What book do you give your dogmatic family and friends? This one!
I wrote Snap Out of It: How to Get Saved from Spiritual Insanity to show readers why and how to exit Christian fundamentalism. It seemed to me that big segments of the population were operating under false assumptions, such as:
a.The Bible is the inerrant word of God, and clearly tells the human race what the creator thinks, wants and how he relates to us
b. Human life began 6000 years ago in the Garden of Eden, where the first humans disobeyed God and fell into original sin, which brought them under the judgment of God, and eternal punishment after death unless they follow the plan of salvation
c. We should take the ideas of Christianity on faith, and not need evidence that the God of the Bible or any god exists, Jesus Christ was a historical person, humanity is under divine judgment, or heaven and hell are real places
The idea, then, is to believe, not question, examine or doubt. In other words, don’t worry that you are basing your life on unjustified conclusions. If ideas taught by the church or the Bible cause gay and lesbians self-hatred or support discrimination…cause division within families and between nations, that is the price we must pay for following “inspired” truth, we are told.
This book is short and easy to read. It examines just enough problems in the Bible to break the spell of biblical inerrancy. I include three short interviews with people who have left Christian fundamentalism, and their words will ring painfully true to the reader. In addition to suggestions for a less dogmatic path, I include several cartoons which express my overall message: Don't be so sure.