By Francis Spufford
Francis Spufford's Unapologetic is a superbly pugnacious safeguard of Christianity. Refuting critics resembling Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the "new atheist" crowd, Spufford, a former atheist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, argues that Christianity is recognizable, drawing at the deep and deeply usual vocabulary of human feeling, enjoyable those that think in it by way of providing a ruthlessly practical account of the grown-up dignity of Christian experience.
Fans of C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, Marilynne Robinson, Mary Karr, Diana Butler Bass, Rob Bell, and James Martin will get pleasure from Spufford's crisp, full of life, and abashedly defiant thesis.
Unapologetic is a e-book for believers who're uninterested with being patronized, for non-believers involved in how religion can most likely paintings within the twenty-first century, and for somebody who feels there's something indefinably improper, literalistic, anti-imaginative and illiberal concerning the approach the atheist case is now being made.
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