Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History
Who are the greatest Bullies and Saints of Christian History? Would you get them right?
Especially for the Protestants and sceptics out there: Was it all "Dark" in the Middle Ages?
Did Christianity cause problems from the start?
Or are the often cited bad deeds of Christianity really where it went wrong? And have more popular accounts given it a fair telling? Are there other significant good or evil done, that are not well known? This, and more in a very thorough account which will instruct both believers and sceptics alike. While quite long and with 30 pages of references, is still an easy read.
In a brutally honest account , Bullies and Saints is an in-depth look at good and evil of much of Christian History.
While not an academic work, crucially it cites and uses primary sources and/or the recognised experts in the relevant topics. With commendations which include Professors of History, as well as atheist/agnostic experts, and doesn't make any comments or claims which are controversial in the relevant academic fields.
It's not just a list of random events and people. This is partly where it differs from the shorter "For the love of God", which is more topical in its presentation.
It tracks the story of Christianity primarily in the West from the beginning, including tracking how certain ideas developed and gained traction, including for example the idea of a just war which was later used/abused for "holy wars".
Also great is Dickson's honestly which starts the account, about "The day," he says, "I lost faith in the Church" - it was worse than he had believed.
I've enjoyed this longer read which covers much ground yet still easy to read and enjoyable. Another book for a summer read?