Has anyone been reading A 21st Century Rationalist in Medieval America by John Bice? I hope so. It’s a very interesting book. I have a few questions to spur a discussion:
Do you feel like the person described in the title of this book? If so, what specific experiences have you had that make you feel this way?
The book is a compilation of columns the author wrote for several newspapers. Have you been inspired to write for your own local paper by reading this book?
Do you think the columns in this book would be accepted by your local paper for publication? Why or why not? (Please specify where you live if you think that’s pertinent.)
Do you think the book (or the columns) would have been better focused without the political topics? Or do you think those topics helped to make the articles better suited to news-oriented media?
In the introduction, Bice says he wrote for the newspaper because he wanted people in his local area to get to know an atheist. The articles were originally written for the general public, with a large Christian majority. The book, however is for unbelievers and skeptics. Which do you think is a better audience for these pieces and why?
I hope this doesn’t sound like a pop quiz. These are things I’ve been thinking about as I read, and I look forward to your thoughts on these questions and anything else the book has spurred you to think about.
John Bice has a new column in today’s paper: Jesus is not returning