I will read anything about any religion, pro or con. I happily enter into discussions about Christianity or other religions and enjoy conversation on the subject. I will not argue about religion or Christianity, raise my voice, pound the table, scream or do anything along the lines of adversarial, confrontational attacking of a particular religion or believer.
What I find very dismaying about many Christians is that they are absolute, abject, pitiful, pathetic cowards. I say this only about those with which I have had contact, something short of the millions out there. But it seems as if those I meet and talk with are of one mind when it comes to religion. And I suspect that many Christians react the same way.
I, Christians emphasize, should only read religious books of their choosing. After all, the Christians know the “truth” and I am an idiot. Thus, I should read books and writings of C. S. Lewis, R. C. Sproul, J. I. Packer, Billy Graham, others. I do read these authors and others, although certainly not the lifetime output of any of them.
But when I ask them to read the writings of an author whose ideas might run counter to the belief of Christianity, Christians react in disgust. Mention authors such as Christopher Hitchens (GOD IS NOT GREAT), Richard Dawkins (THE GOD DELUSION) or many other works by atheists or agnostics, and they are horrified.
“Certainly I am not going to read that!” they exclaim, acting as if I were asking them to review the pages of Playboy, Hustler, or Penthouse. “I would certainly not read anything like that. That would be against my God!”
OK, let me say it this way to Christians so that they really understand it. You are wimps. You are cowards. You can’t defend your beliefs, so you don’t have any real belief. You are pathetic. You are scared. You probably don’t want to read atheistic or questioning books because you might find something in them with which you agree. If that happens, you might go to hell, with or without a handcart.
In science, one way of getting recognition in your field of endeavor, and also confirmation of your thoughts, hypothesis and ideas is to publish in a peer reviewed journal in the field in which you are knowledgeable. If your results are good, and the experiment proposed repeatable with the same results, then you are on solid ground. If not, then perhaps you have made a mistake or need to recheck your studies and results.
If Christians had a firm solid belief, then reading would make no difference since final proof would be in the books of the Bible and their various concordances. You would be on firm ground as to your beliefs and Christian truthfulness.
The fact is that you are scared – scared to death – to read anything that might counter your cherry-picking and checker-playing trips through the Bible. Cherry picking leads you to believe only what ministers, priests, pastors and such have told you. That’s regardless of their abysmal lack of knowledge about evolution, creation, climate change, heliocentric sun/earth movement, the cosmos, atomic theory, the impossibility of miracles, etc.
Wake up and read. Read anything and everything about religion, science, philosophy, science and realities. Learn. Maybe with enough studying and research into religions, you might find out that you are not a Christian after all. Maybe you are an atheist. Now, did that hurt? Would that be so bad to realize and live the truth?