Being a young economist in this new age where the study has been moving away from the Neo-Keynsian School of Thought to a “new, modern” Classical approach, I find myself oddly (or maybe not so oddly) drawn to any new way of approaching the “Dismal Science” as it has so cleverly been tagged. The one new age economist I have found to really admire and enjoy reading any of his publications is Steven Levitt out of the University of Chicago and co-author of the widely popular Freakonomics. Recently Dr. Levitt (presume he has his Ph.D.) and Stephen Dubner released a new edition of Freakonomics and have also started a blog which I have been fortunate enough to find. A post recently on the website caught my attention with the title Cut God Some Slack
I find the posting to touch on something so true and that is why are anti-God books so popular. So, why are anti-God books so popular? I am not much of a Christian, though I once was and even though I sometimes despise the thought of organized religion, I never find the urge to pick up a book that tells me why I shouldn’t believe in God. I agree with Dr. Levitt when he says:
Iâ€™m just not that interested in God. Iâ€™m definitely not interested enough to go out and buy books explaining to me why I shouldnâ€™t believe in God, even when they are written by people like Dennett and Dawkins, whom I greatly admire. If I were religious, I think it would be even more likely that I would go out of my way to avoid books telling me that my faith was misplaced.
Now I understand that religion is very polarizing, especially for different sects of religion but do people who don’t believe in God really hate the idea of God so much that they run out and buy these books to remind them? (okay so this again was from Dr. Levitt but I wanted to sound smart!)
I don’t have an answer nor any idea on the answer to this and like I said, I am an inactive Christian. I believe in the idea of God but not how a church would present the idea. The one reason why I wanted to open this blog on this forum is because I know that people who read (or run) this blog have strong opinions on religion but mainly geared towards politics and religion. I look forward to others insight.
Oh by the way, I encourage everyone to read Freakonomics. It is an new and enlightening way to view the world and provides a breath of fresh air to the study of economics.