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Paperback Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews--A History Book

ISBN: 0618219080

ISBN13: 9780618219087

Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews--A History

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A bold and moving book tracing the two-thousand-year course of the Church's battle against Judaism by National Book Award-winning author James Carroll. More than a chronicle of religion, this dark history is the central tragedy of Western civilization. The Church's failure to protest the Holocaust--the infamous "silence" of Pius XII--is only part of the story: the death camps, Carroll shows, are the culmination of a long, entrenched tradition of anti-Judaism...

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Courageous

Carrol has the courage to question the basic tenets of the catholic church. He does an good job of showing that all of these tenets are in fact man-made tenets, many developed for political purposes. We need more God knowing men and woman with the courage to challenge antiquated religious dogma, dogma which has for centuries turned many of our more intelligent men and women away from organized religion and sadly away from God. It is encouraging to me to see books appearing on the scene like Constantine's Sword, An Encounter With A Prophet and Conversations With God - books which are more concerned with truth than conforming to any religious dogma no matter how ingrained that dogma is in our society.

a ray of light

Carrol writes an extraordinary book of incredible depth and substance. Carrol seems to understand that institutions are created by people and people have their own agendas both conscious and subconscious. Carrol has the courage to question what are often perceived as the basic tenets of the church, and does an excellent job showing that these man-made tenets often had an interesting an unique background. Although I teach history I was unaware that the apparitions at Lourdes only happened in the late 19th century. Additionally, many holocaust survivors make clear the efforts of individual catholics to help them, however the institution itself was largely dormant. While the Vatican may not acknowledge this, both the French and German bishops have come to terms with their malfeasance and nonfeasance. I think open-minded Christians and non-Christians will benefit greatly by this book.
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