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Well worth reading
on 25 December 2006
Keith Ward is a relatively accessible writer, knowledgable and well worth reading. His style of writing leaves something to be desired, but that's only a minor point. In this book Ward explores the defence of religion before the criticism it has endured in recent years by the anti-theists who seek to prove it as dangerous.
This is a short book written to set some relatively straight forward but forgotten or misinterpreted facts in their right place. In light of the fashionable debate between atheists and religous figures about the danger of religious belief (refer to Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins for the atheist perspective), this is a very welcome sober contribution. Religion is not so easy to reduce to the status of a dangerous superstition, it turns out.
Framed simply, how is religion dangerous? If your first answer harks back to the Crusades, there's something in this book for you for sure. Though the value of Ward's work here shines through beyond that.
Having recently heard Ward speak on his promotional tour, I found out that he is an open and smart man. He speaks and writes clearly for the masses, which is valuable in itself, regardless of his conclusions, which incidentally aren't too far off the mark.
If you've been seduced by Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins or Daniel Dennet, give this a go. It won't cost you much, and it will certainly give you an alternative perspective. This is a defence of religion without asking you to convert. It is therefore a smart, ballsy and much needed addition to the ongoing theist - anti-theist debate.