January 3, 2012

Reading the Christian Delusion

I tend to have a little extra free time in late December and early January than I do the rest of the year, and I've been taking advantage of it by reading what is turning out to be a great book, John Loftus' The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails.

I'm only about four chapters into it so far, but I have to report that David Eller's chapter about the role of culture in religious belief was one of the most interesting things I've read in a long time. He reveals the startling degree to which Christianity has imbedded itself in American culture, so much so that it is nearly invisible. He also explains some of the most formidable barriers atheists will face in reducing the influence of religion. And he suggests that we atheists could learn a great deal by studying the manner in which Christian missionaries spread their delusion among cultures unfamiliar with it. I would love to see many of the ideas in this chapter expanded to form a book, as I think there is more than enough there.

If the rest of this book is even close to being as good as what I've read so far, it is going to be easy to recommend.