I just finished reading the sequel to Scott Adam’s God’s Debris. This is the book that answers the question that the first book made me ask. It is the usual, “That’s really cool, but what does it do?” question. I get this question all the time. So being an Avatar is a cool thing, but what can you do with it? The Religion War tries to define this while giving the reader a glimpse into a dark and disturbing future.
I am not a religions person by nature. I understand the value as well as the hazards to strong religious beliefs. I have some friends that are quite devout in their beliefs and others who have strong feelings in the opposite direction. Devout Atheist? Most fall into grey areas of private religious devotion. A few are regular church goers. I get along with all of them.
The only people I don’t get along with are the ones who fall into the obsessive compulsive camp. These are the kind of people who slip in a religious references every chance they get no mater how uncomfortable it makes the people around them. I avoid these people like the plague.
I often wonder about how people can be violently religious. It is an idea that is completely foreign to my thought processes. I can’t imagine getting worked up enough to commit an act of violence due to a disagreement about faith. By definition faith is a belief in the improvable. How can this create disagreement? Both parties agree that it is improvable by definition even before the argument starts.
Anyway, I found Scott Adams book The Religion War, to be quite interesting and entertaining. I really like the idea that one person can make a subtle change that effects the world. I also like the concept of a higher level of awareness and how he uses his “powers” to attempt to change the future.
The book is free. So you have no excuse not reading it. Please let me know what you think. At the very least it is a good brain exercise.
I hope reading the book pisses some people off. I think it is important to read something that you strongly disagree with every once in a while. Most books are like preaching to the choir. You buy what you already know you agree with.