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Writing God's Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616148430
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Published: Prometheus Books - February 4th, 2014

A former African American minister reveals his unusual journey from faith to atheism.

Anthony Pinn preached his first sermon at age twelve. At eighteen he
became one of the youngest ordained ministers in his denomination. He
then quickly moved up the ministerial ranks. Eventually he graduated
from Columbia University and then received a Master of Divinity in
theology and a PhD in religion from Harvard University. 

All the
while, Pinn was wrestling with a growing skepticism. As his intellectual
horizons expanded, he became less and less confident in the theism of
his upbringing. At the same time, he became aware that his church could
offer only anemic responses to the
acute social needs of the
community. In his mid-twenties, he finally decided to leave the ministry
and committed the rest of his life to academia. He went on to become a
distinguished scholar of African American humanism and religious
The once fully committed believer evolved into an equally
committed nonbeliever convinced that a secular approach to life offers
the best hope of solving humanity’s problems.