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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Book of the Week

I am only allowed to read one book a day, or else I get nothing else done! This book actually took me two days, cuz Julie and the boys were over for most of the first one.

I did have fun with them tho! I made Julie help out with the cotton candy.

The Science of Good & Evil
Michael Shermer

I really enjoyed this book, especially his explanation of evil, and about the animal rights movements. The discussions of "us vs. them" and different experiments were good also. I found it interesting that the facts totally contradict the current view that America was once a Christian nation that has lapsed into secular debauchery. In fact, if you think America is more messed up today than 100 years ago, you might take into account that the number of Christians rose from 25 percent to 65! As he says:
"if America is going to hell in an immoral handbasket, it is happening when church membership is at an all-time high and a greater percentage of Americans (90-95 percent) than ever before proclaim belief in God."
He also talks about how absolute morality leads to absolute intolerance....

So, that is the Book of the Week!

1 comment:

  1. sounds good - I'll have to look for it. It reminds me of another quote that I read recently:

    "Christianity is at its best when it is peculiar, marginalized, suffering, and it is at its worst when it is popular, credible, triumphal, and powerful." - Claiborne/Hess in Jesus for President

    I can definitely think of lots of examples of hate and intolerance and .. all done in the name of Christianity.