Maybe you were born to Christian parents and raised as a Christian. Or maybe you are just a part of a Christian nation. You might have attended church regularly, or maybe just on special occasions. If asked, you say that you believe in God, but you really never thought about what that means exactly. You are a well-educated person who accepts the idea of Biblical miracles, but only the more "reasonable" ones. You have read some of the Bible, mostly just parts of the New Testament, but never committed to reading the Bible cover to cover. You are a good person who admires the many "Christian values" as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. But something does not feel right.
In fact, the more you look around, the more you see a world absent of this perfect image of a perfect God. As much as you want to avoid critical thinking and "just let go and have faith", you find that you cannot believe in something contrary to your logic and reason - no matter how much you want to. This might lead to feelings of guilt, insincerity, and/or hypocrisy. Yet you just can't imagine living life without God, and you don't have to.
When you start asking serious questions about God and religion, you begin to see through the stories of people living inside the stomachs of big fish, 900-year-old men, and bodies coming back to life after three days, and understand how man created God, and not the other way around. By daring to question "sacred" religion, challenging your childhood beliefs, and risking eternal damnation (okay, so there might be a minor side effect to reading this book), you will discover an appreciation for religion on a new level, as well as a renewed appreciation for the human race.
Through a unique blend of science, philosophy, theology, and a touch of humor, you will see how you can trust your logic and reason, be true to yourself, and embrace God, not as a being, but as a concept - The Concept.
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"Mostly respectful while challenging the masses"
Bo Bennett gives a good intro to conflicts which a biblical faith is sure to cause to arise in an American mind. The one thing I wish he had a little more of was mention of logical fallacies, though he covered the elementary considerations of these. This might have been perfect if he could have avoided at least half to two-thirds of his mentions of "magic" in place of milder words (IDK, maybe "so-called miracles" -heck, he could have invented a word).
I do agree that teaching children about hell is walking a dangerous line, but may be required in getting some children to behave.
He also could have meandered onto the rabbit trail of the importance of Christians and humanists of a more secular variety forging mutual understandings and friendships based on shared rights in potentially threatened cultures of imbalanced, alleged "tolerance" and changing (dangerous) prerogatives.
Also, if he knew about the success of cohesion which humanists achieve and the success of cohesion which Christians achieve, he might have come out and plainly stated it.
For what it was, focused on someone who is a cultural Christian or a cultural Catholic, even somewhat to a true believer (or hard-liner, if you prefer) this book met it's goals with a minimum of side-lining.
A solid 4☆s for a basically level delivery.
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