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Over a period of nearly two millennia, the Christian Church has oppressed and brutalized millions of individuals. Meticulously researched and courageously written, "The Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe examines the Church's devastating impact upon human freedom, dignity and spirituality. Written for the lay reader, this controversial book is especially relevant today as the religious right is attempting to assert greater influence in American politics and society. "The Dark Side of Christian ...
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Over a period of nearly two millennia, the Christian Church has oppressed and brutalized millions of individuals. Meticulously researched and courageously written, "The Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe examines the Church's devastating impact upon human freedom, dignity and spirituality. Written for the lay reader, this controversial book is especially relevant today as the religious right is attempting to assert greater influence in American politics and society. "The Dark Side of Christian History presents a compelling argument that the Church's desire to control and contain spiritually motivated its persecution of heretics, its burning of libraries, the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the witch-hunts. This dark Christianity ahs left a legacy, a world view, which permeates every aspect of Western society. It is a legacy which fosters sexism, racism, the intolerance of difference and the desecration of the natural environment. -- Midwest Book Review
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  • ISBN-13: 9781626756243
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 4/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 221,414
  • File size: 11 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    An Argument with the Apologists

    Ellerbe's work will be condemned as "anti-religious", but perhaps it is a concept that should be entertained. Here is a religion that gave us the origin of anti-semitism, the butchery of the Inquisition, not to mention the setbacks science suffered,i.e. Galileo, the forced conversons in the colonies, a silence during the Holocaust, and now the coverup of child molestors. All the while most of the faithful know knothing of this history since they are preached to by apologists who, at the very least, refuse to see the evil history of their institutions.Perhaps its time to stop dropping money in the collection plate. In fact Ellerbe makes a strong point to ask for a refund.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

    Sometimes the Truth Hurts

    This was a very interesting book on the history of Christianity. It would be to easy to dismiss this book by simply saying that you have to seperate the religion from the people that use it for their own purposes. While that might help people that find this book a bit to uncomfortable, it simply just doesn't justify & explain the terrible things that have constantly been going on under Christianity. I think a rational thinker will find this book as a very sad story on what has been forced on us by so many people.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing Indeed

    Religious discussions can be emotionally charged. Worse, those presenting points of view often have an undisclosed agenda. Neither is the case with Ellerbe's The Dark Side of Religion. Ellerbe concisely and simply presents the history that organized religion would prefer you never read. That's understandable. The impact of learning these things can be significant and upsetting; for some, perhaps, life changing. This book is best read by adults who have a grounding in history and understand that any organization lead by mortals will have issues over time. Organized religion, in that sense, is no different than the history of organzied political parties, unions or big business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    A broad view of Christian history

    This book represents an new perspective on Christian history. Some freethinkers may see this as 'old hat,' but for beginning 'doubters' this book is an excellent starting point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Interesting but incomplete

    The author does a reasonable job of pointing out that abuses have occurred in the past under the banner of Christianity. She does not however do much of a job of separating the religion from practitioners who commit abuses under the guise of relgion, leading one to wonder if biases on the part of the author led her to write a book whose sole purpose is to attack conservative Christian theology. Objective readers may find interest in this book, but I suspect it will be used primarily by those who wish to bash religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Thanks For Telling It Like It Is.

    This book should be required reading. Let everyone see the 'other side' of their religious history. Brainwashing from birth has worked so well so far that this book will more likely be hidden from everyone, or scoffed at by those who do read it. Anyone who can believe that the koala swam from Mt.Ararat in Turkey to Australia (how else did they get there?) will not want to read this book. It explodes too many myths like that. For the rest of us...... bravo to a refreshing breath of fresh air! Let's hear THE TRUTH, not fantastic myths from the Dark Ages. This book does just that. So, don't go looking for it on the 'best sellers' list (it stabs far too many consciousness' for that) but, for a great read this book is a must.

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