The University of Toronto Secular Alliance presents:
Losing Faith in Faith: An Intimate Conversation with Dan Barker
Dan Barker is the Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is now the largest organization of freethinkers. He is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. However, what makes his story fascinating is that he began his career as an Evangelical preacher.
At the age of 15, Dan accepted Christ as his savior and a few months later accepted what he felt was a calling to join the ministry. Dan received a degree in Religion at Azusa Pacific University and was ordained into the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. Barker also co-pastored in three different churches, and for eight years he was a cross-country Evangelist. He preached for a total of nineteen years and has over two hundred published and recorded Christian songs that he has composed.
To this end, UTSA has invited Mr. Barker to recall the accomplishments and the struggles of his journey during a presentation at the University of Toronto; in the hope that his story serves as inspiration to those whom are finding the transition from theism to atheism difficult--be it intellectually or emotionally.
With this in mind, we are providing students and the community with a unique and exclusive opportunity to not only listen to Dan speak about his story; but you will also have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Mr. Barker throughout his presentation. What makes this format unique and fruitful--for everyone involved--is that whilst we hope that Mr. Barker serves as inspirational figure to those who are struggling; we also welcome you, and in fact encourage you, to critically question any and all claims made during the presentation. That said, however, I stress that you are free to do so at your own risk; and more importantly, you must do so respectfully.
This event is free to the public and made possible by the UTSA in conjunction with the Centre for Inquiry. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For more information about the UTSA visit: www.uoftsecular.wordpress.
For information about the Freedom From Religion Foundation visit: http://ffrf.org/