5/25/2010

Blog Tour: The Last Christian

In this fast paced novel, David Gregory explores the imminently plausible storyline of what 2088 looks like in terms of Christianity in America. In a nutshell: absent. Until Abigail Caldwell emerges from the interior jungles of Papua New Guinea and sets her on the course to re-introduce Americans to Christianity.

Abby's mission intertwines with scientists who are seeking to replace biological (carbon based) brains with their newly perfected silicon brains in order to extend lives essentially forever as well as allow even more addiction to the virtual reality that increasingly dominates people's lives.

This book is a page turner that will keep you guessing to the end. In addition, it provides some fascinating food for thought spiritually.

My only real problem comes from a fairly hard line assertion that the soul is located in the biological brain. But if this is the case, then cloned humans would still have a soul, as they would have a biological brain. And perhaps that might be the case - but it seems to me that soul is more ephemeral than that and shouldn't be limited to one (or any, really) organ of the body. For plot purposes, this is a necessary assertion, but from a spiritual standpoint it's lacking.

Overall it was still a good read - 3.5 stars.

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

2 comments:

Lynellen said...

soul being in the brain would also allow you to abort children with that defect of not having a brain, and would also say that a embryo isn't human until it has identifiable brain cells and thus a soul.

Jen said...

Hey, I just got the audio version the other day. Glad to read a good review - I though it looked interesting.