If you haven't read this book, all you have to know (for the sake of the discussion) is that is a deeply religous book set before the Civil War.
Well, here is my problem: This book is openly Christian, and the author obviously talks directly to a Christian audience. I want to read this book because is historical relevant, but it is hard to read one page without noticing the absurdity of the Christian logic and the depiction of atheists as evil. Somehow you cannot be good without 'God'. I know that the setting made the author talk to a Christian audience, but how do you read this Christian book without losing it?

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Answer - don't bother

Pretend you're studying another culture...you're an anthropologist looking in from the outside. Your objective is not to judge or respond emotionally but simply to observe and to understand what is occurring within the framework of the culture you are studying. Take a step back. Good luck. I have been curious about this book for several years now but fiction hasn't been my thing, of late.

Hope this helps. This is the tactic I use to protect my sanity when visiting Fundietown.

Hey, you're good!

That is actually a very good advice, thank you. And now I have my mom all over me asking me about the book and if I am liking it, etc. She never asks me about what I read and she is still in denial about my atheism, but I will try to finish that book.

your mom sounds like a sweet, well-meaning woman...but i'm sure it gets annoying. I'm glad to hear you'll stick with the book. I wanted to understand the story behind calling someone an uncle tom, but I think skimming a "cliff notes" will do the trick.

What's interesting about this book , is that it attempts to use the Christianity argument against slavery , while the pro slavery side also used Christianity to argue for its position . Proving once again the utter absurdity and capriciousness of religion .
Yes, but what made me crazy that it seems that the author doesn't realize that.

Christianity's guilt goes further back than antebellum American society, Genesis 9:26-27 provided the warrant for racial slavery beginning with Noah's curse against his son Ham and grandson Canaan and their progeny which was to be forever. Christian doctrine and dogma never condemned the totalitarian system of human slavery. So, read that  book with a healthy dose of skepticism.


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