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Friday, 15 June 2012

Exposing myths about Christianity

This excellent new book is now available on the bookstall at Saint Edward Brotherhood priced £12.50

Renowned historian, Jeffrey Burton Russell, famous for his studies of medieval history, turns to the serious questions that confront Christianity in contemporary culture. Russell examines a wide array of common misperceptions, characterizations, stereotypes, caricatures and outright myths about Christianity that circulate heavily within today's society, and are even believed by many Christians. In a succinct and engaging manner, Russell discusses these errors and provides thoughtful, even-handed, carefully researched and sharp-witted responses. The author sets the record straight against the New Atheists and other cultural critics who charge Christianity with being outdated, destructive, superstitious, unenlightened, racist, colonialist, based on fabrication, and other significant false accusations.


  1. I'm just wondering why you are promoting and selling this heterodox book authored by a self avowed ecumenist, Jeffrey Burton Russell? Here is a link to a video of a interview with the author: About
    minutes 19-21 is where Russell reveals that he is an ecumenist, a preacher of ecumenism and not just one who accepts it! What, pray tell, are you doing recommending this mans book?

  2. I am a farmer's son, and have seen chickens pick out the corn from the husks and credit those who visit our blog with at least as much intelligence as a chicken. Take what is good, beneficial and nutritious, and leave the husks.

  3. I have seen chickens eat the other parts of slaughtered chickens that were thrown into the chicken pen with them

  4. There's a lot of truth in the Jehovah's Witness Bible, too. That doesn't mean we should go picking through it. We have plenty of Orthodox authors and Church fathers who we can read safely.  We don't need to get instruction/edification/inspiration from the heterodox.

    This author is also chiliastic-minded [which is bound up with ecumenism] in his quest for a "heaven on earth" where Christianity is appreciated and respected. This is distracting for Orthodox who are instead trying to prepare to endure persecution in a God-pleasing manner.

  5. Joanna, does this mean that one cannot take the advice of a man who simply wishes to expose myths about Christianity? Exposing myths that can distract Christians and prevent others from becoming Christians (thanks to the myriad of modern superstitions out there) is not an attempt to lure Orthodox readers away from the Church.

    As for enduring persecution - are there only prescribed ways of doing this, or can one endure the work of a "chiliastic-minded" ecumenist to achieve the same ends? Being a Christian these days is difficult enough in the face of the secular liberal consensus. Rejecting a book on the basis that it is heterodox without even reading it strikes me as rather silly.

    "We don't need to get instruction/edification/inspiration from the heterodox" sounds a bit snobbish to me.

    Do Orthodox authors have a monopoly on wisdom?