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Free Will Explained By Dan Barker

Do we have free will? And if we don’t, why do we think we do? Scientists and philosophers have been battling with this issue for years. In this compelling book, a former Christian minister who is now an internationally recognized authority on atheism addresses these questions.

Dan Barker (author of God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction) suggests a different way of looking at free will. He proposes an understanding of free will that turns it sideways and makes the paradox disappear. As a jazz pianist, he posits that if we can view the world more like jazz than classical music, we will see “free will” as a beautiful improvisation of the human species. He calls it harmonic free will.

Paperback. 138 pages

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All of Fiction By Dan Barker. Foreword by Richard Dawkins

English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer Richard Dawkins opens Chapter 2 of his New York Times bestseller The God Delusion by saying that the God of the Old Testament is “arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction” and goes on to list nineteen negative character traits. Now, in God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, Dan Barker, a former ordained minister and current atheist, proves that Dawkins was right.

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction contains verses from all thirty-nine books of the Old Testament. In Part I, “Dawkins was right,” Barker begins each chapter with his own commentary on one or two biblical stories that Barker and Dawkins have chosen to illustrate a characteristic on the list. A series of selected verses (and sometimes Barker’s personal remarks) follow. Part II, “Dawkins was too kind,” ends the book with eight chapters that expand on the original list as well as a final chapter that extends the list into the New Testament.

Dan Barker describes the book on YouTube.

Freedom From Religion Foundation