I’m a semi – Deist w / agnostic leanings but I find other religions interesting. The Abrahamic faiths, monotheistic ( Judaism, Christianity, Islam ) faiths tend to be less tolerant than their Eastern brethren, & the native belief systems of Africa, the pre – Columbian Americas, Australian natives, etc.
Bring me your vegan monks, your glittering Scientologists, your thirsty cult members yearning to drink Kool Aid. Send these, the Wiccans and the tempest-tost televangelists to me. I lift my remote to the glowing screen, and I watch all of their documentaries on Netflix.
In the spirit of confession, I think most of us fascinated by other people’s religions are more interested in the oddities and the outliers than any real understanding. Yet sometimes in spite of our snoopy intentions, we find ourselves in the midst of a deeply human story. Thank God for that.
In The Accidental Terrorist, author William Shunn recounts the time he spent as your friendly neighborhood missionary in hilarious, exacting detail. The result is a funny, fast-paced memoir that keeps you engaged through to the last pages. By the very end, the disastrous decision that inspired the title seems almost logical. Almost. But not…
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