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6 Modern Myths about Christianity & Western Civilization

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When did you last encounter a myth? Maybe watching a movie, touring a museum or browsing the sci-fi section of your local bookstore? To contemporary men and women, myths seem mere relics of a premodern era--legendary stories of capricious gods, heroic deeds and lost cities. The physical and social anxieties that gave rise to myths have been dealt with more productively in ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published February 11th 2001 by IVP Books (first published January 2001)
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Pamela Aidan
Mar 09, 2016 Pamela Aidan rated it it was amazing
What an eye-opener! Christians are always made to squirm under the criticism and blame heaped upon the faith from the moderns and post-moderns in high places. Their view of history is the accepted one, reproduced without thought or research in textbooks, documentaries, and news reports since the mid-19th century. Read what really happened in the areas of the "persecution" of Galileo, the popularization of Darwinism, missionary oppression of natives, suppression of sexuality, persecution of witch ...more
Jonathan
Oct 17, 2015 Jonathan rated it liked it
Sampson’s exposé of these six myths sends a strong message that by reconfiguring historical accounts, authors and thinkers can powerfully influence our perception about both the past and the present. Sampson’s overall concern is to refute the myth that modern secular science has emerged as champion over the repression and ignorance of religion. He has even sought to pin a motive to these secular thinkers: they have crafted religion-against-progress tales in order to divert attention from the eve ...more
Randy
Aug 05, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it
Philip Sampson describes six myths that "everybody knows" are true but upon closer examination turn out to be fiction. Myths "present values and beliefs to us a though they were facts or history, and they use stories to do so" (p.13). One myth that appears in many guises in the modern world is that of the warfare between science and religion. The stories that are shaped by this myth invariably have as their villain the Church, as an institution immersed in superstition and ignorance, a bigoted o ...more
Ed
Apr 26, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
It is increasingly in vogue to champion sharp rhetoric about Christianity or even about the evils of Western civilization in general. Lenin said, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth". Myths concerning these 6 particular topics are widely circulated and accepted as truth simply because of they are widely circulated and accepted as truth. Philp Sampson has gone to great lengths to document the origins of these myths by documenting the heart of the matter with historical research. The detail ...more
Erik
Oct 22, 2011 Erik rated it really liked it
This book does a good job of explaining what a myth is and its role throughout time. The author emphasizes that while myths are not historical, they are not pure fiction; they are stories that convey truth about ourselves.

He then gives a clear, no-hype description of and, more importantly, the understanding of six modern myths: (1) Galileo, (2) Darwin, (3) environmental stewardship, (4) missionaries, (5) our human bodies, and (6) witch burning. He cites various versions of the stories and then d
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vittore paleni
Dec 31, 2011 vittore paleni rated it really liked it
This book decries some of the modern propaganda "myths," thereby eschewing history and other facts in order to support its own, often secular, worldview. The author urges the readers that truth, as always, is stranger than fiction and thereby guides them through each myth encouraging a clear look at what actually happened. The truth is often contrary to what is often held or propagated. This is an informative read. I would recommend it to any thoughtful Christian. PS I wish he would have include ...more
Peter
Mar 29, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
Here's another myth - a glowing review from a professor of history at Wheaton college is a good thing. Some insights of interest in this book, mostly annoying overbearing Christian fanatic biases. 1- the bible is an ancient text therefore not myth vs 2- Evolution is myth . Woeful fluff.
Keith
Jan 19, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful examination of 6 things "everyone knows."
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