Friday, April 03, 2015

You Can't Reason Someone Into A Position That Wasn't Obtained By Reason To Begin With

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith FailsThe Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails by John W. Loftus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If being Christian means that you follow the more compassionate teachings attributed to Jesus of Nazareth, then none of these essayists has a bone to pick with you and neither do I. If, however, you have never critically read The Bible, accept it as infallible and think that Christianity is better than all other religions (including no religion at all), then these essayists beg to differ. Some of the essayists do come off as heavy handed, but none ore mean spirited and all of them are done by people with impressive credentials in theology, philosophy, bible studies and history. Most importantly, the authors ask the conservative Christian to take a look at their extraordinary claims from the point of view of someone who didn't grow up being aware of them. From that vantage point, it all seems just as crazy as believing that Thor is in your heart, because you can feel him hammering on your ribcage and besides, there's this book ..... Fundamentalist Christianity is certainly delusional to the point of being pathological, and the authors make a very compelling case to support that claim. Highly recommended for those who measure the validity of a claim through evidence and reason. If faith is your bag, none of this will convince you of anything.

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