"A History of Christianity" - A Page-by-Page Criticism of Paul Johnson's Horror Story
by Michael Roll (1982, 50 pages)
Paul Johnson's 'A History of Christianity' was published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
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"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelelnting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent if we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind; and for my part I detest it as I detest everything that is cruel."
Thomas Paine: 'The Age of Reason' (1794)
Related material on this site:
Tribune (April 25, 2003): A review by Prof. Robert Giddings of Michael Roll's pamphlet "A History of Christianity" - A Page-by-Page Criticism of Paul Johnson's Horror Story
August 2004: We are currently preparing a revised edition of this pamphlet.