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The author of this book, Brian Baker, was a 'born again' fundamentalist Christian for seventeen years. For ten of those years he was the founding pastor of one of Australia's largest churches (1979-89). Following the failure of his marriage, he resigned from the ministry and then spent the following few years seriously examining his faith and the veracity of the Bible. Finally he came to the conclusion that his Christian beliefs were seriously flawed and that the Bible is entirely the result of human invention, imaginations and myths passed down from generation to generation. As the Bible is then based on 'hearsay' and written by at least 40 different authors over a period of up to 1,600 years, none of whom were eyewitnesses to the events they recorded, it cannot substantiate the claim that it was 'inspired by God.' The result of Brian's search for evidence caused a personal transformation from believer to realist, rationalist, skeptic and atheist. He published his first book - From Faith to Reason - in 2009 which contains the reasons why he no longer believes in the existence of God, angels, demons, the devil, heaven, hell or an afterlife. In this book - Nonsense from the Bible - Brian uses the Bible texts to demonstrate their inaccuracies, inconsistencies, contradictions and fantasies. He deals with major issues which are widely believed and accepted as factual events such as the Creation story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and the prophecies concerning Jesus. Chapters are also devoted to the question of the second coming of Jesus and Christian Family values. Brian also totally invalidates the so-called 'power of prayer' and the claims that God heals the sick. This would be a 'hard read' for many Christians who totally believe that the Bible is literally 'The Word of God' and accept it as absolute truth. Brian also believed that for all those years but over a period of time and investigation by seeking evidence other than the Bible he was able to accept that he had been deceived and deluded - or as he now says, 'Once I was blind - but now I see!' This is an 'easy' read for those who may question their own faith as it provides some convincing information concerning the validity of the Bible.
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BiographyBrian Baker was born in England and during the 1960s he owned and operated a successful chain of Record Stores. In 1972 the family moved to New Zealand where they held a Christian Youth Club on their beautiful ocean front property. Brian and his wife also began working with a local Christian Pastor and assisted him in the work of the ministry. In 1978 Brian again moved his family, this time to USA where he and his wife and eldest son attended Rhema Bible Training Centre in Tulsa Oklahoma. After graduation in 1979 the family finally moved to Perth Western Australia where they founded a new church. From small beginnings their ministry grew during the following years to become one of the largest church congregations in Australia with an attendance of over 2500. Brian travelled overseas to many countries and across Australia speaking at large and small churches.
In 1989 Brian and his wife resigned as Pastors from the ministry when their marriage finally failed. Brian handed the church and ministry over to his eldest son, then, aged 29. The following years were difficult and extremely challenging for Brian as he adjusted to life after the ministry. It was also during those years that he was able to seriously question and investigate the evidence to support his beliefs. Over a period of time he finally came to the conclusion that he could no longer believe in the existence of God or the validity of the Bible. Brian emerged from this experience finally as a realist, rationalist, skeptic and atheist.
Brian is now retired and spends most of his time writing. His first book - 'From Faith to Reason' first published in 2009 has now been updated and re-edited and was published in September 2011. His second book - 'Rest in Peace & LIVE! - Personal Peace without God' was published in March 2012. Brian's latest book is - Nonsense From The Bible - published in August 2012. All his books are available in both eBook/Kindle format and Paperback.
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