To conclude my attempt to overtake The Raytractors on my day off, I have a question for both atheists and Christians:
If you are a Christian, recommend one book that you think all atheists should read. If you are an atheist, recommend one book that you think all Christians should read. Briefly describe why they should.
To the Christians: if you agree to read my recommended book, I will agree to read your recommended book.
Here are some rules:
* You can only recommend one book
* You cannot recommend a book that someone else recommended.
My Entry: Age of Reason (1793-1795) by Thomas Paine
Why: Paine argues against the validity of the Bible using reason and also the Bible itself. In the first part of the book (there are two parts), he begins with a rejection of the Bible based on the idea that no supreme being would ever communicate to humans using a book. Why? Not only because it is vulnerable to tampering, but also because it inevitably must be translated. Not only that, languages naturally change over time and with that, the meaning changes over time as well. This part was done while he did not have a Bible in hand.
The second part of the books opens with a rejection of the Bible based on not having any credibility due to anonymous authors. He does this using only the Bible itself. Using textual criticism, he shows that Moses wasn't the author of the books attributed to him, Joshua was the author of the books attributed to him, and so on. This part was done while he had the Bible in hand.
It isn't a long read and is easy to read.
It is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. -- Thomas Paine, Age of Reason