Thank you for your review and the warning about his books of different titles. I am interested to read of this man's evolution from Catholicism to where he is today. I am very glad many times that I was not brought up in an institutionalized religion.
"We learn the sadness, sickness, of giving up the happiness of the one and only life we have for a great, grand, wonderful afterlife that will never be."
I am beginning to see that many atheists like Hitchens and Russell, and now I am learning of this man's writings, are writing against a 'christianity' that was never intended by Jesus Christ. There are many things said in the Old Testament that I think were only superstition, but because of people's limited view of God, ascribed them to Him. Some of the New Testament does not synch with the character of God as we see it in the life of Jesus Christ, whose exact representation He was.
I am joyful in this life, not because of thoughts of an exclusive place with streets of gold after I die, but because a way was made for me to be free of guilt, shame and superstition in this life. I think that the resurrection will be much different than we all imagine - those who take time to think about it, I mean.