Book Review: ‘In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism’

Source: Asia Times

Scott A Shay’s new book explores the arguments and rational reasons to believe in God

“Why should anyone in his or her right mind believe in God?”

The idea for Scott’s new book began over lunch one day with a friend; naturally the conversation turned to faith and God. The friend commented, “We humans can figure out right from wrong for ourselves without the help of some nonexistent god or his or its imagined laws… humanity should not waste time on worshipping some made-up god.”

This struck a chord with Scott, now the author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, which explores a reasonable approach to believing in one God. Scott well known among his friends to be a true believer in one God, says that people generally have three perspectives on the topic of faith.

The first perspective is one that forces God into a mythical creature, alongside Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. The second perspective sees religious belief as a useful emotional crutch, though with no real link with reality and rationality. The third perspective argues that the morality taught in the Bible is outdated for today’s technological world.

Scott’s observes how the New Atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, seem to have won the intellectual debate against the relevance and purpose of God. He counters by offering strong arguments about believing in monotheism and why it’s actually completely rational to be a believer.

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2 replies

  1. Belief in one God is the future of mankind. And most probably majority of Jews and Christians on the planet also preparing to accept Jesus and Muhammad respectively as true prophets of God. Islam as religion with concept of One God will be the main faith of mankind.This what has also seems to be the prophecy of founder of Ahmadiyya who claimed to be the Messiah and Mahdi mentioned in holy scriptures of all the religions. Just a matter of time as things already started unfolding.

  2. Book Review: ‘In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism’>> The reason:> The people are still, in ignorance, having their children baptized, therefore committing the children and themselves for life.

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