I don’t normally put the author’s name in the subject line of a post about a book, but since this book shares its title with a certain recent Rihanna album (with very colorful artwork), I thought it best to be clear.
This post is about an interesting read from an Englishman named Francis Spufford. The book is called Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense. While much of his language proved difficult to navigate at times, I enjoyed his perspective. As he explains the uniqueness of Christianity in England, it almost feels as if he’s writing to us from the future. We can only speculate about what parallels we’ll see in the American version of Christianity with what has happened in places around Europe.
Spufford’s writing leads to some tough sections to get through stylistically, but I loved his transparency and vulnerability in the way he talked about faith. This means that there is a surprising amount of profanity in a Christian book about God, much like Michael Gungor’s book The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse. While this will cause issues for some readers, it also allows for a depth of honesty that is refreshing. Spufford explains it this way: