St. Paul: The Apostle We Love To Hate

New Harvest. (ICONS). 2015. 160p. notes. ISBN 9780544617391. $20. BIOG
OrangeReviewStarProlific author Armstrong (The Case for God; A History of God) is one of the most astute writers on religious topics; her latest entry in this series of brief studies of prominent figures now turns to St. Paul (5–67 CE), who is considered to be either one of the first and greatest of Christianity's theologians or a thorn in the side of the faith, with his ideas and beliefs sometimes labeled as "Paulianity." Armstrong doesn't attempt to repair the apostle's reputation. Instead, she thoughtfully assesses his life and thought, sorting out likely realities from pious legends. This account reminds us how important Paul's writings have always been and how selectively we have always read them.
VERDICT Another superb, intelligent work from Armstrong, a must for readers of all types.

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