I know…flashy title that is bound to ruffle some feathers. Good. It needs to ruffle some feathers.
Consider the following title: Why Atheists Are Right. Bet there is no problem with that title for a book. You probably wouldn’t bat an eye or give it a second thought. You’d probably agree with it actually…and at one point, I did. Get a Catholic to say they are right…or even a Christian, and that is usually when the gasps and outrage springs forth. Anger comes forward. Anger usually justified and quite deep, hidden under a layer of logic and reason. Actually, Christopher Hitchens has a book called, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. It’s a flashy title to be sure, and most people of faith disagree that religion poisons everything, yet the book is a best seller and is usually a touchstone for atheistic arguments.
Book description on Amazon shows this:
Columnist, television host, author, and practicing Catholic Michael Coren examines four main aspects of Catholicism as they are encountered, understood, and more importantly, misunderstood, today. For some Catholicism is the only permanent, absolute body of truth, while for others it is the last permanent, absolute body that has to be opposed and stopped. Why Catholics Are Right opens with a discussion of the abuse scandal and the reality of what happened. Coren then traces Catholic history, with a discussion of the Crusades, Inquisition, Holocaust, and Galileo. He looks at Catholics and theology, explaining what and why Catholics believe what they do — Papal infallibility, immaculate conception, the Church rather than Bible alone. Finally, Coren outlines the pro-life position and why it is so important to Catholicism. In this challenging, provocative, and personal book, Michael Coren draws on history, politics, and theology to present the arguments for the truth of Roman Catholicism.
I’ve read the first chapter so far, and this book really isn’t about why Catholics are right and everyone else is wrong. The book seems to be more about trying to make others understand the Catholic point of view. Usually those who disagree with Catholics are not Catholics at all….and most are arguing from positions of immense misunderstanding and distrust. So far, I can’t put the book down…because like most of you, I still have anger and misunderstanding of my own faith that need to be addressed.
So…this seems like a must read for Catholics who need to deepen their own understanding. For those who are outside of the Faith, you also need to read this book in order to bring your own understanding up date. If you hate Catholicism, that is fine, but you’d be a more effective hater if you truly and honestly understood your enemy a bit more.