268pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, No Place, 2022
Theologian, former Christian minister and journalist Dr Johan Retief on his journey from faith to atheism. He argues that the Christian faith is "a mirage" and "the greatest scam in the history of religion".
"Johan Retief is bevy en sy boek weerspieël hoe asemrowend hierdie bevryding is. Hy ontrafel die illusies van onkunde, en die behoefte vir illusie wat so diep genestel is, wat so 'n groot deel van die Afrikaanse psige uitmaak." Professor George Claassen, from his foreword
Retief taught dogma and ethics in Malawi, biblical studies at the University of the Western Cape, and served congregations in Swellendam and Bellville (1982-1989). He later left the church, taught in the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University (2000-2001) and was National Press Ombudsman (2009-2019). He is the author of Media Ethics, an introduction to responsible journalism, and lives on the West Coast.