Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again by Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea



Review: Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again
Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea
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2015

Decided to give this one a try, despite the title, and discovered a good read in the process.  The authors make the case for some rather dramatic societal changes during the early AD (CE, for those that prefer that) centuries; changes that prompted new ideas related to human dignity, family values, community relations, work, death and even politics that have been directly related to Christian practices and teachings.  The changes in perspectives still have influence today and most of us reading this enjoy the benefits of those changes whether we realize it or not.  Things were not always are they are now.  That should not be news, but it was something I found myself having to remember again and again when I read this book.  
http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/author/189447/james-l-papandrea/ 
That’s the gist of what is discussed in this book, and the authors have presented the material well.  I had seen the same information in different sources before so this was not new to me, but the way the authors put it all together was much easier to assimilate.  

The authors’ hope is that after reading about the legacy most of us have inherited that it would encourage those who profess to be Christian to continue in the same directions related to the areas mentioned above.  Yes, they do speak to specifics practices and one of the big ones is respect for the other person.  No more isolationism or “us versus them” mentality allowed.  Refreshing to read after some of the stuff presented elsewhere by some groups.

So, even if you don’t agree with all these authors have to say this book is still worth the time and effort it will take to read.  The history alone is fascinating, but the reach beyond history to current practice is the reason for this book.  See if you agree.

This book was provided by the publisher in return for a review. 

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