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6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization
     

6 Modern Myths About Christianity & Western Civilization

by Philip J. Sampson
 

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In this book Philip J. Sampson dispels six myths about Christianity and Western civilization and results in unsettling conventional wisdom and providing an enlightening look at truth.

How often have you heard the story, for example, of plucky Galileo, armed merely with a telescope and reason, doing battle with a superstitious church only to be condemned as a heretic

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In this book Philip J. Sampson dispels six myths about Christianity and Western civilization and results in unsettling conventional wisdom and providing an enlightening look at truth.

How often have you heard the story, for example, of plucky Galileo, armed merely with a telescope and reason, doing battle with a superstitious church only to be condemned as a heretic and harshly imprisoned? Even though most of the "facts" commonly assumed to be true about this story are just not so, the romanticized myth of Galileo boldly marches forward.

Sampson dispels this myth and five others.

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Mark Noll
"Philip Sampson's altogether helpful book gently deflates many of the important myths of modern Western culture. Sampson first patiently unfolds these myths—like the heroism of Galileo versus the benighted tyranny of the Catholic Church or the mindless colonialism of Christian missionaries versus the noble savagery of indigenous peoples. Then he shows that the myths rest not on facts or reasoning but on persistently repeated stories. For the sharpening of thinking, especially among those who suspect that Christianity has never been as repressive as often claimed, this is illuminating reading at its best."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830822812
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
01/11/2001
Pages:
197
Sales rank:
771,434
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

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Mark Noll
"Philip Sampson's altogether helpful book gently deflates many of the important myths of modern Western culture. Sampson first patiently unfolds these myths--like the heroism of Galileo versus the benighted tyranny of the Catholic Church or the mindless colonialism of Christian missionaries versus the noble savagery of indigenous peoples. Then he shows that the myths rest not on facts or reasoning but on persistently repeated stories. For the sharpening of thinking, especially among those who suspect that Christianity has never been as repressive as often claimed, this is illuminating reading at its best."
Mark Noll, professor of history, Wheaton College

Meet the Author

Sampson is a mediator, family court advisor and research fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of Southampton in England.

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