Is Christianity more valid than mythology? Didn’t the Bible start as an oral tradition? Ignoring these and many other questions is what we westerners tend to do; we still conform to superstition and traditions as if there were facts. The author dares to show us unapologetically how he preached these beliefs vehemently and without regard to the havoc that they play in many people’s lives and, in this case, in his own life. The intimate look into the internal drama of trying to get rid of his homosexuality using any means available, natural or supernatural, even going thru an exorcism and reparative therapy without any success. The detail and the depth of the narration surprised me as the author doesn’t intend to be liked or if he does, did not achieve it, until the very end.
I finally ended up grateful to him for having written the book, it took guts to be this honest.
I first read The Next One Hundred Years; I thought that the exercise of trying to look so much into the future was too speculative. The Next Decade is, in my opinion, a much better book and given that some of the predictions of the author are already happening, the Russian annexation of Crimea as an example, this book is becoming scarily accurate. More than a futurist book, the author really understands geopolitics and his premise of recognizing that the US is, for all intended purposes, an empire is dead on. He explains the appropriate strategies the US would be wise to follow and gives us a glimpse of what past administrations have done to manipulate other countries into rivalries and alliances with the objective of maintaining balance, the book is not about right and wrong but about what works for maintaining a strong position in the world.
The author obviously decided that enough criticism and negativity was already printed on the Catholic Church as to not waste time doing more of the same, what came out is a very well researched book aimed at proving a point, unfortunately it’s so biased and unbalanced that it’s completely ineffective. It focuses exclusively on the exceptions then aggrandizes the credit of the Church and ignores the “gorilla in the room’’ the church-monarchy-empire system of which the church was always both an accomplice and a parasite. At the end it won’t change anyone’s mind; if you’re a devout Catholic, you’ll love it; if you’re a history professor, you’ll probably hate it.
There is a lot of current information in this book, the author brings in the results of behavioral studies that are often surprising and sometimes contradict what one would (wrongly) assume. I learned a lot by listening to this audiobook and was entertained at the same time, what more can you ask.
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