Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense

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Unapologetic is a brief, witty, personal, sharp-tongued defence of Christian belief, taking on Dawkins' The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great. But it isn't an argument that Christianity is true - because how could anyone know that (or indeed its opposite)?

It's an argument that Christianity is recognisable, drawing on the deep and deeply ordinary vocabulary of human feeling, satisfying those who believe in it by offering a ruthlessly realistic account of the bits of our lives advertising agencies prefer to ignore. It's a book for believers who are fed up with being patronised, for non-believers curious about how faith can possibly work in the twenty-first century, and for anyone who feels there is something indefinably wrong, literalistic, anti-imaginative and intolerant about the way the atheist case is now being made.

Fresh, provoking and unhampered by niceness, this is the long-awaited riposte to the smug emissaries of New Atheism.

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'A dazzling account ... This is a wonderful, effortlessly brilliant book ... I part company from him in all sorts of ways. Still, there are only a couple of good Christian polemicists I can think of: Terry Eagleton, the Marxist literary critic, is one, John Waters, the Irish journalist, is another. Now we ve got Francis Spufford. Thank God.' -- Evening Standard

'A refreshing response that highlights the most striking feature of contemporary atheism - its invincible incomprehension of actual human beings. ... Unapologetic is a rare gem, a book that carries conviction by being honest all the way through.' -- Independent

'A remarkable book, which is passionate, challenging, tumultuously articulate, and armed with anger to a degree unusual in works of Christian piety. ... For me, Unapologetic is Spufford's most fascinating book since his 2002 memoir The Child That Books Built, which is saying a great deal. I don't think it will convert anyone... But conversion isn't the point... What's on offer here is vehement thought, ardent expostulation, and the conviction that what Spufford writes about is for him the most important thing in the world, or out of it.' -- Sunday Times

'The point... is to show those on the fence that belief need not mean the abandonment of intelligence, wit, emotional honesty. In this, Francis Spufford succeeds to an exceptional degree.' -- Times Literary Supplement

'The reader is left wanting to hear more from Spufford even while disagreeing with him.' -- Telegraph

'Francis Spufford's short and witty book... explores Christianity from the inside... intelligent, sophisticated.' -- New Statesman

'An encouraging and refreshing read for believers, reminding them of the sense faith can make... it also has the potential to move on the stale and stalled debate between atheism and Christianity in the West... I hope it comes into the hands of many unbelievers, not because it's above their criticism, but because it's worthy of it.' --Third Way

'An act of daring, a message from the frontline of an old and bruising war.' Richard Holloway, Guardian

'The point... is to show those on the fence that belief need not mean the abandonment of intelligence, wit, emotional honesty. In this, Francis Spufford succeeds to an exceptional degree.' Theo Hobson, Times Literary Supplement

'The reader is left wanting to hear more from Spufford even while disagreeing with him.'Christopher Howse, Telegraph

'Francis Spufford's short and witty book... explores Christianity from the inside... intelligent, sophisticated.' Nick Spencer New Statesman

'An encouraging and refreshing read for believers, reminding them of the sense faith can make... it also has the potential to move on the stale and stalled debate between atheism and Christianity in the West... I hope it comes into the hands of many unbelievers, not because it's above their criticism, but because it's worthy of it.' --Third Way

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The antidote to the kneejerk athiest bestsellers from the acclaimed historian and science writer.

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