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(RNS) Francis Spufford’s defense of Christianity, "Unapologetic," is aimed primarily at what he calls "godless Europeans," the post-Enlightenment elites who tend to regard religion with bemusement as a silly fairy tale, if not with open hostility as a dangerous superstition.

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  1. ..the misconception in Amerika is that it was founded as a Christian nation!
    Nothing is further from the truth……………!!!!!! What did the Founding fathers say about Christianity?……

    “Jesus Christ and the twelve apostles are a parody of the Sun God and the twelve signs of the Zodiac!” The Religious Compilations of Thomas Paine

    “There will come a day when the belief in the savior born of a virgin is a credible as Minerva coming out of the head of Jupiter!” Thomas Jefferson

    “No one knows if this jesus Christ existed, and if he did, NOTHING is known about him!” Bertrand Russell 1928

    • Your comment is a poor attempt in revisionist history. The reality is according to historian Robert Middlekauff, Common Sense became immensely popular mainly because Paine appealed to widespread convictions. Monarchy, he said, was preposterous, and it had a heathenish origin. It was an institution of the devil. Paine pointed to the Old Testament, where almost all kings had seduced the Israelites to worship idols instead of God. Paine also denounced aristocracy, which together with monarchy were “two ancient tyrannies”. They violated the laws of nature, human reason, and the “universal order of things”, which began with God. That was, Middlekauff says, exactly what most Americans wanted to hear. He calls the Revolutionary generation “the children of the twice-born”, because in their childhood they had experienced the Great Awakening, which, for the first time, had tied Americans together, transcending denominational and ethnic boundaries and giving them a sense of patriotism.

      Hence, hijacking a political-religious revolution to defend your debunked theory is amusing even entertaining.

      • TRI, Also amusing, but not all that entertaining is the plagiarized content of your comment. You’ve shown you can copy and paste, but can you actually think for yourself and articulate your opinion?
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Paine

    • What did the Founding Fathers say? A good question, but why in the world do you go on to quote Thomas Paine, and even worse, Bertrand Russel? Do you know what a ‘Founding Father’ refers to? Of the three you give the only Founding father was Jefferson.

    • Yes I saw all that on the zeitgeist video too but unlike you I was able to see that the reference that they gave you, like Tacitus not writing about Jesus Christ but simple someone with the title “Christ” (he was talking about the christian god), disproved their own statements. Atheist are dishonest. Even when they know better they will lie thru their teeth just to trick some ignorant person into shoveling their anti-christian lies.

  2. I’m reading the book now, and unfortunately, I don’t find this review does it justice. I would walk right past a book that claimed to be an argument or something anywhere near the form of an apologia. It is a presentation of the Christian faith as an art, an emotional scratch for an itch. As such, it is a moving (and hilarious) medition for people who are already believers. (Though I suppose people who aren’t religious might have their own reasons for appreciating it.) Don’t ignore this book because you could care less about arguing with anyone about your religious beliefs. Buy it because you want to hear a great writer talk about what faith means to him. Yes, unbelieving Europe shows up in its pages, but not because he’s on a grand crusade to prove he’s right.

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