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John W. Loftus (1954–) is an American author who writes about his conversion from Christianity to atheism.

During his almost twenty years as an evangelical Christian and Christian apologist, he experienced growing doubt about the tenets of the Christian faith. In the late 1990s, he experienced a crisis of faith that led him to reject Christianity altogether. He eventually wrote a book laying out his case against Christianity that he published in 2008 as Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. Later that same year, he self-published a companion book entitled Why I Became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments.

His book The Outsider Test for Faith proposes a method for evaluating religious belief from an outsider's perspective.

He founded the website Debunking Christianity, before which he was a contributor to Freethought Blogs, which he left due to differences of opinion.


  • Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Revised & Expanded) Prometheus, 2012. ISBN 9781616145774
  • The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True Prometheus, 2013. ISBN 9781616147372
  • The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails Amherst, New York, Prometheus Books, 2010. ISBN 9781616141684
  • The End of Christianity Amherst, New York, Prometheus Books, 2010. ISBN 9781616144135
  • God or Godless?: One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions. Baker Books, 2013. ISBN 0801015286

External links[edit]


  1. Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics Convention