Why is Pi attracted to Christianity in Life of Pi?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Pi explains his attraction to Christianity fairly early in the book.  The first time he approaches a church, he sees that there is a priest who "sat there, his expression serene....(52).  Then there is a long passage in which Pi describes how he feels as he observes the priest in the church:

I was filled with a sense of peace....[W]hat arrested me was my intuitive understanding that he was there -open patient -in case someone, anyone, should want to talk to him; a problem of the soul, a heaviness of the heart, a darkness of the conscience, he would listen with love. He was a man whose profession it was to love, and he would offer comfort and guidance to the best of his ability (52)

While Pi finds the Christian "story" puzzling and alien, the priest's explanations and treatment of Pi are quite appealing to Pi.  If a person receives a feeling of peace, love, and acceptance, that certainly explains why such a religion would attract him. This also demonstrates how very powerful a first impression can be!