Why I Believed

Part auto-biography and part exposé of Ken Daniels' experience and long time belief in Christianity and the questions and answers he's had to ask about with regard to the validity of Christian theories.

Why I Believed

This is a story of a true Christian who believed for nearly three decades, having grown up the son of evangelical missionary parents, later becoming a missionary himself. Yet he slowly lost his faith and now no longer holds it. In this part-autobiography, part-expose, Ken traces his journey from evangelical missionary to secular humanist while remaining part of a committed Christian family. He looks back at a number of reasons he remained a believer for over a decade after his initial doubts began at university, critically evaluating each one in a separate chapter. Whether or not you agree with Ken's conclusions, you will find his journey and his reasons for taking it fascinating and informative. You will end up better understanding, if not appreciating, the mind of apostates whose desire is to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

Challenged Living Our Faith in a Post Modern Age

(Darwin, Darwin, and Barlow 1958, 236). cp. Ken Daniels. Why I Believed:
Reflections of a Former Missionary (Austin TX:Kenneth W. Daniels, 2010.), 323-
324. 6. Daniels, Kenneth W. Why I Believed: Reflections of a King /
CHALLENGED /20.

Challenged  Living Our Faith in a Post Modern Age

My wife and I love our sons unconditionally and equally. Talking with one of them about his atheism has brought me to a new dimension in my relationship with him, to a review of my own christian beliefs, to a more critical examination of the church, and to a different understanding of ministry in today's world. As personal as I make this all sound, my family represents a thousand families, a hundred thousand and more, who have sat in painful silence because religious differences have taken away their voice. They tire of confrontation, angry discussions, verse hurling and jabbing one another with theories over every conceivable divisive issue. It is a powerful idea that those who do not share our faith should know that we do, not so much in our argument as in our love. It is time to listen.

Things I Never Learned in Sunday School

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The Stonesong Press, LLC, 1981) Daniels, Kenneth W.: Why I Believed:
Reflections of a Former Missionary (TX. Kenneth W. Daniels, 2009) Davis, Craig:
Dating ...

Things I Never Learned in Sunday School

For many believers, the preferred approach to Christianity is passive; that is, they would prefer to let church leaders give them answers about their faith rather than engaging in an active pursuit on their own. As a result, traditional doctrines and beliefs are generally accepted without question. This was the path the author followed for over fifteen years. Surprisingly, it wasn't until she left Christianity that she began an in-depth study of the Christian faith. "Things I Never Learned in Sunday School" is the result of her efforts. With nearly 200 reference notes and numerous scripture quotations, she examines the infallibility of the bible, the resurrection, the existence of Satan, the fate of the unsaved, the Antichrist, the end times, even the identity of God. She also provides extensive insight into why Paul played such an important role in establishing Christianity. The final conclusion? Many doctrines taught in Sunday School and church often have little basis in fact - and several are not addressed at all. Some readers may find the contents of this book unsettling. On the other hand, when read with an open and inquiring mind, it could very well result in a spiritual awakening.

A Recipe for Disaster

... How Strange the Bible Is.” http:// christianmomthoughts.com/parents-please-
dont-forget-how-strange-the-bibleis/. Daniels, Kenneth W. Why I Believed:
Reflections of a Former Missionary. Duncanville, TX: K. Daniels, 2009. Davenport
, David.

A Recipe for Disaster

The statistics speak for themselves; record numbers of individuals who at one time identified as Christians are deconverting from the faith and identifying as unbelievers. Why is this happening and what can be done to prevent it? A Recipe for Disaster seeks to answer those questions by focusing on the four ways churches and parents unwittingly contribute to the deconversion process. By over-preparing, under-preparing, ill-preparing, and painfully preparing those they are responsible to disciple into mature believers, churches and parents instead set them up for a crisis of faith that all too often leads to the loss of faith. In response to each of the four methods of poor preparation, A Recipe for Disaster offers a recipe for success, four alternative methods of preparation designed to instill lifelong faith.

First I D Like to Thank God

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black-people-don%E2%80%99t-playlike-hockey. Daniels, K. W. (2009). Why I
believed: Reflections ofa former missionary. Duncanville, TX: Kenneth W. Daniels
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First  I   D Like to Thank God

Do you ever wonder why athletes always seem to thank God, first and foremost, in post-game interviews? Or why they point to the heavens following a home run or a touchdown? This book takes a look at the relationship between top athletes and religiosity (or spirituality) in a number of different ways. It aims to address the issues of when sport and religion began to merge, whether professional athletes are, in fact, more religious than the rest of the population, how a spiritual mindset might (or might not) benefit athletes, and why wearing the same underwear during a winning streak has anything to do with religious faith. These questions are confronted by looking at psychological and sociological studies, conducting original research, and examining exclusive interviews with professional athletes. So what does a player like Jerry Stackhouse think of the culture of faith in the NBA? How does an agnostic athlete view the religiously themed celebrations in the NFL? Are top performers in other walks of life just as religious as top athletes? The results might surprise you.

The Missionary s Daily Text Book With Reflections Biographical Notices Prayers Or Devotional Poetry for Every Day in the Year The Preface Signed H B I e Henry Bailey

Though He had done so many miracles before them , yet they believed not on
Him : that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled , which he spake ,
Lord , who hath believed our report ? St. John xii . 37 , 38 . Were we sure
beforehand ...

The Missionary s Daily Text Book   With Reflections  Biographical Notices  Prayers  Or Devotional Poetry  for Every Day in the Year    The Preface Signed  H  B   I e  Henry Bailey


Prophetic Dialogue Reflections on Christian Mission Today

One Native American woman, Kateri Tekawitha, came to faith, inspired by the
French missionaries and has been declared ... Luther and especially Calvin had
believed that there was no need for more missionary activity, since those who
were ...

Prophetic Dialogue  Reflections on Christian Mission Today


Missionary Herald

This plan she approved , -- " Thus , ” | become a mighty engine of usefulness , —
was say the missionaries , " ends the ... How inwork will afford us considerable
aid in teresting to such as carried forward their settling the orthography of this
language . reflections to ... ly chose the former . ... though their sounds of several
kinds of tickets of approbation ; are heard , and it is believed they would some of
which ...

Missionary Herald


The Wesleyan Missionary Notices Relating Principally to the Foreign Missions First Established by the Rev John Wesley M A the Rev Dr Coke and Others and Now Carried on Under the Direction of the Methodist Conference

I verily believe that if some of these gentlemen could have their way , they would
take down every copy of the Scriptures from the shelves of ... that light of all our
thought , and the other moral lights , which are but feeble reflections of it , will
vanish with it . ... idolatry in its grosser forms is already becoming , in the
judgment of many leading Hindus , a thing of the past - but between Christianity
and Theism .

The Wesleyan Missionary Notices  Relating Principally to the Foreign Missions First Established by the Rev  John Wesley  M A  the Rev  Dr  Coke and Others  and Now Carried on Under the Direction of the Methodist Conference


50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

Why I Believed: Reflections of aFormer Missionary. Duncanville, TX: Daniels,
2009. Dawkins, Richard,and Dave McKean. The Magic ofReality: How We Know
What's Really True. New York:Free Press, 2011. Epstein, Greg. Good without
God: ...

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

“What would it take to create a world in which fantasy is not confused for fact and public policy is based on objective reality?" asks Neil deGrasse Tyson, science popularizer and author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. "I don't know for sure. But a good place to start would be for everyone on earth to read this book." Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation. For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction. Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.

Practical Reflections on Every Verse of the New Testament

... and believed ; but his father was a Greek : 2 . which was well reported of by the
brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium . We are now going to trace out S . Paul '
s second missionary journey . He began it with the desire of visiting his former ...

Practical Reflections on Every Verse of the New Testament


Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle

Still we are encouraged by seeing that the truth as it is in Jesus has been
apprehended and believed at least by a few . During the past six months , twenty
indivi - duals have been admitted to the fellowship of the Church , on a credible
profession ... I replied , that as for the fame of worldly wealth or honour , it was like
the reflection of a flower in a lookingglass , or of the moon in water , a shadow
and false .

Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle


The Missionary Herald

Containing Intelligence, at Large, of the Proceedings and Operations of the
Baptist Missionary Society ... They had He believed that that quarter of a already
sent out to Stanley Pool a good million would produce infinitely greater supply of
tools , & c . , and then ... He said “ That before they separated he just past was
thrown upon the future . wished to have a mutual good - bye . ... The reflection of
the omnipotent protection , but this did not nover come . at all lessen the need of
prayer .

The Missionary Herald


The Banner of the Truth in Ireland

to believe absurd dogmas , whose origin , former missionary career ; first , in
order I felt convinced , were mediæval , by ... were aught else than a feeble
photograph , testimonial you seem so much to require a dim reflection of Romish
ethics .

The Banner of the Truth in Ireland


The General Baptist repository and Missionary observer afterw The General Baptist magazine repository and Missionary observer afterw The General Baptist magazine

The former burying place for the native christians at this station is now , I am sorry
to say , inclosed as garden ground , and a mosque built on the spot . ... when
residing in this neighbourhood , I occasionally met , and who , it is believed , died
“ looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life . ... An English
burying ground in India is a spot suggestive of solemn and melancholy
reflections .

The General Baptist repository  and Missionary observer  afterw   The General Baptist magazine repository and Missionary observer  afterw   The General Baptist magazine


The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad

But it awakened will receive more truth from them than from such reflection as ,
with God ' s blessing , led us . ... as he vent farther thought , as follows : If the
could not believe in the infallibility of the people had waited until the priest had
Pope , the priest would ... About this time she so much of error , so much of
Sabbathmet her former employer , who accosted breaking , infidelity , and
rationalism , calls her ...

The Missionary Herald at Home and Abroad


The Colonial Church Chronicle Missionary Journal and Foreign Ecclesiastical Reporter

reflection . God dwells in the Pope , and he thinks for us . Whatever he declares
in faith or morals is to be received as Divine ... And the infallible utterances of a
fallible council we are expected to believe . ... and which should command , not
submit to dictation , is to the former merely “ private judgment , ” which cannot for
a ...

The Colonial Church Chronicle  Missionary Journal  and Foreign Ecclesiastical Reporter


The Colonial Church chronicle and missionary journal July 1847 Dec 1874

reflection . God dwells in the Pope , and he thinks for us . Whatever he declares
in faith or morals is to be received as Divine ... And the infallible utterances of a
fallible council we are expected to believe . ... and which should command , not
submit to dictation , is to the former merely " private judgment , ” which cannot for
a ...

The Colonial Church chronicle  and missionary journal  July 1847 Dec  1874


The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle

Still we are encouraged by seeing that the truth as it is in Jesus has been appre .
hended and believed at least by a few . During the past six months , twenty indivi
. duals have been admitted to the fellowship of the Church , on a credible ... I
replied , that as for the fame of worldly wealth or honour , it was like the reflection
of a flower in a lookingglass , or of the moon in water , a shadow and * * false .

The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle


The Christian treasury and missionary review

The believer The room that is left for this solemn reflection then does not take his
comfort from his obediis that which keeps us in a ... rest thus obtained , becomes
the root directly believed on , as the only , the sure , the and spring of all that love
and obedience immediate ... what they derive from a reflec - determined to do
with regard to some unknown tion upon past experiences and evidences , I |
sinners ...

The Christian treasury  and missionary review