Neil comments further, as follows:
Accepting multiple religious paths to God precludes insisting that one is better than another except for myself. And I am something of a syncretist, seeing little conflict, for example, between Kierkegaard’s stages of moral development and those of Xunzi and Confucianism.
I like the Christ of Shusaku Endo (Japanese Catholic) because his Jesus stands beside you, helping you along the path, supporting you in your failures and suffering, as well as meeting you at the end. It’s called The Life of Christ.
Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan, published in 1678, when he was fifty, and ten years before his death, is an important and persuasive book to read on the barriers and temptations along the way. Subsequent to its publication, most European families that had books had at least this one, plus the Bible. It’s been translated into more than 200 languages. There’s a lovely translation from Shakespearean English to modern English. I read it twice.