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From the Foreword by Riane Eisler: "Griffith's narrative moves like a searchlight over each phase of church history, illuminating the visions, options, and choices behind events. He traces the rise of a dominator version of Christianity, in which the primary concern was a chain of command to be followed, with rewards or punishments according to the degree of obedience. And beside this he illuminates another face of Christianity, concerned with healing all divisions between 'loved and unloved' people. The story Griffith presents is often deeply disturbing, as in his unstinting accounts concerning 'the gospel for women', or the age of holy wars and witch hunts. But ultimately his story offers solid grounds for optimism. He shows that all contention between different religious visions can be a process of building partnership. As Griffith points out, Jesus himself wished to debate his opponents openly, not to silence or eliminate them. He was not afraid of real encounter, or the potential of creative conflict. I want to congratulate Brian Griffith on this masterful, controversial, and highly readable account. His book offers hope in a divided world, where reaction against globalized 'godless corporate secularism' meets with a 'war on fundamentalism'. I hope to see other writers do comparable work in highlighting the partnership and dominator visions within their religious traditions around the world." - Riane Eisler,
author of The Chalice & the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrow's Children, The Power of Partnership, The Real Wealth of Nations
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Studio: Outskirts Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 1.14" Weight: 1.64 lbs.
Release Date Jan 24, 2008
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 1432717596 ISBN13 9781432717599
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More About Brian Griffith
Brian Griffith is an independent historian who's interested in the whole world's "culture wars." His two previous books are The Gardens of Their Dreams: Desertification and Culture in World History, and Different Visions of Love: Partnership and Dominator Values in Christian History, with a foreword by Riane Eisler. He's married and lives near Toronto, Ontario.
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A good book for women May 20, 2008
Describing how Christianity changed over time, Griffith always includes the experience and values of women. He shows the contributions of female leaders and how women have often challenged the church. This history of the religion shows how important women have been from the beginning. It shows periods of great suffering for women, but also great progress towards a real partnership of both sexes.
A new perspective on Christian History May 13, 2008
A must read for anyone even remotely interested in Christian history. Brian Griffith develops the ongoing struggle between the forces that try to dominate church life and those that try to unify or make peace with diverse groups within the church. And he does this over the entire time span of Christian history. But don't think of it as a stuffy history book. Rather, it a dramatic study of the people involved and the times in which they lived. Once you pick the book up, it is hard to put it down. I think that anyone who reads this book will get an expanded view of Christianity and it's interplay with the social forces in the larger world. It is a masterful presentation and should have wide appeal within other great religous traditions.
Such a wonderful idea Apr 2, 2008
Many religious people think their way of understanding is the only way to get close to God. They never think people should have freedom in accepting the religion in their own way. But Griffith goes through history, and shows how some of these ideas come from traditions of various cultures rather than from prophets and saints, and these "dominator traditions" mixed with religion. In general I can say Griffith respects different approaches for understanding religion. He thinks different kinds of religious people are learning to respect each other and work together. He criticizes a lot of inhuman things in the past, but mostly the book is very hopeful.
Different Visions of Love: Partnership and Dominator Values in Christian History Feb 10, 2008
A book of Christian history that's very helpful to Muslims as well
As a Muslim, I found this book very helpful. We have a similar struggle in our history between different versions of our faith. We have our own long record of dominator Muslims, and also Muslims who want real partnership or equality. This book shows how Christians have made choices between those different moral standards, and what resulted from those choices. These are the kinds of choices Muslims face as well, and I would like to see somebody write a book like this for Islam. ]
Makes sense to me Feb 2, 2008
When I was growing up I always heard you can't pick and choose in religion. Our priest said it's not like a cafeteria where you can pick whatever foods you want on your plate. You have to accept all of what they give you or else reject it all. But it seemed to me Jesus didn't agree with that at all. He rejected a lot of religious laws and dogmas that made no sense, and he picked which parts of the Bible he preferred. And this book looks at what Jesus accepted, what he rejected, and why. That was the most important thing to me in the book, through it goes on to explain much more about how Christianity evolved.