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Extravagant charges have lately been laid, or in some cases relaid, at Christianity's door. Christianity encouraged and apologized for slavery. Christianity, anti-Semitic from its outset, refused to prevent or protest the Holocaust, and Pope Pius XII is especially culpable. Christianity has obstructed the growth of science. Christianity has resisted democracy, tolerance, equality, individuality, and all the other values intrinsic to Western culture and the U.S., in particular. The problem with these condemnations is, of course, that they are all false, as Carroll and Shiflett demonstrate by restating the historical record and core Christian teachings and by putting specific events, such as the Crusades, and practices, such as slavery, in historical and cross-cultural perspective. They don't deny genuine wrongdoing by Christians and churches but balance the wrongs with the much larger record of right doing by Christians and churches. They back their presentation almost exclusively with the findings of secular scholars. They write intelligently and uncondescendingly but very accessibly and with enough animation to pull readers into and speed them through each chapter. Superb argumentation. Ray Olson
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"Carroll and Shiflett have written a fine text..." -- Wall Street Journal

"They write intelligently and uncondescendingly...enough animation to pull readers into and speed them through each chapter. Superb argumentation." -- Booklist
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893554155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554153
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, a great book and an interesting read.
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I found this book to be fair, well researched, and easy to read.
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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By J. F Foster on January 15, 2002
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Carroll and Shiflett have done a good job of trying to set the record straight in this book about Christianity, Christians, and the impact of both on human history. It was very refreshing to read a book that goes beyond superficial caricatures to really explore the history honestly. I think the authors mostly succeed in balancing the scales a bit and demonstrate a proud history of the faith that is based on many facts that have long since been forgotten by much of society.
The authors devote one chapter to each specific issue that is analyzed. One of the major strengths of the book is the authors insistence on devoting the first part of each chapter to present the view of the anti Christian forces, whether they be in the media, academia, or cause advocacy. The summation of the anti Christian view is especially illuminating and piques the interest of the reader to hear what the authors have to say about such strongly held views. In my view, the authors succeed pretty well in taking the criticisms on in a succinct and factually based way. Where appropriate, they acknowledge the shortcomings of the church and do not attempt to rationalize these shortcomings away. They lay them out there for the reader to digest. But the authors also introduce a tremendous amount of supplemental evidence that goes a long way toward factually deconstructing many of the more popular negative one liners that people trod out to discredit Christianity.
After reading this book, I think a number of people, if they are open minded and willing to be challenged where their preconceived notions are concerned, may find themselves modifying or even completely rethinking some of the reflex opinions they have held to in regards to Christians and Christianity.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dan Schobert on December 31, 2001
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It might just as well been titled "Setting the Record Straight." In their recent book, Christianity on Trial, Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett take interested readers on a journey of looking at important information in an attempt to show that recent attacks on Christianity (in a broad sense) are unbalanced and, thusly, unfair and incorrect.
Carroll is editor at the Rocky Mountain News and Shiflett, a freelance writer living in Virginia, is author of The America We Deserve. ... .
In some 200 pages the authors take a look at eight subjects where critics of Christianity say the Church has failed. These are: Christianity and the Foundation of the West (Chapter 1), Christianity and Slavery (2), Christianity and Science (3), Christianity and the Slaughter of the Innocents (4), Christianity and the Third Reich (5), Christianity and Charity (6), Christianity and the Environment (7), and Christianity and American Democracy (8). Each chapter begins with a brief description of the typical criticism of the Church. It seems that the case against the Church is presently fairly. The authors next show how the criticisms are unfair and that they tend to present a distortion of what actually took place. In a word, this is a book about history and the attempts by many to re-write history to the extent of painting Christianity as the bad guy.
Carroll and Shiflett do not hide the facts that the Church has, in the past, not always had a perfect record. This was especially true during the Crusades when horrible things were done in the name of Christ. They show, however, that this is not the entire picture; that the horrors of the crusades were not as horrible as we've been told.
Each chapter is an easy read and each shows extensive research to bear.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 2, 2002
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Christianity is often blamed for horrible atrocities in human history, for repressing people, and for holding back the advancement of civilization. The authors do a wonderful job of setting the historical record straight. And they don't do it by white washing history and saying that Christians are completely innocent. They start each section giving the harsh anti-Christian view point. Then they give a balanced presentation of both the faults and strengths of Christians during history.
The book deals with eight topics:
Christianity and the Foundation of the West: Which addresses Christianity's contributions to the ability of the west get out of the Dark Ages and develop the civilization it has in contrast to non Christian areas of the world.
Christianity and Slavery: Which addresses Chritianity's involvement with the slave trade and the contributions Christians made to help end slavery.
Christianity and Science: Tired of hearing how Christianity is anti-science. Here the authors address how Christianity has helped to influence the development of the positive scientific environment that exists.
Christianity and the Slaughter of Innocents: Whenever I am talking with critics of Christianity they always bring up the Crusades, the Inquisition, the killing of Indians in the US, etc., to show what a blood thirsty lot we are. This part of the book addresses the facts related to many of these periods in history. We see the Christian involvement, but we also see the horrors they were fighting and how most of the Christian world was actually doing a lot to prevent deaths.
Christianity and the Third Reich: Was Hitler a Christian and was the Nazi cause a Christian one?
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