This is my post phase post.
This is a book of emails back and forth between Greg Graffin, Bad Religion front man(who also has a Ph.d in zoology) and Professor Preston Jones of John Brown University in Arkansas. Jones was a fan of BR’s music, as well as a Christian, who also has issues with the modern day (my words) christian organization.
So, I think this was a hard book for me to figure out how I felt about it. Being a atheist and a Bad Religion fan, I wanted to read it as unbiased as possible. It really isn’t very hard as Jones is clearly a smart guy, and never comes across as an ass, in fact there was a time or two that I felt Graffin came across as more of an ass.
To be fair (before I go into this) Jones (who also edited the book) starts off with a forward that explains the structure of the book, as well as say’s that some people may find it hard to read. I love the premise of this book, Professor writes to a musician/colleague with conflicting personal views, as a fan, and what follows is a back and forth dialog that makes both participants think in different ways on how to argue with one another. Though, this didn’t start with the intent of it being published.
I wish I could say that both sides made valid points, but, personally, I can’t. It’s mainly based I think on the fact that you are going to be inclined to agree with the idea you already agree with. So there are parts that get a little hard to read because you just get frustrated at the rhythm of the discussion, “why is he acting like that don’t make sense” or “C’mon! Why didn’t you say??” are feelings you can’t help but having I think, no matter what side your on.
I am mainly writing this because I DO think this is a wonderful book for anyone who is trying to find how they feel about belief in god and or “ultimate” purpose. I also feel that this book is (and was probably meant to be) perfect for students who are writing on the subject not to mention the abundance of reference material given for both sides of the argument.
This is my first sorta kinda bookish review, so whatever.
I give it a 7 outta 10