Christianity By Diarmaid MacCulloch
We are both going to read up on the history of Christianity. When we are done, we’ll know for a fact all the things we’ve long suspected people who claim to be very religious get wrong when they talk about religion.
While I’m not sure where Hamburger is in the book, I read today about the ancient history of the Christian Church in Syria and about the third century origins on Christian monastic life.
Though Christianity is a long book, it is accessible. It is written for anybody willing to make some effort to learn about an important topic in world history.
So much of what you learn in this book reads as a lesson in world history as well as the history of Christianity.
Some folks have a nearly reflexive frustration about religion. They are tired of some American conservatives using religion to claim moral superiority over the non-religious, while at the same time often supporting social and fiscal policies that are deeply immoral.
My own view is that each person needs to be taken as an individual, and that we have to realize not just the importance of the Christian faith in the world and in America, but that also many millions of Christians share a deep concern for social and economic justice.
Learn what you can learn and use what you learn to express your views. The odds are good that if you make an effort to learn about a specific subject, you’ll end up knowing more than many people who run around claiming they know a lot about that subject.
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