Reviewing Religious Books

Religion is a touchy subject for many people.  Religious books are sacred to many people, and any negativity toward them is considered blasphemous, and likely to incite anger.  But as a literary subject, are they open for reviewing?

I think that those who don’t mind the backlash from either side of the fence can go ahead and review them.  But for me, I’d rather avoid that.  Because of one of the reading challenges I’m going to attempt, I will have to read The Bible. That’s a very long book that many people find difficult to finish.  I’ll approach it from a literary and cultural point of view, as I have no interest in the spiritual side of things.  However, I will not write a review.  I have no need to make people angry.

I’ve seen several reviews of religious books on Goodreads, and they were usually either extremely favourable or quite negative.  The positive ones are basically done by religious people who simply agree with what it has to say.  The negative ones are either mocking or actual analyses of the books based on how consistent it is, readability, and more.  Those people are often criticised angrily.

My question for you is this:  Would you attempt a review of a religious book?  Leave a comment.