Shelves: core , religion , borrowed , italian Last Tuesday morning, a year old woman jumped from the 27th floor of the building where she used to work. That building was just across where I work. She was there, lying on the pavement, lifeless, headless. When she jumped, her head caught one of the ledges of the building and so her head got severed.
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Shelves: core , religion , borrowed , italian Last Tuesday morning, a year old woman jumped from the 27th floor of the building where she used to work. That building was just across where I work. She was there, lying on the pavement, lifeless, headless. When she jumped, her head caught one of the ledges of the building and so her head got severed. For almost the whole morning, her body was just there waiting for the investigators.
Her head, her limbs, her organs were scattered along the pavement, along the street. People were watching, Last Tuesday morning, a year old woman jumped from the 27th floor of the building where she used to work.
People were watching, taking pictures, talking to witnesses. I was there on the 18th floor, watching her and the people, looking down. If I were God looking down from where I was, where was I in all of these?
What did God think when the woman was about to jump? What was He thinking when her head got severed? I was reading this book that morning before going to the office. His life was fresh in my mind prior to witnessing the incident. So, I could not help but wonder where was God in all of those. Life of Christ by Giovanni Papini was first published in Papini was an atheist when he was born.
Then he was converted to Catholism and wrote this book. Solely based on the Scriptures, he wrote this book with the intention of introducing Christ to the non-believers or those who do not know Him. So, the book is in the prose form and it does not have footnotes or references to the Holy Bible you know, the book titles, chapter and verse numbers. So, the reading is easy because the narratives are free-flowing just like any other standard novels. Papini also chose not to preach and so this book felt like a biography.
Being a former atheist, it really made me wonder how he could write with all the conviction and seemingly inspired thoughts. I have been a Catholic since I was baptized seven months after I was born, but I could not write as brilliant as Papini in this book.
I have been a practicing Catholic since the first time my mother brought me to church when I was a toddler. I go to church every Sunday and during days of obligation. I have read the Bible from cover to cover. I also know that God gave us the rational mind to decide for ourselves.
But this is easy to think about or to say. But when you are looking at the reality, when you are face-to-face with senseless death, you still ask: "why?
Papini lived a rustic, lonesome childhood. At that time he had felt a strong aversion to all beliefs, to all churches , as well as to any form of servitude which he saw as connected to religion ; he also became enchanted with the idea of writing an encyclopedia wherein all cultures would be summarized. Trained at the Istituto di Studi Superiori —2 , he taught for a year in the Anglo-Italian school and then was librarian at the Museum of Anthropology from to He would later join the staff of Il Regno ,  a nationalist publication directed by Enrico Corradini , who formed the Associazione Nazionalistica Italiana, to support his country colonial expansionism.
Life of Christ