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This review is from: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (Hardcover)
I won't summarise the story as many others have helpfully done so here.
What I would add though is that in the book, although Ben does clearly state that all organised religions are false, he still claims to speak to 'God' and therefore acknowledges the existence of a supreme being. In my understanding that would make him a pantheist. That being has no interest in you or I or what we do such that we should do whatever we want to do so as to make ourselves happy during out journey through life. That said, his apprantly pantheistic god has still sent him to pass on the word that we have a chance to save ourselves.
His ideology of love and happiness by itself, while not new, it's not a bad one. Ben delivers this idea to many without the trappings of religion. Sure, Frey is seen as mocking religion but the book would be criticised for being incompletely argued had he not dealt with the glaring holes in religious dogmatism and the troubles and division that religion can cause. There is no easy way to deal with those issues without seeming offensive and I believe in calling a spade and spade. Some of the arguments do come out too scripted as if going down a list but overall I think the book is thought provoking for those who have not been through all these thought processes before or may have just touched upon them. At the end of the day, there's a lot to be said for people at least considering these issues and seeing where their thoughts lead them.