I am in need of your help on some book recommendations. The other day I was reading the book “Home at Last” by Rosiland Moss. My husband who is not sure what to think or really do with my Catholic journey, asked me if the book had any religious history in it. I know that this does not sound like much of a statement, but coming from my very Lutheran husband it was a huge start. It opened up a dialog (however brief) about the Catholic Church, the reformation, and religious history. I could tell that it pained him to hear me talk about Luther and the split from the church, but I did press on.
The discussion led to him wanting to learn more about reformation, why it occurred and why there are so many different denominations. He wants to know more church history, so I brought up the Early Church Fathers, and recommended that he read and research there. He also wants to know how theologians believe that the different religions were started, such as Buddhism, Hinduism etc. Here is the twist on the last request - he does not want the information to be tainted by any one religion. He just wants what is the theory or fact of how different religions came about. (Ok,some bias might be ok, but he really wants what honestly most Theologians believe).
This is were I could use some help. What are the books (or maybe a web site) that you would recommend?
On the Reformation, Early Church Fathers and on other religions formation.
I cannot express how HUGE this is for my husband to be thinking about any other religion. I think he is finally starting to think about why he is Lutheran rather than just always being Lutheran.
I think often when you are born into a religion you often don’t stop to know why you are that religion, you just are that. I believe that my Catholic journey, though it may not change his religious affiliation, will in turn strengthen his own faith.
Thank you for all of your help with this. I can’t wait to get your suggestions!