The time: last week, Friday evening.
The place: Borders Books.
As my wife and I wandered around our local Borders Books browsing, I came across something you don’t see every day.
In the Christian Books section of the store, there was a prominent display. In the display, not unexpectedly, were a number of books about faith, Jesus, prayer, and Christian spirituality. Then, something incongruous caught my eye.
On the second shelf of the display, surrounded by all these books purporting to tell people how to be a better Christian or how to live a more spiritual life, I saw this: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett.
At first, I thought it had to be some smart-ass customer placing this skeptical book there among the religious books. I picked up a copy, and behind it were a couple of other copies, neatly sitting there. No, it had been placed there by the staff.
Some non-religious staff member having a bit of fun with the display? Or is this book classified under religious reading by distributors?
Either way, it was somewhat refreshing, if a bit odd, to see it there. I wondered how long it would be before someone complained about it, and made a mental note to see if it was still there the next time I was in the store.