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Brief Biography of

John W. Loftus


Name: John W. Loftus


  • B.R.E. Great Lakes Christian College, 1977.
  • M.A. Theology/Philosophy, Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1982.
  • M.Div. Theology/Philosophy, Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1982.
  • Th.M. Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1985.
  • Entered but did not complete the Ph.D program, Theology/Ethics, Marquette University, 1986-1987.


  • In the ministry for 14 years as an Associate Minister, Minister, and Senior Minister.
  • President of a local ministerial association.
  • President of a homeless shelter.
  • Taught apologetics, philosophy, critical thinking, and ethics courses as an Adjunct Professor at various Christian and secular colleges.


  • Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity (Prometheus Books, 2008).
  • Why I Became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments (Trafford, 2008).
  • The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (forthcoming).
  • Several articles in Christian magazines and journals when I was a Christian.

Personal: Happily married to the love of my life, who's also an atheist, and with whom I own a small business.

Hobbies: I'm an avid pool player who wrote a book on billiards titled "How to be The Captain of a Winning APA 8-Ball Team." In the American Poolplayers Association (APA) I'm a 7 in 8-Ball and a 9 in 9-Ball, their highest rankings. I have competed nationally in Las Vegas three times. Since 2004 I have written a monthly instructional column for the national billiard magazine, Inside Pool.

Homepage: Founded the Debunking Christianity blog.

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