May the Farce be With You by Pamela Sutter was not the book I expected it to be, but I found myself enjoying it immensely as I read. The unfortunate thing about this book, however, is that the people who need to hear it the most are unlikely to ever pick it up and even more unlikely to agree with it. But the thing that is really important to recognize about this book is that the arguments within it are completely backed by logic. Religion is, unquestionably, an emotional creation and response. And as someone who is emotional most of the time, I can understand its pull, but this is one instance in which logic far outweighs emotion. And I truly do wish that more people were able to see that. While I will say that May the Farce be With You was not the book I expected it to be–not as lighthearted as it could have been and filled with a lot fewer comics than I expected–I loved so much about this book.
Now, here’s the thing; May the Farce be With You is by no means perfect. It’s not going to change many minds and definitely has a few flaws. But, at the end of the day, the ideas behind the book are more sound than any argument any religious person could ever make to me. But I will say that the tone of the book is going to insult people. No one wants to be called stupid, and people who vehemently insist their beliefs are facts–a fallacy in its own right–are not going to enjoy being told that they are stupid for believing. You cannot change minds and you cannot get people to think by insisting that they are dumb. That’s just a recipe for creating a stubborn refusal to listen.
I tend to err on the side of atheism with the understanding that, if one day some form of proof is provided in a logical and reasonably understandable way, I am open to changing my mind. I am not agnostic and so I don’t believe that there is definitely something out there. It’s possible, but so are a great deal of other things. I will never support something as a fact without a great deal of logical evidence to back it up. And I completely agree with many of the viewpoints presented in this novel. But I do recognize where some of the language and the way it is presented can come off as arrogant. And this is unfortunate because I wish more people could see the lack of logic that exists within the idea of pure belief, faith, or religion. The arguments made for why a god or gods do not exist are far more reasonable than the arguments made for why they do. But faith refuses to accept this most of the time and while this book does attempt to shine light on these truths, I don’t see everyone accepting them.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.