…is not A for adulteress but rather C for Christian. Mary Eberstadt has written a new book called It’s Dangerous to Believe.
Mary Eberstadt’s powerful new book, It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies, is filled with arresting formulations, like the idea that C for Christian has become the new scarlet letter. Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter was about Puritans and sex, of course, but so is Eberstadt’s. It’s just that her Puritans are “secular.”
The bizarre turn in our culture wars that is America’s debate over transgenderism is nothing if not spectacular. The danger is that the dramatic and seemingly unprecedented nature of the transgenderism controversy is keeping us from making out the big picture. What actually is the position of Christianity in American society at this moment, and how is the Christian dilemma connected to changing views of sexuality? What can and should be done to preserve the freedom of religion that created this country? Eberstadt poses and answers these questions, and I don’t think the debate over religious freedom can rightly take place now without engaging her arguments.