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Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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I was hoping that Spufford's irreverence would let him really cut to the heart and talk about some difficult truths with humor and perspective. Instead it's just more boring liberal Protestant moral therapeutic deism with an edgy tone of delivery. Oprah spirituality dressed up in a leather biker's jacket, trying to look badass. I started to get depressed and had to skim the rest.
It's simply a masterpiece, and like any great masterpiece, demands to be read, and read again. Or even better, heard and heard again.
For this is a book to read out loud - preferably with someone else in the room. Because you won't be able to stop yourself; I have never read a book I wanted to quote from quite as much as this one. It reads like a radio broadcast; a flow of creative consciousness with inescapable logic. I happened to be reading CS Lewis's 'Broadcast Talks' at the same time as 'Unapologetic'; the similarities are remarkable - with the exception of the liberal use of profanity! But profanities always used in context. It's sad that many of a still find language more shocking than truth.
He is also a great story teller. Read chapter 5, and like me, find the gospel coming to gritty life again in a way I wouldn't have thought possible.
You won't agree with his theology all the time - I certainly didn't - but he has done more to restore and challenge my faith than just about any other writer.
Another book I would plead to read.
Altogether, I truly respect him for diving into the philosophy non-fiction genre but I would think that if more trained philosophers would write some reviews, it could only be of benefit to others who are on the same reading level as myself. So, I would say in summary, that if you are a reader who appreciates writers with a "structural and well-organized" frame to their books, then you may find this book a bit stretching. Most anything in the philosophical area is going to stretch the reader's mind but the flow of this book is particularly stretching. Even though my review may seem a bit negative, I did find myself glad to have bought the book. I do hope for more reviews from greater philosophical minds than myself who will be willing to comment more on the concepts Francis offered.Read more ›
For my part, I thought the book was utter rot.
The fact that Unapologetic has been so well liked is deeply troubling to me. It tells me that these reviewers are unaware of the book’s errors. It implies that they are blinded to the deeply troubling assumptions which underlie Spufford’s un-apologetic. As a consequence I am led to suspect that the appeal of the book—its seeming ‘freshness, intelligence, and sensibility’—is grounded in the fact that it is a thoroughly cultural book. I don’t mean that in a good way. It is a book which conforms so readily to the spirit of the present age—sounds so good to the modern ear—precisely because it lacks the distinctive Christian elements which challenge and undercut modern culture. Spufford’s book outlines a fundamentally accommodated Christianity, and because of that, far from being the next best apologetic, it is an insidiously dangerous work. You might like what you read. What you read will not have been very Christian.
So, then, what is the book, and what’s so wrong with it? Perceiving—or rather feeling—the pronounced attack essayed against Christianity by the so-called “New Atheists,” Spufford has penned what amounts to a response to them, attempting to side-step the technical debates which feature prominently in typical atheist-Christian dialogue, and offering instead a ‘novel’ argument about the “emotional sense” of Christianity.Read more ›
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The first chapter or so was brilliant. The writing in general sparkles. The forays into exegesis of the Gospels faltered so badly that I almost awarded just two stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark L Ward Jr
I heard about Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense by (2013) by Francis Spufford from a few authors whom I respect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason Kanz
Review of Unapologetic: Why Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense by Francis Spufford
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I read the whole book and read some parts of it twice and even three times. Even so, I had a difficult time understanding this book and understanding what the author hoped to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Midwest Reader
I suppose we always like books that express our own feelings about religion; however not many say it so eloquently. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lenora Rentfro