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.
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Unapologetic is a brief, witty, personal, sharp-tongued defence of Christian belief, taking on Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great.
But it isn’t an argument that Christianity is true – because how could anyone know that (or indeed its opposite)?
It’s an argument that Christianity is recognisable, drawing on the deep and deeply ordinary vocabulary of human feeling, satisfying those who believe in it by offering a ruthlessly realistic account of the bits of our lives advertising agencies prefer to ignore. It’s a book for believers who are fed up with being patronised, for non-believers curious about how faith can possibly work in the twenty-first century, and for anyone who feels there is something indefinably wrong, literalistic, anti-imaginative and intolerant about the way the atheist case is now being made.
Fresh, provoking and unhampered by niceness, this is the long-awaited riposte to the smug emissaries of New Atheism.
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.
Spufford has the great virtue of making the reader want to argue with him, while simultaneously yearning to hear more.
Remarkable, passionate, challenging and tumultuously articulate book ... this is Spufford's most fascinating book.
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.
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