Welcome!  This blog describes my personal journey from conservative Christianity to a non-supernaturalist world view.  Below is a list of books by scholars, Christian apologists, and by former Christians and other skeptics that I have read on the subject of Christianity and in particular, the Resurrection of Jesus.  I believe it is important to be familiar with the positions of both Christians and skeptics on these issues.  I would encourage all Christians and all skeptics to read these works.  Highlighted titles have been quoted or reviewed, by me, on this blog:

  1. “The Resurrection of the Son of God” by NT Wright
  2. “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses” by Richard Bauckham
  3. “The Death of the Messiah, Volumes I and II” by Raymond Brown
  4. “Making the Case for Christianity” by Maas, Francisco, et al.
  5. “The Resurrection Fact” by Bombaro, Francisco, et al.
  6. “Miracles, Volumes I and II”, by Craig Keener
  7. “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona
  8. “Why are There Differences in the Gospels” by Michael Licona
  9. “The Son Rises” by William Lane Craig
  10. “The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus” by Raymond Brown
  11. “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Gerd Luedemann
  12. “Resurrection Reconsidered” by Gregory Riley
  13. “John and Thomas—Gospels in Conflict?” by Christopher Skinner
  14. “The Argument for the Holy Sepulchre” (journal article) by scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor
  15. Israel in Egypt” by James Hoffmeier
  16. “The Bible Unearthed” by Finkelstein and Silberman
  17. The Resurrection of Jesus in the Light of Jewish Burial Practices by Craig Evans, (newsletter article) The City, a publication of Houston Baptist University, May 4, 2016
  18. “Has the Tomb of Jesus Been Discovered?” by Jodi Magness, SBL Forum
  19. “Genre, Sub-genre and Questions of Audience: A Proposed Typology for Greco-Roman biography” (article) by Justin M. Smith, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  20. “Cold-Case Christianityby J. Warner Wallace
  21. “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel
  22. “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart Ehrman
  23. “Jesus, Interrupted” by Bart Ehrman
  24. “How Jesus Became God” by Bart Ehrman
  25. “Jesus Before the Gospels” by Bart Ehrman
  26. “Did Jesus Exist?” by Bart Ehrman
  27. “Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus” by Asher Norman (endorsed by Talmudic scholars for its accuracy in presenting a Jewish perspective of Jesus and the Christian New Testament)
  28. “The Book of Miracles” by Kenneth L. Woodward
  29. “Why I Believed, Reflections of a Former Missionary” by Kenneth W. Daniels
  30. “Why Evolution is True” by biologist Jerry Coyne
  31. “Masters of the Planet-the Search for our Human Origins” by Ian Tattersall
  32. “A Manual for Creating Atheists” by philosopher Peter Boghossian
  33. “Can We Trust the Gospels?” by Peter Williams
  34. “The Outsider Test for Faith” by John W. Loftus
  35. “God and the Folly of Faith:  The Incompatibility of Science and Religion by physicist Victor J. Stenger
  36. “Lone Survivors:  How We Came to Be The Only Humans on Earth” by paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer
  37. “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by evangelical apologists Josh and Sean McDowell
  38. “The Case Against Miracles” edited by John Loftus
  39.  “The Resurrection:  A Critical Inquiry” by Jewish author, Michael Alter
  40. “The Blind Watchmaker” by biologist Richard Dawkins
  41. “The Other Gospels:  Accounts of Jesus from Outside the New Testament” by Bart Ehrman and Zlatko Plese (currently reading)
  42. “The Age of Reason” by Thomas Paine
  43. “Conversations With My Inner Atheist” by evangelical theologian Randal Rauser
  44. Lord or Legend?  Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma by Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy


Panel 1


I grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist family.  I prayed to Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and to forgive me of all my sins at the age of nine.  I was baptized shortly thereafter.  During my teen years, I felt a lack of assurance of faith, and once again prayed to Jesus to save me…just to be sure.

In my early twenties I left evangelical Christianity due to a lack of “feeling” God.  Everyone else seemed to feel God “move” them or “lead” them.  I did not.  I decided something must be wrong with me.

In my thirties and early forties I attended liberal mainline Protestant churches from time to time, when I was in the mood for a religious experience, but I was not devout.

In my mid forties I married and had children.  The responsibility of raising children and the thought that I would determine their spiritual/religious views brought me back to fundamentalist Christianity.  I did not want to “lead my children astray”.  I did not want to cause my children to go to Hell.  I joined the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and believed that I had discovered “true” Christianity.

I was very happy as a conservative (confessional) Lutheran.  It is a beautiful liturgical Church.  In this branch of Christianity, my eternal salvation is based on GOD’S act of justification in Holy Baptism, not on my good works, nor on my possession of adequate faith and repentance in an evangelical born again experience.  The doctrines and teachings of the Lutheran Confessions seemed to me to correctly interpret the Bible.

Then one fateful day as I was surfing the internet, I came across the blog of an ex-fundamentalist Baptist pastor turned atheist.  I was horrified to read his blasphemy against my Lord and Savior.  I took it upon myself to bring this “back-slidden sinner” back to Jesus Christ.  I believed that if I just exposed him to TRUE Christianity (confessional Lutheranism), he would see the light and return to Christianity.  How wrong I was!  Four months later it was I who had seen the “light”…

…I had become an agnostic.

What did this former pastor/turned atheist say that convinced me that my cherished, beloved Christian faith was false?  Well, to put it simply, he told me to read the books of former evangelical Christian turned agnostic, New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman, starting with “Misquoting Jesus”.

If you have questions regarding your Christian faith, I would encourage you to read Ehrman’s books.  From there, read this blog and the blogs of other skeptics, atheists, and agnostics; interact with former Christians who have been through the same struggles that you are now experiencing.

And I will give you this piece of advice:  If your faith is more important to you than knowing the truth, don’t read one more sentence of this blog or that of any other ex-Christian blog.  But if the truth—the real truth no matter how cold, ugly, and painful it may be—matters more to you than the comfort and security of your faith, step out of the Christian “bubble” and explore the criticisms of your Christian belief system.  Find out why there are so many ex-Christians, of all denominations, who believe that the Christian belief system is based primarily on assumptions, hearsay, superstitions, and wishful thinking.  There is scant evidence to support the fantastical supernatural claims of this ancient religion.

Above all, think for yourself!  Don’t let anyone intimidate you with fear tactics.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t know enough to make an intelligent decision as to the believability of the central Christian claims.  You don’t need a degree in theology to determine the probability that first century virgins were impregnated by ghosts or that first century dead men really could rise from the dead.  Study the evidence and come to your own conclusions, my friend.

Best wishes on your journey,


Panel 2


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