Item description for Paul, Least of the Apostles: The Story of the Most Unlikely Witness to Christ by Alain Decaux & Celia Sirois...
Overview This unique book is not your average biography. Plunge into this tour through the life and times of Paul with Alain Decaux as your travel guide, and let Paul's story come to life.
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Studio: Pauline Books & Media
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.16" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.03 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Pauline Books & Media
ISBN 0819859583 ISBN13 9780819859587
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Reviews - What do customers think about Paul, Least of the Apostles: The Story of the Most Unlikely Witness to Christ?
Great biography of Saint Paul! Sep 12, 2008
Excellent work on the life of Paul. The author made a trip through the places where Paul preached. It is readable and informative. Decaux presents Paul with a fresh perspective. He writes from a Catholic viewpoint and presents a sketch of Paul fully in line with the Catholic faith, as well as Scriptural scholarship. The author follows Paul through his journeys and captures the spirit of the apostle.
At least some misleading wording.... Sep 9, 2008
The first review (below the ...) was based on information I had at the time. At this point it seems that in other places in the book the author affirmed the authority of Peter. It may be that the author merely made a bad choice of words in trying to relate the importance of James in Jewish-Christian circles. I still find his wording problematic and misleading but he may not have intended the wording (or the translation) to come across that way. It may be a fine book otherwise. I gave it 3 stars--but do not go on that --I just had to pick a rating. The other information was based on another review I read on it ...I have not verified it though I trusted the source. Again perhaps it is a fine book other that some misleading wording. If you buy the book ...be critical in reading.
............................................................ Not a good book! Pauline usually does good work (I have recommended them)--but someone missed the boat on this one. The book has grave historical and theological problems (contrary to history and the Catholic Faith)
Some Catholic bookstores found the problems and have pulled the book from their shelves. One even I read contacted everyone who purchased it and gave their money back for the book return--with an apology.
This book is unfortunately contains teachings contrary to the Catholic Faith and to history. For instance he goes against the teaching of the Church (and history) regarding the Primacy of St. Peter! He says on pg 106 that James "replaced him, not only as head of the church of the city but as the head of the Christian Movement" and later infers that JAMES had primacy over Peter -- which is contrary to the Church and to the very words of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. Others have found other problems with the text as well but this one is a BIG one and flys in the face of history and the Catholic Faith. Thus he does not come from a Catholic perspective (in fact most of the sources he quotes from are Calvanistic Protestant sources--this is not so much the problem --as rather the cause of his mistake regarding Peter). Normally this publisher puts out some good Catholic books...someone must have missed this one...
(I know from my long theological experience which includes a degree in Catholic Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville--but one does not need a degree to see that this is contrary to the Teachings of the Church!!)