But Then My Voice Changed

From Fundamentalist to Nonbeliever: One Man’s Story

by R. Eugene Bales



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/17/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781458205803
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781458205827
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 300
ISBN : 9781458205810

About the Book

From revival meetings held in abandoned storefronts to seminars conducted in university halls, author R. Eugene Bales stumbled his way from youth as a fledgling fundamentalist preacher to adulthood as a nonbelieving academic.


Through a series of essays, he chronicles his spiritual journey that began in a white frame building that housed the Church of God in a dust-blown southwestern Kansas town. Here he learned the books of the Bible, was born again, baptized, sanctified holy, sang specials for Sunday morning services, and preached his first sermon. While attending the University of Wichita and serving as assistant to the pastor in a suburban church, he experienced an epiphany of doubt that collided with the teachings of his boyhood church. Advanced training in philosophy gave him analytical tools that he neededto critically evaluate conceptual underpinnings of religious claims.


In But Then My Voice Changed, Bales explains why traditional notions central to religious faith are fundamentally incoherent. He argues that the evidence of so-called religious experience is a chimaera, and he challenges orthodox pictures of the relationship of the body to the soul; of the continued existence of a conscious, disembodied soul after death; of heaven and hell; of miracles, the resurrection, and the efficacy of prayer.

About the Author

Eugene Bales, a native Kansan and fledgling fundamentalist preacher as a youth, worked as haberdasher, music teacher, and design assistant before earning his PhD in philosophy from Stanford. Professor emeritus of philosophy at Menlo College, and now a nonbeliever, Bales lives in Menlo Park, California, with his wife, Kathleen.