Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Loser Letters

Just finished reading The Loser Letters by Mary Eberstadt. A great read, I highly recommend it. It is funny, satirical, biting, full of hip slang (Mary has 4 children in the teen years, with lots of teen culture going on in her house).



The author is a young woman, raised as a Christian, who loses her faith at university, becomes sexually active, lives with a druggy boyfriend, becomes pregnant, and has an abortion against her wishes. The boyfriend leaves her. Out of guilt and remorse, she overdoses and ends up in a rehab.

Each chapter is a letter to prominent atheists, furthering their cause, by pointing out to them the flaws in their position. She advises them to stay away from certain topics, because their logic is flawed and because the other side, the Loser side as she calls believers, have so much more going for them. Areas such as music, art, literature, architecture, all the really great stuff was done by believers.

In conclusion, she wishes them well but she chooses to go back to believing, because God or Loser, is the only reality that explains her guilt, shame and remorse. And because Loser is the only one who might love her unconditionally just as she found she loved her aborted baby.

This is a great read. I want to give it to every young university student who mocks religion and then ask them to rebut it. Eberstadt is extremely well-read (her references to authors is very long, she is familiar with all of her opponents) and she knows the believing counterparts - Augustine, Aquinas, Sheen, and on and on. She would be a formidable opponent in a debate.

The book is quick, an easy read, I am going to read it again right away as there is so much packed into such a short book. And I highly recommend it.

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