Russell lived and died long before I was on this earth, but I feel so close to him in philosophy after listening to his essays. He articulates what I have thought and felt since abandoning christianity, and theism in general. I can listen to Russell over and over.
I couldn't resist getting the book that Fox News interjected itself into controversy, to learn for myself what all the bugaboo was about. After getting thru the first chapters I was convinced the detractors of this author are invoking pure animus toward the author while ignoring the merits of the book. Being a former catholic and one who has studied biblical exegesis and theology, I conclude the book is a legitimate socio-historic treatment of the subject. In fact it covers material that would be quite familiar to any New Testament exegetical scholar. Any catholic (Roman, Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran) would likely be right at home with the material. This is not a theological, dogmatic catechism. It's a very interesting treatise that does precisely what the author set out to do - provide a glimpse into the life and times of the historical Jesus, his impact, and place in history as a historical figure.
I highly recommend the work to anyone who is interested in the study of the formation of religions and in particular, the one related to a Jewish man named Yeshua. I would dare to say, had the author submitted this, it would receive an Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from the Catholic Church.
I must preface this review by first saying that I have been following Seth Andrews on The Thinking Atheist Podcast for a couple years. Seth's own journey, as set out in this book, covers many of the same feelings and thoughts that I also experienced in my journey from religiousity to atheism. I am thankful to Seth and his efforts, thru the Thinking Atheist Podcasts, for helping me on my journey. Seth has relay the basis of his deconversion story many times on the podcast. This book, however, gives us a much more detailed and personal insight into that experience.
I highly recommend this book to theist, skeptic, agnostic, and athiest alike. It will hopefully, get you thinking - which has always been the whole point of The Thinking Atheist.
The Audible version of this book is awesomel. Anyone who has followed the podcast, will quickly come to feel right at home as Seth narrates the book in the same casual, familiar, and humorous way as the podcasts.
This is an excellent companion to the written version.
Seth is a voice of reason anyone on a spiritual journey should listen to.
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