Minister-turned-atheist visits SLC

Co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to speak.

Leading atheist author and activist Dan Barker is coming to Utah to lecture and sign books this Saturday.

In an event organized by the University of Utah’s club SHIFT, or Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought, Barker will speak about freedom from faith.

Barker was an evangelist preacher for 20 years before announcing his atheism in 1984. He is the co-president, along with Annie Laurie Gaylor, of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group seeks to protect the “constitutional principle of the separation of state and church,” according to

Barker’s crisis of faith was brought on by reading secular books. “If I had limited myself to Christian authors, I’d still be a Christian today,” he said. “I just lost faith in faith.”

When: 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 6
Where: Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium,
University of Utah; 207 Presidents Circle, SLC
Admission: Free
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