I had 7 minutes to spare last weekend, so I stopped by a bookstore and read Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris.
It’s a great introduction to the atheist world for anyone who knows nothing about it. For those who understand the basics (like what State-Church separation is or why atheists feel the way they do about religion), the book might be too basic. It didn’t tell me anything I hadn’t read before, and I’m sure the same goes for many people out there, atheists or otherwise. However, the statistics on how red states have more crimes and divorces than blue states may be of interest to many.
Here’s what really bothers me. On a page completely filled with writing (no gaps, only one new paragraph), I counted 197 words. There are a total of 96 pages in the book.
How short is that?
Well, Tuesdays With Morrie is a fairly quick read. It had 237 words on a particular page filled with dialogue (and the indentations/space associated with it). There are 208 pages in the book.
So Letter to a Christian Nation is not even half as long as Tuesdays with Morrie in terms of pages, with even fewer words.
It’s an essay sold for an exorbitant amount of money ($16.95, full price).
Still, it’s better than nothing, and as I’m writing this, Dawkins and Harris‘ books are ranked 4 and 5, respectively, on Amazon. That’s incredible, considering how books like these are rarely popular.
[tags]Letters to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins, Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, Amazon[/tags]