewell to God in retaliation, more for him than for me. I was hoping to pass it along to him after I finished it, to finally see "where I was coming from." Of course, my dad isn't much of a reader, and is already steeped in his own library of works, so it might be a while until he gets aroun ...more
Paul Buller
Sep 01, 2013 Paul Buller rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Paul by: Nobody
The first time I read this book it shook my faith. It seemed to raise so many devastating critiques and questions about Christianity that it was hard to imagine the mere possibility that there could be answers. So I read it again. As I read it a second time I carefully analyzed exactly what he was (and was not) saying, his precise lines of argument, what exact evidence he was drawing on, etc.

After reading it a second time my faith was far less shaken. Like so many anti-Theists these days he majo
This book repeats a lot of the standard arguments against Christianity. The book is much better than Dawkin's book The God Delusion (which was nothing but a nonsensical rant). I especially found the discussion about Billy Graham and the early days of his crusades interesting. The one part of the book I found a little hard to believe was Templeton revealing how after years of being a pastor and an evangelist, he suddenly stumbled upon distrubing questions like "why does God allow suffering" and " ...more
'If the existence of God is not demonstrable except by faith, and if there is no hard evidence that the universe was created by a First Cause, then agnosticism is the only rational position.' (Kindle Highlight Loc. 343-44)
One of the best books I've ever read. Everything he said made sense, and it only solidified my stance in agnosticism.
Clear, easy to read. Not rude, belligerent, or degrading. This should be required reading for every Christian or those thinking of converting. This should be in hotel nightstands next to the Gideon bible. It clearly points out all the flaws, inconsistent stories, inconsistent morals (and lack thereof), and other holes and not so tidy plot points in the Christian religion focusing primarily on the Bible, the base of the religion.

It also drives home a pretty good point about "cultural Christians"
Craig Evans
Unlike some of the "New Atheists", Mr.Templeton is displays in his memoir his reasons for leaving religion, and is able to authentically meet believers on their own playing field then shred that field and dig holes in the solid footing of that belief. 3 stars for content. 5 for points made.
Honest and plainspoken account of uncomplicated doubt and alienation from contemporary Christianity. Wouldn't convince me to leave the church, but a good book for understanding how some people might come to the conclusion that they should.
Easy read!!! Templeton was a major figure in the church in Canada. He speaks about his increasing doubt about the validity of the teachings of the Christian church.
LOVED it! Loved his approach and open-mindedness, and respect towards Christians at the same time. This is the kind of book I love to share with my Christian friends. :)
Jeffrey Thiessen
A really good book for anyone making the jump into agnosticism. Light on atheist material, but poses some obvious fallacies involved with Christian dogma.
one of the best books i've ever read in my life, made me seriously start question the idea of "fiath in god"
Dec 19, 2014 columbialion rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to columbialion by: Self
A logical reasonable argument for the rejection of corporate religion.
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