This brief book review from the Washington Post and reprinted here in the Miami Herald caught my attention for two reasons. First, it would be nice to have some new voices in the crowd of atheist-oriented nonfiction. Second, the author of this book, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, is a Christian. Admittedly, I don't usually go out of my way to read books written by Christians. However, I really enjoyed God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It so maybe I should be a bit more flexible in my reading habits.
According to this review, Ray Suarez, author of The Holy Vote, "is offended by the Christian right's efforts to identify their country with their faith." Frankly, I've always been surprised that there aren't many more Christians willing to speak out against this trend. I have met many progressive Christians who will privately express their disdain for the Christian right and their Christian Nationalist movement, but they rarely say anything publicly. Following Wallis in God's Politics, it appears that Suarez is willing to speak out.
My reading list is filled with books from the same distinguished authors (e.g., Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, Lakoff, etc.), but I am always looking to add fresh new voices. I think I'll add Suarez's new book to my list the next time I visit Amazon.com.
Tags: Christian, church and state, politics, religion, atheist, book review