There are three readings I recommend any religious person when they tell me their faith is unshakeable; The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens and Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell. There have only been two actual times when this advice was taken, in one I got anger thrown in my face, the other…defeat. Speaking on only Russell, he’s tends to do that; make a person question what they thought they held dear. Every reaction to his writings is always priceless. It’s near impossible to argue against solid logic mixed in with the kindness of an old wise man. Russell was good at showing the faults of Christianity and in this piece it was most apparent.
In this lecture, Russell systematically picks apart his non-belief of the Christian myth in a very simple yet adequate manner. Step by step he proves why believing in such a fairy tale is bogus and quite frankly childish. What really gets me going is that he takes it a step further and even speaks on his viewpoint of Christ. He says though the man was a moral compass he technically was a jerk only interested in those who would take his word as doctrine. He states that Christ may have loved all but yet warned that not obeying his will would lead to burning forever in a lake of fire, how nice and loving. From there he continues to show the fallacy that is faith all whole being kind, something most Bible thumpers have a hard time dealing with.