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Seven Books that Rocked the Church

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781683071945


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.

Key Features

  • Explores famous books historically disavowed by the Church
  • Examines the question of why these books were rejected
  • Provides opportunity for discussion and group conversation


  • Valentinus Gospel of Truth: Who Doesn’t Love a Conspiracy Theory?
  • Galileo Galilei’s Two Chief World Systems: A Scandal of Religion, Science, and Politics
  • Voltaire’s Candide, Enlightenment Rationalism, and the Church’s Thin Skin
  • Darwin’s Origin of Species: The Many Faces of Evolutionary Theory
  • Marx’s Communist Manifesto: The Red Bull of the Masses
  • Sigmund Freud’s Ego and The Future of an Illusion
  • Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces: Christianity As an (Almost) Enlightened Myth
  • Conclusion: The Next Seven Books

Product Details

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Daniel A. Crane, the Frederick Paul Furth Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is the author of several scholarly books on law, especially antitrust law. He is also the author of the novel Girl with Egg Basket.

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