Whatever your religious affiliation, what’s the first book you’d recommend to someone on the other side to open up a conversation to get them to eventually switch teams?
In other words, your pick doesn’t have to be a knock-out punch for your beliefs, it just has to open up a chink you plan to exploit later. (Though if you’ve got a sure-fire book recommendation, for either side, by all means share). I’ve certainly heard both sides cite the Bible.
Back when I was dating a nice Catholic boy, his team had plenty of books to recommend (some of which I got around to), but I had fewer to pass back. And I tended to have Christians quote to me C.S. Lewis from Surprised by Joy that:
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere… God is, if I may say, very unscrupulous.
So what would you guys bring to a faith fight? Please mention in your comment the religious belief you’d be trying to bring people round to and a bit of an explanation of why this book feels so well suited to your purposes. If you think your recommendation works only on a particular target group, that’s fine, just tell us which sect you think is susceptible.
Because GEB is about cognition and computer science, I do feel like it’s a particularly good grounding for a discussion of human nature and telos. Trying to duplicate or improve human reasoning makes us ask a lot of hard questions about “what a piece of work is Man” and I’m largely in agreement with C.S. Lewis that human nature is the readiest tool at hand to start a study of philosophy.