Maybe they should have written a fiction novel instead of trying for the non-fiction label themselves. They would have needed more of a plot, though.
I read this defense of the antagonists faith from the novel, Opus Dei the other day. I gotta tell you, he doesn’t convince me that the behavior makes sense, or that I would want to sign up for that kind of self abuse. What he does convince me of is why the church is so desperate to retain membership that they would do some of the things that they’ve been accused of doing of late.
“You want me to inflict pain on myself so that I can experience some spiritual growth? Uh, no thanks, dude.”
I would suspect that, if you believed that inflicting pain on yourself will lead to your long term benefit, you might come to believe that inflicting pain on others might be to their long term benefit. Sounds pretty sick to me.
I’m looking forward to watching the upcoming movie made from the book. I can’t quite picture Tom Hanks in the lead role, but the clips I saw on the news story seemed pretty interesting.