Can I confess something to you? I’ve been seriously struggling with my faith over the past two years. Not in the “I have doubts, what’s a Christian to do?” sort of way. But a serious, reflective struggle that goes way beyond doubts. I could present a whole list of reasons why, but then I’d have to explain each and that would take us far beyond the scope of this post.
It was on New Years Eve 2011 that I bought my copy of The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails with the explicit intention of hearing out these former Christian-turned-atheists. But the book got shelved, other projects came up and took precedence, and my struggle to some extent subsided. But about six months ago my struggle returned and intensified. Then just the other day when I began to pack up my library as my wife and I are preparing to move into our first home, there was the book staring at me and pleading to be read with honesty.
So over the next little while I’m going to read and blog each chapter (article) in the book.
In the Forward Dan Barker writes, “the most important question we can ask any religion is this one: ‘Is it true?'” He goes on to say that the “case for faith is a case for ignorance.” Such us the tone of this book. In your face overconfidence. An absolute surety that the Christian faith is a proof-less and senseless absurdity from people who know, because they’ve been there.
We shouldn’t blame the authors for going into this project with such overconfidence. After all, read some Christian apologetic books from an atheists perspective. No doubt from their perspective we ooze out that same overconfidence.
So are we prepared to seriously pay heed to the question, “Is it true?” Ever since my late teens I have tried hard to allow a quote from Clement of Alexandria to be my motto: “If our faith is such that it is destroyed by force of argument, than let it be destroyed for it would have been proven that we do not possess the truth.”
It is with such a motive that I take up this book.