Exposing Myths About Christianity and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.00
  • Save: $2.31 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Exposing Myths About Chri... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This is a used book in very good condition. Shows very light shelf wear to cover edges and two light creases on back cover.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Exposing Myths About Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends Paperback – June 14, 2012


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.69
$10.96 $9.00

Award-Winning Historians
Browse books by celebrated historians including Joseph J. Ellis, Lawrence Wright, and more. Learn more
$15.69 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Exposing Myths About Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends + Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians
Price for both: $41.23

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

[Starred Review] ". . . a model of learning and logic . . . Immense learning and intellectual power packed into a small space, this book is highly recommended for individual readers as well as academic libraries." (Graham Christian, Library Journal, February 1, 2013)

"An astonishingly rich plethora of historical facts and common-sense arguments--a summa of persuasive debating points in popular apologetics." (Peter Kreeft, Boston College)

"Jeffrey Burton Russell is a marvel. An eminent scholar of medieval intellectual history, he has placed his gifts in the service of the gospel, creating in one immensely readable volume an enlightening guide to the Christian experience and a bracing antidote to the follies and willful confusions of our age." (Carol Zaleski, professor of world religions, Smith College)

"If you thought Christian apologetics was an art last practiced in the third century, Professor Russell's lively book will convince you that that ancient art of persuasive, reasoned defense is alive and well. Tackling the many misapprehensions and false assumptions about Christianity that routinely circulate in the modern world, Russell counters with thoughtful and thought-provoking data. Researched with a scholar's attention to accuracy yet written in an accessible style and in a format that facilitates consideration of discrete topics, this book deserves a wide readership among thinking people, Christians and non-Christians, believers and non-believers alike." (Wendy M. Wright, professor of theology, Creighton University)

"This is Christian apologetics at its best--compelling, readable, convincing and informed. Distortions, myths and lazy assumptions are all challenged. Encyclopedic in scope, all the major questions are considered. From gnosticism to evil, from science to the Trinity, Jeffrey Burton Russell demonstrates exceptional competence and mastery of the literature. What C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity did in the 1940s, Jeffrey Burton Russell has done for us. For those seeking and for those who doubt, this is a must-read book." (Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, president and professor of theology, Virginia Theological Seminary)

About the Author

Jeffrey Burton Russell (Ph.D., Emory University) was a history professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1979-1998 where he is now a professor of history, emeritus. He also taught at the University of New Mexico, Harvard, University of California in Riverside, Notre Dame, and California State University, Sacramento. Russell has published numerous books and articles on his area of expertise, the history of theology. Early in his academic career, Russell was honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Harvard Junior Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830834664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830834662
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Gilson on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
The word these days is that Christianity is immoral, unwise, dangerous, deceptive, pro-slavery, anti-women, anti-science, locked in the past, irrationally based, opposed to progress, and otherwise just really wrong. Or, as I have written recently at BreakPoint.org, Christianity is "bad and stupid."

Lately I've been coming to the conclusion that this might represent the most crucial Christian apologetic of our day: to counteract these very myths. I'm grateful to see such a thorough and responsibly handled treatment as this one by Jeffrey Burton Russell.

Russell is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He bears the graceful confidence of one who feels at ease holding his position, which I suspect reflects the fact that he has been tested in it.

Most tellingly, he's comfortable being open with Christianity's weaknesses. Is it a myth that Christianity is anti-Semitic? Well, yes and no. You need not go looking elsewhere for anti-Semitism in Christian history; Russell will tell you about it. And then he'll put it in context. Similarly with slavery, women's rights, and so on. Russell has no new myths to try to insinuate into the record. On the whole Christianity comes out looking okay in spite of all--especially in comparison to other currents of thought, and other social movements.

I can't agree with everything he wrote, especially his overly cautious conclusions concerning homosexuality in the Bible. I know that will come as no surprise to him; he was quite sure, he said, that there would be no way to write on that without raising raising disagreement of some sort from almost everyone. It's a tough topic.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Susan F. Falknor on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Broadly published American historian and religious studies scholar Jeffrey Russell has penned a handbook on the criticisms of the faith that Christians have encountered throughout history and in daily life today.
The personality and wit of the author shine through, making it a sort of Cliff's Notes with soul.
The book is composed of a series of short essays, each devoted to a different myth, for example, "Hitler was a Christian;" "Christianity is outdated and dying out;" "Little or nothing is known about Jesus;" "Christianity is false because miracles can't occur;" "Science has shown that there is no God;" "Religion causes more war and suffering than atheism does;" and "Nothing is true."
And, of course, it is child's play for author of Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and the Historians (1991) to dispense with the myth that "Medieval Christians believed earth was flat."
Crafting a text that is extremely learned, yet lively and easy to grasp, Russell draws with ease on his wide-ranging grounding in the history of ideas, philosophical debates, church history, political movements of the 20th century, and so on.
Russell writes as an emeritus university professor and also as a veteran of interfaith seminars where, we surmise, theological experts may put forward indefensible myths as blandly as young students. He stands up for using the rational faculty and carefully and dispassionately studying historical evidence.
"Myths often arise from bias, which is different from point of view. A point of view is open to discussion on the basis of evidence. Bias, on the other hand, is a prejudice that filters out everything that doesn't fit a preformed conception.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ApologiaPhoenix on September 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Russell's book is a look at 145 claims about Christianity. Something that will strike the reader early on is that while some of these are indeed myths, not all of them are. In fact, I would think a better title might have been "Exploring questions about Christianity." So for instance, let's suppose we take one like "Christianity is boring." Sure. That can be argued to be false. It might have been better to instead have it be "Is Christianity boring?" Now let's move to something like question 99. "Christians believe in Hell." This isn't a myth. Most Christians do in fact believe in Hell. Having it be "Do Christians believe in Hell?" would make this far better. While the majority of chapters are "myths", some are not and to cover all of them, it would be better seen as saying this book is meant to explore questions about Christianity.

This one can be a hit and miss book. There is always a problem when people too often try to cover a wide wide range of topics. Inevitably, some will be treated less well than others will. The ones that are strongest will be the ones that are within the subject matter of the writer. Russell is a historian so lo and behold, he does excellent on history. When it gets to issues that could have different opinions are can be controversial, such as social ethics issues like compromise, Russell often says that Christians have different viewpoints on this matter.

It certainly is true that Christians can, but most Christians reading something like this will hope for a more conservative approach I think. To go for an in-between ground area can be a turn off for the reader.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Exposing Myths About Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends
This item: Exposing Myths About Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends
Price: $15.69
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: shapiro contested will