It all started in early June with a challenge. The Atheist Missionary (TAM) was contacted by a Christian missionary known as da:
I am a convinced theist (new-born christian) and also a missionary. You propose a book I will read, I propose a book you will read. … If your book is convincing you might convert a theist into an atheist and get rid of one of their missionaries. This blog is about convert, isn’t it? So what about cutting the chitchat and getting serious. Who dares?
Ooh, ooh, pick me! Pick me! TAM nearly frothed at the mouth for a chance like this, and accepted this duel of literary exploration.
The books of choice are The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren, well-known evangelical pastor of Saddleback Church, and The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris, a prominent Atheist and founder of The Reason Project. [Enough links for ya?]
I am very eager to catch up on the chapters these two intelligent people have already examined. I think you’ll enjoy their insights and humor.
Da‘s posts are all titled “Why the End of Faith is just its beginning #__” and TAM’s posts are called “Deconstructing The Purpose Drive Life Chapter __”. Until an archive is set up just for these posts, you’ll have to do a little hunting through the monthly archives.