A really great book on religion. The book doesn’t set out to tell you want to think, he just talks about many of the truths of religion and lots of the things deeply religious people try and hide or ignore. All this with an angle of "I’d like to believe but what about this". If this book massively offends you then to be honest you’ve probably got your head in the sand. To everyone else it is a really well written book with lots of humour that you can agree or disagree with. Even better, it’s ready by Marcus himself.
I really loved some of these chapters. I think Marcus Brigstocke has a nice relaxed style where he is very open about his life and experiences, and why they have caused him to seek religion. He avoids the celeb autobiography self indulgence whilst doing it.
However I was so angry with some of his polemic. It's not funny to ever suggest that people become paedophiles because they are celibate. It's not only wrong, but it's a dangerous point of view to even espouse, let alone try to get a laugh out of. It really undermines and insults the experiences of the real victims of sexual assault, the vast majority of which happens in families, or family friend groups. The fact is that those who may abuse children are attracted to all sorts of jobs that involve working with them. That's all there is to it. I just felt enraged at the jokes about priests, and the highly misogynistic rants about nuns, there was no excuse for that, at all. The church's failings in dealing with abusive staff is a very different issue, and he could have spoken about that, but chose to be cheap and tedious instead. People's sexual preferences do not change if they don't have sex, is Marcus trying to say that a dry spell will lead people to start fancying children? It's a load of unscientific nonsense.
Really spoilt what was shaping up to be a very charming book, and I feel very disappointed that such a clever person can be so out of order.