Author: Preston Jones (editor)
Type: Non-fiction, single subject (debate)
Full title: Is Belief in God Good, Bad or Irrelevant? A Professor and a Punk Rocker Discuss Science, Religion, Naturalism & Christianity
I read it: September 2007
This is the common man’s jumping point for theological discussion. On one side is Preston Jones, a Christian history professor and Bad Religion fan. On the other side is stated band’s lead singer and devoted student of biology, Greg Graffin. The book is an edited account of their amicable albeit argumentative e-mails over the topics of God, religion, naturalism, atheism, philosophy, evolution, and so on. I tend to lean toward Graffin’s assessments on almost all topics, but I admire Jones for his support of intellectualism. (Many Christians might not like to think about aspects of the religion that he brings up, but this would make for healthy discussion. He agrees that there are few Christians who use their mind to analyze the religion that they claim to adhere to.) In the end, no questions are answered, but many are brought up. Very worthwhile to read front to back or just skim through, as the book is split up into general topic sections. Pick it up if you have ever wondered about the g-o-d.