***Update***: Bjorn compiled a list of what people are saying about Christians in this thread. It’s not looking so good…
Jim didn’t ask me to write this (or to promote the book), but I’ll tell you why I like it. There aren’t a lot of books I could give to Christians that would help them understand where I’m coming from as an atheist. I could try and give them one of the New Atheist books, but as soon as I do, their defenses are going to immediately go up.
The Outsider Interviews is a book that they’ll actually read. And like. And want to discuss with you.
Jim and his co-authors visited various cities, sat down with people who were gay, non-religious, religious-but-non-Christian, and even Christians who have problems with the church, and they did interviews with them in front of large church audiences.
What you end up with is an honest glimpse of what Christianity means to people who are “outside” the faith — and those who are on the “inside” but aren’t always proud of it. (Interestingly enough, it’s not always easy to tell which is which.)
The book includes a DVD with all the church interviews along with extended commentary from the participants.
Here’s an idea of what you’re in store for:
I have a few copies of the book to give away to readers, so let me ask the question that Jim asks in the video:
If you thought Christians would listen, what would you say to them?
I’d love to hear your responses to that.
A couple rules if you’d like to win a copy of the book: You MUST live in the U.S. (sorry!) and you MUST put the phrase “Banana” at the end of your comment. (If you don’t do that, I’ll assume you’d like to comment but you’re not interested in the prize.)
One entry per person. I’ll select winners randomly from all eligible responses.