Very soon I will be reviewing The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy this book. I was quite ignorant of many of his points about the history of Middle Eastern Christianity. The following excerpt and thoughts are about one facet of the book. This is in no way an anti-Islamic book. But it is a book that is realistic about Islam.
I admit to being confused about why anyone would be drawn to the books of Karen Armstrong, a writer who likes to emphasize the alleged commonalities between the world’s three monotheistic faiths. I admit I am criticizing books I have not read beyond a perusal in the bookstore. But the covers had enough on them to cause me to scoff in disbelief. I don’t prefer to waste my time on books I find unhelpful in any area of thinking I care about. And I care about religion.
Philip Jenkins has a beautiful book describing the lost treasure of Middle Eastern Christianity. Believe me: Middle Eastern Christianity has its warts. But when I share a review of Jenkins’ book, I think many of you will be surprised by the continued connection the Middle Eastern church had to its Jewish roots even in the late Middle Ages.
While in no way being an anti-Islamic book, The Lost History of Christianity does include a sharp critique of Karen Armstrong:
In reality, the story of religious change involves far more active persecution and massacre at the hands of Muslim authorities than would be suggested by modern believers in Islamic tolerance. Even in the most optimistic view, Armstrong’s reference to Christians possessing