Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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A unique book, cutting its way ruthlessly through thickets of both religious and anti-religious sentimentality; painfully funny at points, always impassioned and never glib. (Rowan Williams, Master, Magdalene College, Cambridge University and former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Spufford has the great virtue of making the reader want to argue with him, while simultaneously yearning to hear more. (Daily Telegraph)
Remarkable, passionate, challenging and tumultuously articulate book ... this is Spufford's most fascinating book. (Our Choice, Sunday Times)
An interesting additional to the religious cannon ... a refreshing approach, which makes the book far more palatable than the nearly hysterical polemics we have come to expect from both sides. Spufford writes well, and his rationality shines through here. (Sunday Business Post)
Unapologetic is a brief, witty, personal, sharp-tongued defence of Christianity by Francis Spufford, taking on Dawkins' The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great.See all Product Description
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However, 'Unapologetic' is not a case for the defence, indeed it's almost the opposite, it's a deeply personal exposition on the effect that Christian belief has had on Spufford at an emotional level. Quite rightly he has not sought to provide proof or evidence for the existence of God, it is simply a report from inside the mind (and possible soul) of a believer and the writer is fully aware of what this means in the context of his previous work.
Francis Spufford is no fool; his previous works are the result of meticulous research, feverish enthusiasm and a precision in writing that is a joy to read. Whether he is getting inside the minds of polar explorers or imagining the possibility of how the Soviet economic dream might have worked, he is never short on detail, wit and supporting knowledge. 'Unapologetic' is different insomuch as it appears to be written `from the heart' and as such it feels a little like the follow up to 'The Child That Books Built'. Whereas that book explored the constructs created from the borrowed world view of authors this book concerns itself with the personal effect of faith and more importantly the effects on ourselves of our self-awareness when we fail and let others down.Read more ›
I read a fair amount of books about religion, some serious theology, some more devotional spiritual literature; this is neither, and I wish there was much more literature like it. If your tired of the dryness of much theology and the gentility of much Christian spirituality, then this is for you. A real breath of fresh air in the God debate, something that doesn't seem possible I know, but Spufford has done it. It is, first and foremost, a truly passionate book about Spufford's religious life and convictions. He offers no easy solutions to the basic theological riddles Christians have to live with, and in fact spends several pages pretty much demolishing the very idea of theodicy - and what a relief it is too, to find a Christian author who actually doesn't want us to swallow the excuses theologians make for God. This book might actually challenge some Christians as much as it does non-believers, in a good and necessary way. No, this is something else; an unblinking, completely honest, head-on look at what it is that Christianity really means for us, as emotional human beings, rather than as walking intellects.
Some more sensitive souls might be put off by Spufford's strong language and imagery. This would be a great shame, as the book also contains some passages of great lyrical beauty, one of which is quite simply the best description I have ever read of what prayer is actually like.Read more ›
Spufford does make short work of prominent atheists, such as Dawkins, but again, this is his view; not one pressed upon the reader. And it is all the more strong for that. He paints a vivid picture of Christ as he might have been and how he must have been perceived, within the society in which he found himself, and I found this particularly moving. He admits repeatedly that there is no proof for the existence of God; that most Christians - himself included - have frequent doubts. But what he has experienced for the main part does transcend those doubts. Most of all, he brings home the reality (for him) that Christianity makes sense. It is an impossible road to follow, but that that's okay; it is only by reaching for the impossible that we manage, just occasionally, to grasp the possible.
This book is very readable, and at times, I found it hard to put down. And if the language is at times crude, then that fits in with the informal style of the writing, and didn't bother me (although some readers might object). I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Christianity, whether believer or non-believer. Whoever you are, it is likely to make for absorbing, and at times entertaining, reading.
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This is a thoughtful and engaging book that seeks to make emotional sense of Christianity. It deals with difficult topics such as sin, suffering, grace, and love, with imaginative... Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. V. Clarke
Truly awful. He loves words. Unfortunately what he has written belies where he wrote it - in a coffee shop: Hypercaffeinated, and as a result comes out reading a little like a... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dr. Philip Le Dune
Started well, but then descended into the usual babble of going round in circles, trying - and failing - to rationalise and justify his belief. Read morePublished 3 months ago by andabouk
A writer of prose as clear as water yet as tasty as wine. A profoundly helpful self-examination and analysis of the cultural thread of Christianity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Guy Procter
It's easy to find that something still 'makes sense' (particularly 'emotional sense') when you choose to focus on the nice bits and conveniently explain away the genocide, rape,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Gibbons
This is a curious book. The writer demolishes argument after argument for believing in God and specifically in Christian doctrine, and declares himself to be an agnostic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Bernard A. O'sullivan
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Very occasionally a book comes along that makes your normal way of reading books... Read more
This is a very well written and fresh way of looking at the Christian religion. I love this book!Published 10 months ago by Ms. H. C. Swindells
This isn't about true Christianity written for genuine Christians (or objectively minded sceptics for that matter). Read morePublished 10 months ago by P. W. Charnley