SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith

Viking. Oct. 2019. 384p. maps. index. ISBN 9780735225237. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735225244. REL
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What impact might a pilgrimage on the Via Grancigena, where one visits historical religious sites on a 1,000-mile journey from Canterbury to Rome, have on one’s faith perspective? Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and noted author on historical figures and events Egan (The Worst Hard Time; The Immortal Irishman) pens a reflective and personal work about key events in Christianity and people associated with them. Egan writes as someone who was raised Roman Catholic, but who has experienced doubt as his younger brother and others were sexually abused by a local priest. Yet, now, after many years, he takes this pilgrimage to explore European Christian history (with all its major flaws) with some skepticism but also openness. In so doing, he guides readers along his journey, so they can reflect on his experiences and their own.
VERDICT Readers with interest in the history of Christianity, theology, or apologetics will find this book useful.

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