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April 26, 2005

Former Minister To Discuss Journey To Atheism In UI Lecture

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will discuss his journey from fundamentalism to atheism when he speaks at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium.

The lecture, which is being sponsored by the UI Freethinkers, is free and open to the public.

Barker became a teenage evangelist at age 15. He received a degree in religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. He served as associate pastor at a Friend's (Quaker) Church, an Assembly of God and an independent Charismatic church. He later maintained a touring musical ministry for 17 years, including eight years of full-time, cross-country evangelism. An accomplished pianist, record producer, arranger and songwriter, he worked with Christian music companies and with leading Christian musicians,

However, following five years of reading, Dan gradually outgrew his religious beliefs and announced his atheism publicly in 1984.

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