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5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE, October 28, 1998
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This review is from: The Dark Side of Christian History (Paperback)
The Dark Side of Christian History is one of those rare finds. This book was written in a concise fashion and details the horrors, both spiritually and physically, that the early Church visited upon members of society. I found Helen Ellerbe's research to be thorough, citing many historical documents and publications. Contrary to a statement made by another reader, this book is highly accurate and credible.
Many individuals have no knowledge of the atrocities committed by the church. Without understanding these events, we can never progress beyond them. The era of the Inquisition and the Witch Hunt is over, but religious intolerance is still with us, rearing its ugly head. With the help of provocative books such as this, I believe we can move past religious intolerance - once and for all.
On a final note, I am Wiccan, and although I believe that present-day Christians should not be held responsible for the Church's brutality of the past, I would like to see our Christian brothers, sisters and leaders acknowledge, accept and learn from these events.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2011 3:57:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2011 4:00:42 AM PST
Ard Fhaidh says:
Hello A Customer:

If you are still around maybe you can help. An anti-American radical Islamist cited this book in an attempt to deflect criticism of Jihad's abominable human rights record. I'd like to have a better appreciation of the quality of this book. Can you give me a better understanding of this book and its author. Given that Ms. Ellerbe is a doctrinaire radical feminist, and follows a form of feminism that focuses on the theory of patriarchy as a system of power that organizes society into a complex of relationships based on an assumption that "male supremacy" oppresses women, one would expect that Ms. Ellerbe would craft an ideologically 'coherent' narrative. But is that narrative accurate? Is it true? Mind you radical feminists are Post-Modernists and as such believe that there is no objective "truth" and that arguments for objective truth are patriarchal social constructs. Tell me why you believe someone should trust research whose aim may well be the telling of a volkische narrative? Radical feminism aims to challenge and overthrow patriarchy by opposing standard gender roles and the male oppression of women and calls for a radical reordering of society. It would seem as though Ms. Ellerbe has produce an ideological polemic in the service of such a radical feminist goal.

Radical feminist "women's studies" are notorious for their ideological content and woeful historical research. See here: Professing Feminism: Cautionary Tales from the Strange World of Women's Studies Can you support your positive assessment of this book in greater detail? Provide if you can Ms. Ellerbe's qualifications for such a sweeping historical essay as presented in this book.

In particular, can you explain how Ms. Ellerbe addresses the "Burning Times" and the Inquisition?


BTW: Much valuable historical research has been done on the"Burning Times" and the Inquisitions in the post-WWII era.
This is reputed to be the best on the Witch Hunts and Inquisition: The Witches' Advocate: Basque Witchcraft and the Spanish Inquisition (1609-1614)

These are among the best on the Inquisition: Inquisition and The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision

Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 10:47:44 AM PDT
M. Cat says:
Of course he won't answer your questions, that would mean he would actually have to read the book. But you knew that already. :)
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