7 Books That Rocked the Church
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7 Books That Rocked the Church   -     By: Daniel A. Crane

7 Books That Rocked the Church

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Book burnings. Threats of damnation. Censorship. Over its thousand-year history, the church has reacted with fury to books that challenged Christian beliefs. Names such as Galileo, Darwin, Marx, and Freud have provoked (and even still provoke) bitter recriminations from the church and individual Christians. But why all the fuss? How should the church respond today to these and other provocative books?

7 Books That Rocked the Church tackles these difficult questions by examining some notoriously controversial books—such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Voltaire’s Candide, and more—giving a brief history of the authors themselves, the ideas behind the books that conflicted with contemporary church thinking, the church’s response (and perhaps what church leaders could have done better at the time), and the relevance of these books for us today.

Through the text and accompanying helpful discussion questions, readers will come away better equipped to answer the charge, often leveled in secular environments, that the church is intolerant of competing ideas. Looking back at these infamous books will also help them interact with possibly “dangerous” future ideas—all the while following Jesus’ admonition to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves.

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Title: 7 Books That Rocked the Church
By: Daniel A. Crane
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 1683071948
ISBN-13: 9781683071945
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7 Books That Rocked the Church, by Daniel Crane, explores controversial books throughout history that the Christian church has famously disavowed—and asks the question, Why?

Engagingly written and thoughtfully researched, this book explores what the “fuss” was all about with books ranging in date from the second century after Christ to more contemporary authors. Books by Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, and many others profoundly upset the church by calling into question foundational Christian doctrines or beliefs. Most of the books discussed here were banned at some time by Christian authorities.

The author’s aim is to challenge Christians to respond critically but open-mindedly to books that oppose a Christian worldview. Readers of 7 Books That Rocked the Church will come away better equipped to answer the charge that the church is intolerant of competing ideas. They will also develop the ability to interact with new and possibly dangerous ideas that comport with Jesus’ admonition to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. This book also includes discussion questions for further study.
  1. Valentinus the Gnostic: Who Doesn’t Love a Conspiracy Theory? (Think The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown)
  2. Galileo Galilei: A Scandal of Religion, Science, and Politics
  3. Voltaire’s Candide, Enlightenment Rationalism, and the Church’s Thin Skin
  4. Darwin’s Origin of Species: The Many Faces of Evolutionary Theory
  5. Marx’s Communist Manifesto: The Red Bull of the Masses
  6. Sigmund Freud’s Ego
  7. Joseph Campbell: Christianity as an (Almost) Enlightened Myth (A book that strongly influenced George Lucas’s Star Wars films)

Author Bio

Daniel A. Crane (BA, Wheaton College; JD, University of Chicago) is the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and a frequent contributor on legal issues in national news media. Besides multiple scholarly articles and books, he is also the author of the suspense novel Girl with Egg Basket.

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