Louisville, Kentucky—Martin Thielen, the author of the best-selling book What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian, illustrates the dangers of religion that is judgmental, anti-intellectual, and legalistic. In The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion (Westminster John Knox Press), Thielen explains that there is an alternative to abandoning religion: good religion. While addressing the growth of the new atheism movement and the “Nones” (people that have no religious affiliation), this book argues that leaving religion is not practical, not helpful, and not necessary.
In his introduction, Thielen writes, “A growing number of Americans are starving for an alternative to negative, closed-minded, judgmental, partisan, antiwomen, antiscience religion. Instead, they are searching for a positive, grace-filled, open-minded, gender-equal faith option.”
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Martin Thielen is author of the best-selling What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? He writes columns for MinistryMatters.com, Circuit Rider, and Net Results and is Senior Pastor of Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee.