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Bullies and Saints – An honest look at the good and evil of Christian history

AN HONEST LOOK AT THE GOOD AND EVIL IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY

by John Dickson

Bullies and Saints - Book by John Dickson

Is religion a pernicious force in the world? Does it poison everything? Would we be better off without religion in general and Christianity in particular? Many skeptics certainly think so.

John Dickson has spent much of the last ten years reflecting on these difficult questions and on why so many doubters see Christianity as a major cause of harm not blessing. The skeptics, he concludes, are right: even a cursory look at the history of Christians reveals dark things therein–violence, bigotry, genocide, war, inquisition, oppression, imperialism, racism, corruption, greed, power, abuse. For centuries and even today, Christians have been among the worst bullies you could ever imagine.But the critics are only partly right: this is not what Christianity was at its foundation or on its best days. Jesus of Nazareth gave the world a beautiful melody – of charity, humility, and human dignity – and while many of its followers have been tone-deaf, many others have sung the tune and transformed the world.  Dickson provides an honest account of the mixed history of Christianity and asks skeptics to listen again to the melody of Christ, despite the discord produced by too many unbelievers.  He also asks Christians to reflect soberly on their own participation in the tragic inconsistencies of Christendom and pleads with them to live in tune with their Maestro.

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Interviews

Interview with BibleGateway

Audio

John reads Chapter One

 

Title: Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look At the Good and Evil of Christian History

Author: John Dickson

Copyright © John Dickson 2021

ISBN 978-0-310-11836-7 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-0-310-11937-1 (international trade paper edition)

ISBN 978-0-310-11936-4 (audio)

ISBN 978-0-310-11837-4 (ebook)

Publisher: Zondervan Reflective

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