book review: Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation is written by unapologetic atheist, Sam Harris.  It is a short read that, while addressing Christians in particular, decries all religion as being equally unbelievable.  While I am not an atheist myself, I found that I couldn’t come up with good arguments against him.  Some of his arguments are: 1) many Christians believe that those who don’t believe in Christ will go to Hell.  Many other religions have similar beliefs. Those other religions also have sacred texts that support their beliefs and who is to say which religion is correct?  2) There is much evidence to support evolution.  Some argue in support of intelligent design by saying that something must have created the Big Bang to spark the creation of everything.  Doesn’t it stand to reason then that there was something else that created this thing that caused the spark?  3) There are many inconsistencies and contradictions in the Bible.  If the Bible isn’t taken literally, anyone can interpret whatever they want from the Bible.

There were other points brought up, but those were the ones that stuck with me the most.  Whether or not you are Christian, it is an interesting read.  It’s good to challenge your beliefs once in a while and to question why you believe what you believe.

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