Yes/no question for Christians if you wouldnt mind.......

(23 Posts)
belief Mon 05-Aug-13 22:55:31

If you are a practising Christian would you read this book?

this one

A simple yes or no will do.

I havent got time for a discussion about the subject matter atm but I am interested in your reason for saying either:

Yes I have read it/would be happy to read it
or
No of course I wouldnt read that

Thanks in advance for all responses and if anyone is interested Ill explain the reason for asking. smile
name changed to avoid outing myself!

WotchOotErAPolis Mon 05-Aug-13 22:59:14

Yes - I'd be happy to read it. As a 'trying-to-be-a-good-Christian', I'd be interested in finding out more about Scientology and why someone would want to escape from it. I am led to believe it's a 'bad thing', but so many get sucked into it out of naivety. There must be more to it otherwise, perfectly sane people wouldn't go there?

Armadale Mon 05-Aug-13 23:06:00

Yes I'd read it- I would be interested in her perspective as someone brought up inside the scientology 'church', although obviously I use that word in its loosest possible sense.

I know a fair bit about them from law school (its lack of a God means it runs foul of the definition of a religion for tax reasons so there is lots of case law on it going into why they consider themselves a church). There is a lot of gossip on the web about what it involves but this seems to be written by an insider who would actually know and had many years experience.

timidviper Mon 05-Aug-13 23:08:48

Yes I would read it as I think perspectives on religion and lives within them are always of interest.

I'm interested in why you think a Christian maybe shouldn't read it?

belief Mon 05-Aug-13 23:11:48

I am and I have wink

Yes I'd definitely be interested in reading it.

No. But more because I hate that sort of book not because I'm a Christian.
I'm a Mormon and I read the 19th wife, which was OK but not very accurate about some aspects of our religion,

gaelicsheep Tue 06-Aug-13 01:49:16

I would out of curiosity, not because I am/am not a Christian (which I am I suppose in a cultural sense). I think there are many other books that would be higher on my list though.

Homebird8 Tue 06-Aug-13 01:56:01

No reason why not, but I've got better things to do.

DF is engaged to a wonderful lady who has attended a Scientology church for many years. I found out a bit about it when they got engaged but decided that I would judge her on the content of her character when I met her and I'm glad I did. I read just enough to frighten me but have yet to see any evidence in the life of my DSMTB. She is loving and very connected with family, friends and the wider community. I'm sure it can all go wrong, most religious things can, but not always.

Just wondering why you ask belief ?

Yes I would read it though I've got a pile of stuff to read at the moment so it would wait its turn.

I'm also wondering why the yes or no and what lies behind it if you are able to share belief

Yes, but got dozens of books to read right now

belief Tue 06-Aug-13 10:11:29

Hmm interesting views everyone.

I am a Christian. I home educate.
I am selling some stuff online (mostly home ed stuff)
Someone I dont know sent me this message:

Hello I saw your post on xxx [email group for Christian Home edders]. Are you a Christian?
I had seen your post on another group [non Christian email group] but then stopped looking at what you had for sale when I saw the Scientology book for sale.
(name)

Its no odds to me whether she looks at the stuff for sale or buys. Ive sold over 80% in less than three days (sell it cheap, make it go quick!) and Ive made £175 for several charities. (no profit to me at all)

Send her a message back saying 'My religion stands up to challenge, doesn't yours?. I find all religions interesting'

zzzzz Tue 06-Aug-13 10:35:31

I too am a Christian and HE, though the one has little to do with the other. I can't see any problem with reading that book. confused. I might find it an odd subject matter if you are billing your shop as Christian Home Ed.

Homebird8 Tue 06-Aug-13 10:48:17

There are plenty of people in this world who find life safer if they never take off the blinkers. My faith stands up to looking at the world my creator made.

I speak as a Christian and a scientist, but not a Christian Scientist

belief Tue 06-Aug-13 11:05:51

zzzz - not a shop and not billed as Christian
In fact very few Christian books currently for sale as I havent sorted them yet mostly.

Homebird and Laurie - blinkers and challenge both just what I was thinking!

Im seriously tempted to email her and ask her. I have also been tempted to just send an email back quoting an appropriate bible verse but am resisting!

zzzzz Tue 06-Aug-13 11:31:01

I will have to rephrase that.

I am a Christian and I Home Educate, but being a Christian isn't what drove my decision to HE. Obviously it effects the education I facilitate as it does most of my life.

Sorry I know not interesting, but freaked myself out!

DryCounty79 Tue 06-Aug-13 14:59:52

I'm currently unsure of my faith, but I was a very strict Christian up until recently, and I would have read that book. It's not a religious book, or something produced to try and convert people.

Maybe she just saw 'scientology' and got scared before looking at what the book actually was about. I know quite a few people who are members of my old faith who won't read anything about any other religion but their own, and then it would only be literature produced by their religion.

belief Tue 06-Aug-13 18:22:23

Drycounty - you may have a point there

belief Tue 06-Aug-13 22:09:49

Any more yay or nay votes?

Not my kind of book, personally, but I don't think that's got anything to do with me being a Christian. I can't think of any reason why a Christian would not want to read it otherwise - specialy since it about someone's "harrowing escape" from another religion, rather than praising how great Scientology is. What is there in that to object to?

I'd be tempted to message back and ask why she would feel unable to buy a book from someone just because they happen to have that one listed. OTOH I'd be worried that anyone who bothered to message you in the first place about such a non-issue might be frankly strange. I mean, if she chose not to buy a book from you, she could just do that in silence. Why does she feel the faintest need to talk to you about the fact that she isn't going to buy a book from you?

belief Wed 07-Aug-13 09:37:04

Amuminscotland - exactly
Why did she feel the need to let me know?
It felt like a virtual wrist slap hmm

Except i was too busy laughing too notice grin

Im going to send her a polite reply today

Saffyz Mon 12-Aug-13 20:07:26

Yes I'd read it. The day someone stops being willing to look at all kinds of viewpoints, even just out of interest, is the day they start morphing into a blinkered fundamentalist.

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