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Dan Barker

Dan Barker

  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Former evangelical minister
  • Co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
  • Author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (with a foreword by Richard Dawkins)
  • Author of The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
  • Author of Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning (Foreword by Daniel Dennett). Available December 2014
  • Author of Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide For Young Skeptics
  • Author of Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong: A Guide For Young Thinkers
  • Author of GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
  • Dynamic Speaker and Debater (and singer!)
  • Songwriter/performer with 3 freethought CDs: Friendly Neighborhood Atheist, Beware of Dogma, and Adrift on a Star
  • Frequent media appearances including the Phil Donahue show, Maury Povich, Hannity & Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Co-host of Freethought Radio* 
  • Twitter: @danbarker
  • Has done more than 100 public debates
Mr. Barker became a teenage evangelist at age 15. He maintained a touring musical ministry for 17 years, including eight years of full-time, cross-country evangelism. Following five years of reading, Mr. Barker gradually outgrew his religious beliefs. "If I had limited myself to Christian authors, I'd still be a Christian today" He announced his atheism publicly in January, 1984. He has been a staff member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation since 1987.

Dan is also the co-host of the weekly podcast Freethought Radio with wife Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Dan is available to discuss such topics as:

  • "Losing Faith in Faith," his story of de-conversion from preacher to atheist
  • How to be good without a god
  • The importance of state/church separation
  • Did Jesus rise from the dead?
  • Did Jesus exist?
  • Debating the existence of a god
  • Debating morality
  • Debating evolution
  • Debating the separation of church and state

Dan is also an accomplished pianist and vocalist, offering concerts of freethought tunes.

Dan is available to give presentations via teleconference using Skype or iChat. This option is much more flexible in terms of scheduling, and can drastically reduce costs for your group. If you're interested in this option, just let us know when you request your speaker.
This speaker is sponsored by the
Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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