Four quotes from four of my favorite writers:
“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”
“Many of you have already found out and others will find out in the course of their lives that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate with total attention on its pursuit. And even while it eludes us, the illusion still lingers of knowing it and leads to many misunderstandings.”
“Propaganda succeeds precisely to the extent that it provides us with a means of escaping reality.”
I have read a couple of Robert Wilken’s other books. His books never disappoint. He is an elegant writer along with being an eminent historian of the early Christian and medieval eras.
He is fair and balanced and that is certainly true of this book. You will find that Wilken had his book scrutinized by both Roman Catholic and Protestant scholars.
I do not know if Wilken meant for there to be any apologetic aim with this book, but his terrific sketch of history certainly corrects a faulty view that many have about the origins of religious liberty.
Kudos to Yale University Press that consistently makes beautiful books!