I have started reading Sam Harris’s book The End of Faith. It reminds me of another book I intended to read but didn’t get around to by Bishop Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die. I’m not the best at blogger technology, but here should be links to each book on Amazon.
Harris points out that we have typically made it taboo to criticize someones religion. I think he is right that this is terrible. Christians need to be able to stand up toe to toe with people and explain what they mean by this doctrine or that doctrine. And we need to recognize that Christianity is not stagnant, and if it becomes stagnant, as Spong predicts, it will die.
I’m more interested in reading Harris’s book because it is clear that Harris thinks religion has little to offer him. His book should help me understand in what ways religion is failing people.
I won’t kid you, its a tough read so far. I live with someone who believes religion is just flat evil, and that seems fairly close to Harris’s position. Nonetheless, I think it is an important book for me to read, and I think Matt for turning me on to it.