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A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith
I enjoyed Egan's descriptions of the route itself, both the towns that he passed through and the natural beauty through which the Via passes. On the religious or theological levels though, I was disappointed in Egan's approach. He is not merely a skeptic, but is outright antagonistic to many elements of the Church that he considers, dismissing them in advance rather than giving them a fair hearing. The reasons for his attitude do become clear over the course of the book, and his reflections at the end of the route have more depth and more charity than at the start. His initial preoccupation with the news of the day and current cultural shibboleths was also rather disappointing. For instance, I could not help but feel it an opportunity wasted when he was talking to the Abbot in a Benedictine abbey that he chose to ask about the latest terrorist attack and Macron rather than anything about the Abbots life or anything of substance.
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