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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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Francis explains that the biblical concept of sin is not the modern interpretation of jolly sexual pecadilloes but rather the concept of the human capacity to deliberately or undeliberately wreck things, and how Christianity provides the language and beliefs for us to cope with this: he talks about the way monotheism is an externalisation of some shimmering voice that we recognise inside ourselves as 'other'. And that's only what I've read so far.
In fairness, the dilemma posed by `God the Creator' is expressed very comprehensively, complete with all its horrors of evolutionary slaughter and indiscriminate natural disasters. But no solution to this problem could be found, save `holding on to what we have' and `setting aside what is indefensible' in such a God. In particular, no attempt was made to separate out "God the Creator" from "God the Healer", which might offer a way out to some people and Christian sects, such as the Unitarians.
All being said, I must confess my engagement with the style and the passion displayed, making the work still an enjoyable read, save the over-emphasis on four-letter word styling which seemed to me too obsessive. So, all in all, the book is illuminating and still worth reading. Alas, I could not bring myself to rate it higher than three stars, much that I like the author's sincerity and openness.
Guess what? -it says - being a Christian does not make you safe from making errors and "f***ups" (yes, it mentions that word)
I wasn't sure what to conclude at the end of the book -except that we are all part of the human race and should tolerate our neighbour - but what about mass murderers etc. - still motherhood and apple pie for them too? Not likely.
The shortage of paragraphs gives the impression that the book is fast moving - but also shouts at the reader. The shouting affect detracted / distracted me from its content.
I felt like going through it and creating natural breaks myself. At times I was not paying full attention to Mr Spufford's arguments.
An interesting read that is thought-provoking which underlined that Christianity is still on a hazy journey with no QED at the end.