Wednesday, March 2, 2011

REVIEW: Letting Go of God by Julia Sweeney

by A. C. LaMonica
Letting Go of God

With the CD release of the one-woman show, "Letting Go of God," Julia Sweeney has managed to join the ranks of other prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins, who refers to her performance in his best-seller, "The God Delusion."

Sweeney is best known for her comedic work as the character Pat on Saturday Night Live, however, with the popularity of her auto-biographical show, that could certainly change. "Letting Go of God" is Sweeney's thoughtful yet humorous account of her journey from Catholic to Atheist. Like other ex-Christians, I found many parallels between Sweeney's search for truth and my own. She describes her experience of growing up Catholic as well as the Bible study that allowed her to take a closer look at the faith she always thought she had. Needless to say, that was the beginning of her exploration of other religions and ideas from Buddhism to New Age pseudo-science. 

Sweeney's outlook on the matters of faith and religion is refreshingly light-hearted and sincere. It is presented in a way that is easily accessible and relatable for anyone, religious or not. As a fellow freethinker, I was moved by her words and inspired by her perspective. I highly recommend this to people on their own intellectual journey. "Letting Go of God" has the potential to change the way many people look at their belief and non-belief.

Letting Go of God is a 2-CD package including photos and a transcript of the show.

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