Very often people who write cynically on religious subjects exhibit very little understanding of the way religious people think. A good discussion of this can be found here. But a good example of this can be found in this review of a new book on Mother Teresa (via A&L Daily). The reviewer notes that the book reveals
some striking information with quite uncomfortable implications for supporters of Mother Teresa. Her devotion to Jesus was a personal attempt to deal with grief [over her father's death], and her dedication to the poor of Calcutta part of her effort towards self-salvation. Similar to many celebrity figures, it was all about me, me, me. This puts her work into a whole new and rather less flattering light.Yes, christians everywhere will be appalled to hear that Mother Teresa dedicated her life to feeding the poor and caring for the sick in order to save her soul. You'd almost think that pretty much the entire message of the Gospels and Paul's epistles were about salvation and dedicating one's life to achieving it.