David Adams Richards
The title of this little book, complete with punctuation, explains a lot. It is not an invitation to debate – that is explicitly foreclosed – or an argument for the existence of God. God is rather a function of faith. The need to have faith in Something (Richards is comfortable with the vague label) is universal, since we cannot abide a meaningless, arbitrary, and cruel existence, and so our faith itself necessitates some kind of divine being. At least I think that’s the point. The exposition here is totally incoherent, drawing heavily on personal anecdotes and scattered readings whose relevance is rarely clear. Interesting for fans of Richards looking for a better understanding of where he’s coming from (in case there are any of you still wondering), but more an exercise in axe-grinding than a defense of principle.