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5.0 out of 5 stars With or without faith - This book is for you., 1 Feb. 2009
This review is from: 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God (Paperback)
I have read a number of books that challenge religious belief from a skeptical perspective. Some take a tenacious and combative tone that would be off-putting to believers; some describe the popular but nevertheless complicated apologetic and counter-apologetic arguments. Such arguments are more palatable to theologians, philosophers, perhaps those who are questioning the efficacy of their beliefs, and those theists and atheists alike who believe their arguments are above reproach.

However whilst I do believe these books are indeed essential given the contest between religious and non-religious outlooks is such an important one, a matter of literally life and death.
It's possible such books will fail to reach the average reader. Neither perhaps would believers find them a comfortable read.
The reason being the vast majority of religious folk believe in something far more basic, traditional, cultural and social than the logic and inventions offered by philosophy and theology.
People trust in their religious beliefs without question, they find comfort and solace in their faith. Most are simply absorbed by the dominate religion within their personal locality. This audience will not be drawn naturally to any book that directly attacks their faith.

Here's why I felt Guy P. Harrison's book is different. Put simply, it's a book that any person of faith can indeed read and appreciate; it's a book that can be handed to a believer by a non-believer without any smugness or arrogance. It's a book that both believers and non-believers will savour equally and find captivating and relevant.
Harrison is certainly uncompromising in his skepticism but is never guilty of being conceited or displaying contempt towards his audience. If you are content within your religious comfort zone but do not necessarily know why then this book will provoke thought, is your religious commitment rational and intrinsically deserving of respect? Is your religion immune from criticism and ridicule?

If you welcome a book that can be read, understood and enjoyed regardless of your religious or non-religious persuasion then this is a book for you. I highly recommend it.
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