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Posted March 22, 2009
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This is a truly wonderful book written by Gregory, the Bishop of Tours. He attempts to give us a broad survey of the history of mankind as it is known and taught prior to and during his lifetime. I must admit to never having read so much of the bible in multiple settings in such a short time, cross comparing what he had written and how he explained his belief in particular passages with my interpretation. This motivation to outside research makes the book worth far more than one could have thought. He relates beliefs and some, in his opinion, mistaken beliefs. He is as unkind to religious backsliders as he is to the laity. It is a truly magnificent book and I have already given two as gifts to Lutheran ministers and have a third ordered. Another friend and I had an eight hour chit chat about the book and the period. Prior to his question about what I was reading, neither of us had any idea what the other's beliefs were. The book is shy on research as meant by the modern term but very long on one highly educated man's personal wisdom and knowledge. It is extremely enlightening and very provocative in relation to what one knows before reading the book. It is a very touching book in the sense that one becomes aware of how an extremely caring and thoughtful other actually views the world. I wonder if I look at others in the same positive light he used.
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