Michael Savage is known for his brash antics and vitriol. Although I am not a fan of the incessant yelling, I really like his politics. In fact, I haven’t found a major talking-head who I agree with more.
His latest book, God, Faith and Reason, is not the Michael Savage you may have heard. This book is a deep look at his religious experience and the amoral Western world around us.
What the Book is (And what it is not)
This book is not a “come to Jesus” moment. Savage does not do a 180* turn going from staunch atheist to devout believer.
Instead, this book shows the story of a man who has spent his life searching for God. There is still doubt and uncertainty in his mind. There is no evangelical preaching.
Savage repeats that finding God is the “find in itself”. That is, we will never conclusively find proof of God, and we don’t need to. Nevertheless, we must search for God, and in the process of searching we will be rewarded spiritually.
Why So Many Liberals Hate Religion
Atheists used to seem edgy and enlightened to me. They seemed like people who had really escaped group think and didn’t buy into traditional religion or the concept of God.
As I became more educated, it became the opposite. Atheists and fervent haters of religion appeared childish and close-minded, more so than their religious counterparts.
Religion has a utility, in that it helps bind people together from different walks of life. It also instills in them a moral code which they must abide by for the good of their own souls and the well-being of others.
Atheists and agnostics also hate religion as it is an anachronism to the “Do what feels good” line of thinking. Savage writes:
…the reason the hedonists hate religion and hate God is because they see them as holding up a red light to their hedonism. It says, “You shall not do this” and “You shall not do that.”
Abrahamic religions say men can’t have sex with other men, to not to chop your genitals off, to not commit adultery, nor to covet.
The modern left apologetically supports these things and can’t imagine a world without them. Clearly religion stands in their way and it must go.
A Great Book Concept, But Left Wanting More
This book was a nice change of pace from Savage’s political books and ramblings on the radio. As I become more fascinated with God and religion, reading other peoples’ experiences is really welcomed. However, Savage left me wanting more.
The book is fairly short and reads quickly, like all of his other works. Plus, I had heard many of these anecdotes already on his radio show, which takes some of the novelty out of reading. Savage also could have developed more of these sections and stories, and added in more philosophy and deeper thinking. There are also political tangents in the book that distract from the book’s message.
That said, this book has a unique place in today’s world, and it fulfills that role well for now.