Bearing False Witness

In this powerful and persuasive book Rodney Stark subjects these and other widely-held beliefs to a rigorous historical assessment.

Bearing False Witness

Bearing False Witness

The following historical statements all appear in well-established textbooks, and have become part of our common culture. Which of them would you say are true? * The Catholic Church incited and actively colluded in nearly two millennia of anti-Semitic violence, and Pope Pius XII is still rightfully known as ‘Hitler’s Pope’. * Only recently have we become aware of ancient and remarkably enlightened Christian gospels, which narrow-minded Catholic authorities tried to suppress. * Once in power as the official Church of Rome, Christians quickly and brutally persecuted paganism out of existence. * The fall of Rome and the ascendancy of the Church precipitated Europe’s decline into a millennium of ignorance and backwardness, which lasted until the Renaissance. * Initiated by the pope, the Crusades were but the first bloody chapter in the history of unprovoked and brutal Christian colonialism. * The Spanish Inquisition tortured and murdered huge numbers of innocent people for ‘imaginary’ crimes, such as witchcraft and blasphemy. * The Catholic Church persecuted and tried to suppress scientists such as Galileo, and the Scientific ‘Revolution’ therefore occurred mainly in more tolerant Protestant societies. * Being entirely comfortable with slavery, the Catholic Church did nothing to oppose its introduction in the New World, or to make it more humane. * Until very recently, Catholicism’s hierarchical view of the ideal state has resulted in its bitter resistance to all efforts to establish more liberal governments and its eager support for right-wing dictators. * It was the Protestant Reformation that broke the repressive Catholic grip on progress and ushered in capitalism, religious freedom and the modern world. In this powerful and persuasive book Rodney Stark subjects these and other widely-held beliefs to a rigorous historical assessment. He gives a compelling account of how each of them became accepted as the conventional wisdom, how egotism and ideology often worked together to create false or highly distorted pictures of people and events, and how we need to work hard to recover the truth if we’re to undo the cultural damage that centuries of anti-Catholic history has done. Contents: 1. Sins of Anti- Semitism 2. The Suppressed Gospels 3. Persecuting the Tolerant Pagans 4. Imposing the Dark Ages 5. Crusading for Land, Loot, and Converts 6. Monsters of the Inquisition 7. Scientific Heresies 8. Blessed Be Slavery 9. Holy Authoritarianism 10. Protestant Modernity

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Bearing False Witness
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Rodney Stark
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-16 - Publisher: SPCK

The following historical statements all appear in well-established textbooks, and have become part of our common culture. Which of them would you say are true? * The Catholic Church incited and actively colluded in nearly two millennia of anti-Semitic violence, and Pope Pius XII is still rightfully known as ‘Hitler’s
Bearing false witness
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Harriet Henry
Categories: Conduct of life
Type: BOOK - Published: 1942 - Publisher:

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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour
Language: en
Pages: 86
Authors: Julius Charles Hare
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02-05 - Publisher: Forgotten Books

Excerpt from Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour: A Letter to the Editor of the English Review Clear of the downright falsehood: but he insinuates it repeatedly, in the shuffling manner which characterizes the whole article, complaining of my eulogizing a sceptic and an infidel, while he
The Qualifications of Evidences, and the Pernicious Effects of Bearing False Witness, Briefly Considered. A Sermon [on Exod. Xx. 16] Preched at the Assizes Held at Norfolk, ... March ... 19th 1735/6
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Thomas PIGG
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1736 - Publisher:

Books about The Qualifications of Evidences, and the Pernicious Effects of Bearing False Witness, Briefly Considered. A Sermon [on Exod. Xx. 16] Preched at the Assizes Held at Norfolk, ... March ... 19th 1735/6
Bearing False Witness
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Leon D. Brathwaite
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-17 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

A cancer is metastasizing within Christianity, and the traditionalists in our faith are nourishing its malignancy. The works of these disciples of deception began more than fifteen hundred years ago, and you know them not. To this day, the cancer lives. However, the misdeeds of the traditionalists, when uncovered, shine

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