This is my first atheist book, I’ve read.
I have mixed feelings about this book, because it had some really good parts and some really dry parts. And just some parts that went completely over my head and some parts I really could care less about.
Pros: The book is so diverse in structure anybody can get something out of it, because it hits such an array of topics. The beginning of the book which begins with his life as a christian and his de-conversion. It provides a level of comfort for anybody who is or has ever gone through the process of losing ones faith especially from fundamentalist Christianity. My favorite parts were the section on Bible Contradictions, and the discrepancies on the resurrection and the mythological history of the many messiahs. I especially enjoyed those parts. And for anybody who is hard pressed on the civil challenges of atheist or the life of atheism, would really enjoy the last part of the book.
Cons: There were chapters in the book I simply did skip because they were really of no interest to me or just went completely over my head. (i.e. The Sections: The Cosmological Argument, Dear Theologian, and Murder He Wrote.) They weren’t necessarily bad sections, but they were in my opinion dull if the topic was not a major interest to you. For example the cosmological argument is not a big deal. So that section could have been two paragraphs with a simple rebuttal and I would have been fine with that. The section on murder, could have said, “God killed a lot of people, The End.” and that would have been enough for me. They were in my opinion to radical in detail for me to care about that chapter.
Final Thought: The book covers so many things, its hard to walk away without learning something from it. The lesson I found the most helpful….”Never bring up an issue during debate that you are not prepared to defend in-depth.” A simple concept, but still an important one not to be forgotten.