If you had told me a month ago that someone could write a book about religion that could be read by both Christians and atheists, and that they could both enjoy it, be challenged by it, and draw a positive message from it without feeling attacked, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, this is exactly what Hemant Mehta has managed to achieve.
My favorite comment may be this one:
… At a time when passions are so high and the issue of religion is so hotly debated in society, Hemant’s book is as timely as anything else. The divide between believers and atheists is strong. Books like The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and The End of Faith by Sam Harris were works that needed to be written, and said what needed to be said. At the same time, they were always going to be received with hostility by devout believers, and that is exactly what has happened.
I Sold My Soul on eBay is a priceless contribution to the effort of breaking down the divide between atheists and Christians, by bridging the gaps between us. In the heat of battle, Hemant has walked calmly on to the field between the warring groups, and shown us what we have in common, and what we should be fighting on the same side towards. He has shown Christians that we can accept them if certain adaptations can be made, including tolerance towards non-Christians. And, not through words, but by example, he has shown atheists that a more diplomatic approach, at least to complement the more outspoken words of Dawkins and Harris, has a vital role to play in the saga.
The review is a very nicely worded piece of writing. It’s worth reading the whole thing, if only to see why Toby thinks this book should be read by Christians as well as atheists.
As always, you can read more thoughts about the book on the review page.
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