The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God by Dan Barker

By Dan Barker

Christians usually declare that individuals who don't think in God are not able to discover real success and reside a purpose-driven lifestyles. In The reliable Atheist, writer Dan Barker constructs an easy ethical argument for locating happiness via altruistic living—without calling upon the idea of God's gift or punishment. Barker outlines an easy-to-follow plan for making those ideas a part of one's daily life. Profiles of many impressive atheists serve to stress those issues and supply inspiring examples of freethinkers who've made the area a greater place.

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In truth, it was neither a vision, nor a seraphic revelation, nor a voice from heaven, nor any strange dream or other mystery that brought me into the way of salvation; and I owe my conversion simply to the reading of a book. A book? Yes, and it is an old, Page 15 homely-looking book, modest as nature and natural as it; a book that has a work-a-day and unassuming look, like the sun that warms us, like the bread that nourishes us; a book that seems to us as familiar and as full of kindly blessing as the old grandmother who reads daily in it with dear, trembling lips, and with spectacles on her nose.

It does not appear in any German edition. Its interest, however, is not lessened by that circumstance, and it is the natural introduction to the fragment now presented to the English reader. It also throws light on Heine's second German preface. "TR. Page 8 PREFACE TO THE FIRST GERMAN EDITION. I must draw the special attention of German readers to the circumstance that these pages were originally contributed to a French journal, the Revue des deux Mondes, and that they were composed with a distinctly temporary object in view.

Their aim is to warn the reader against grievous miscon- Page 7 ceptions. In the first three parts of this book I have spoken with some detail of the conflicts between religion and philosophy in Germany. It was necessary to explain this intellectual revolution in my country, about which Madame de Staël has spread abroad in France so many erroneous ideas. "* PARIS, 8th April, 1833. * This preface appears in the French version of Heine's works, prefixed to the two volumes bearing the title "De l'Allemagne," of which, what is called in the German version "Religion and Philosophy in Germany," forms the first part.

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