Dan Barker

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In existographies, Dan Barker (6- BE) (1949- ACM) (FA:120) (CR:3) (LH:1) (TL:4) is an American evangelical atheist, formerly an evangelical minister (1984), noted for []



In 1984, Barker a former preacher of 19-years, came out, amid a deconversion process, as an atheist, going on a number of talk shows, e.g. Oprah[1]; later followed by publications, such as Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist (1992).

Children's atheism

In 1992, Barker, in his Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong, attempted to pen out a atheism for children type of book, in attempts to differentiate “right” from “wrong” without divine-backing.[2]

In 1993, Baker, in his Maybe Yes, Maybe No, penned out a guide for young people to have an open mind, who fact checks things to find out the truth, rather than blindly accepting everything one hears.[3]


Barker is husband of Annie Laurie Gaylor (FA:112).


Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Barker:

Scientists do not join hands every Sunday and sing "Yes gravity is real! I know gravity is real! I will have faith! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down, down, down. Amen!" If they did, we would think they were pretty insecure about the concept.”
— Dan Barker (2008), Godless (pg. 101)[4]; most-liked GoodReads.com quote[5]


  1. Oprah. (1984). “Dan Barker and Annie Gaylor” (YT), The Clergy Project, Mar 16.
  2. Barker, Dan. (1992). Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong: Guide for Young Thinkers (illustrator: Brian Strassburg). Prometheus Press.
  3. Barker, Dan. (1993). Maybe Yes, Maybe No: Guide for Young Skeptics (illustrator: Brian Strassburg). Prometheus Press.
  4. Barker, Dan. (2008). Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists (foreword: Richard Dawkins) (pg. 108). Ulysses Press.
  5. Dan Barker – GoodReads.com.

Further reading

  • Barker, Dan. (1992). Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist. FFRF Incorporated.
  • Barker, Dan. (2010). The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God. Ulysses Press.
  • Barker, Dan. (2015). Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning. Pitchsone Publishing.
  • Barker, Dan (2016). God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. Sterling.


  • Barker, Dan. (2012). “God Does Not Exist” (YT), OxfordUnion, YouTube, Dec 21.

External links

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