|The Early Days of a Better Nation|
Thursday, February 14, 2008
It's basically a police procedural set largely in Edinburgh a few decades in the future, after the Faith Wars (current and foreseeable disasters) have been followed by the Great Rejection, aka the Second Enlightenment (not remotely on the horizon but devoutly, if that's the word, wished for).
I had to do a fair bit of reading around the subject of secularism and religion while writing it - hence posts on these subjects over the past few months. Along the way I read a few good books, some of which I'd like to mention.
One of them had nothing to do with atheism. Peter Dorward's Nightingale (US)has been aptly called a 'literary thriller'. The complex plot revolves around the 1980 Bologna Station bombing. Its author is a friend of mine but that's not why I recommend it: it's a gripping read and a deep, dark exploration of political violence in Italy's years of lead.
Richard Carrier's Sense and Goodness Without God is an exposition of naturalism that's worth all the New Atheist books put together.
The website of Robert M. Price has given me a lot to think about. I've just read his The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and am about to re-read it. I'm not exactly convinced by it, but as a demonstration of just how far beyond the standard view the standard methods of biblical criticism can take you, it's quite a ride.