I was at the used book store and wondered off into an unfamiliar area…and found these two books.
They are certainly not my usual reads but I was curious and, completely on impulse, took them home.
‘The Catholic Church: A short history’ by Hans Kung is a historical chronicle of the Catholic Church. It explains what happened to make this church what and how it is today. What I found fascinating was the facts about how the Catholic Church reacted to historical events, such as the Holocaust and how people and councils made and formed it. It explains people such as Martin Luther, the Second Vatican Council and how and why they happened. It was like getting an inside perspective. I found the book riveting.
‘Why I became an Atheist; by John W. Loftus‘ explains the journey of the man from ordained minister to atheist. When I picked up the book, I had questions, mainly, I wondered what it would take for someone to do such a change in their beliefs. Mr. Loftus explains just that without trying to convince the reader. This book isn’t an attempt at indoctrination, rather an explanation of why someone changed their mind in such a profound way. I found it fascinating.
Certainly, these are not my usual reads but I find reading about people and what they believe really interesting. And I read these books all in one afternoon. They’re really a fascinating read.