An Abbots Langley vicar is publishing his new book this month.
Peter Waddell, who is Vicar of Abbots Langley and Bedmond in the Diocese of St Albans, will release his book Broken Gospel?: Christianity and the Holocaust on November 24.
The book is a re-examination of Christianity’s core beliefs in the light of the church’s complicity in the Holocaust.
In the book, Vicar Peter Waddell suggests the church must face the history that paved the way for the Nazi genocide, and the sins of omission and commission as it took place.
He told ABBOTSnews: “The questions faced in the book are the ones that worry me most about faith: why can religion turn out so badly and what does that mean for its truth? Why didn’t God act to stop the Holocaust? Does it make any sense at all to speak of forgiving the killers, or should we hope they are eternally punished?
“Far too much Christian talk just glides over questions like these. I wrote Broken Gospel? to face them head on.”
Vicar Peter Waddell will be hosting a lunch event for his new book in St Lawrence Church at 11am on Saturday, December 17. The Bishop of St Albans is attending and everyone is welcome to come along to find out more.
The book is available at www.jamesclarke.co/product/broken-gospel-christianity-and-the-holocaust