By Lane Noble
I’ve been wanting to blog through a book for awhile now, and I think that I have now found the time to do it. It’s a lot easier to just read through a book and think through it yourself. However, I’ve benefited quite a bit from commenting on various works. Thus far I have commented mainly on YouTube videos.
There is a lot of work that goes into writing commentaries on simpler works such as YouTube videos and other blog posts, which makes it even more difficult to do one on a book.
I’m going to try to release one post a week on this. I’m very excited to be interacting with this work as it tells the story of Julia Sweeney’s long journey of moving from Catholicism to atheism. It really is a fascinating audiobook (I don’t think a physical copy exists), because Julia’s journey from being a devout Catholic to being an atheist doesn’t exactly go the way most stories do. In fact, she dabbles in many different religions, trying to find out the truth about the world and how she should live her life. She also makes some a lot of critiques of the Bible as she studied it in her church.
While Julia’s story is rather unique, I believe that what she thinks and feels in de-conversion story rings true to a lot of people today. I think that as Christians can gain a lot of insight from her story and what she has to say. Particularly insightful is the way that she interacts with the Bible and the way that she tries to resolve the questions that she runs in to.
Are the arguments against God’s existence found in the book substantive? I don’t think that most of them are. Most of the arguments against God’s existence given by any atheist aren’t. Although she does raise some pretty good questions that I think deserve thoughtful answers. The fact is that there are an increasing number of people going through the same thought processes that Julia went through on her journey, and it’s worth exploring so that we can help those in our churches that are, as the phrase goes, “deconstructing” their faith right now.
We as Christians should and can be ready to give a defense of our faith. I believe that thinking through this book can help us.
Check back next week with the first installment of my commmentary on Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God.