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5.0 out of 5 stars Desideratum, April 16, 2010
This review is from: Outgrowing God: Moving Beyond Religion (Paperback)
"Outgrowing God" is a vade mecum for anyone with doubt or who finds it difficult to deal with religious indoctrination.
With extraordinary clarity Alan Jeskin details his evolution from born again Christian to Atheist. His odyssey is so clearly and rationally described most of us will identify with him regardless of what stage of thinking or experience we are in.
Jeskin clearly shows how the Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc. cannot be used as a moral authority by numerous examples of treacherous and irrational ideas taken from the books themselves.
"Outgrowing God" is not just an indictment of Christianity, it shows all religions, past and present to be effete for they all have common characteristics. Jeskin's reasoning is clear and concise. He explains how we are able with our depth of compassion and our capacity for good will, to experience love, friendship, art and each other without the pernicious effect of religious dogma. I consider this a self help book as well as a book of history and rational thinking. I would have bought it for the historical content alone. It is just plain interesting. I couldn't put it down.
Everyone should have a copy of this easy to read book for reference and inspiration. Had I been able to read this book in my adolescence I would have been spared painful years of confusion and feelings of guilt. I know several people that I will be giving copies to.
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