Life on Purpose

The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
by Dan Barker
Ulysses Press, 2011
(240 pages, $14.95, paperback)

Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things
by Alister E. McGrath
Westminster John Knox Press, 2011
(144 pages, $17.00, paperback)

reviewed by Logan Paul Gage

Following the New Atheist tomes of 2004–2007, a host of atheist B-teamers capitalized on the newfound enthusiasm—so many that most bookstores now house an “Atheist” subsection. These authors include physicist Victor Stenger, professional “skeptic” Michael Shermer, and former Evangelical Dan Barker.

Barker, who ministered in traditions as disparate as the Assemblies of God and the Friends Church, has not . . .

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Logan Paul Gage is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Baylor University. He and his wife Elizabeth attend St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waco, Texas. A version of this essay appears in the recently released book God and Evolution (Discovery Institute Press), edited by Jay W. Richards.


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