Vincent Carroll and David Shiflett do not shrink from confronting the tragedies that have been perpetrated in the name of Christianity. But they contend that the currently fashionable emphasis on the dark side of the Christian record is an instance of willful historical illiteracy.
In Christianity on Trial, Carroll and Shiflett dispassionately and systematically dissect the charges against Christianity -- specifically, that it has justified racism and misogyny, encouraged ignorance, and promoted the despoliation of the environment and even genocide. Then, in a narrative whose intellectual elegance and verve call up comparisons to How the Irish Saved Civilization, they show how in fact the Christian tradition has not only injected morality into our political order, but softened brutal practices and confining superstitions, created the foundation for intellectual inquiry, and cultivated the charitable impulse.
Christianity on Trial challenges readers of all beliefs -- even those with a belief in disbelief itself -- to question the anti-religious bigotry that thrives in our intellectual world and to reevaluate the role of Christianity as a source not only of consolation but of enlightenment and human liberation as well.