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Hilaire Belloc examines the five most destructive heretical movements to have affected Christian civilization: Arianism, Mohammedanism (Islam), Albigensianism (Cathar), the Reformation (Protestant), and the modern phase. Belloc describes how these movements began, how they spread, and how they continued to influence the world up until the time of his writing (1936). The chapter on Islam is especially relevant today; in it Belloc accurately predicts the renewal of jihadist aggression towards western civilization.

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Could not hold my attention

An excellent book, but the reader could not hold my attention. He did not read with an understanding of the material. I lost a little bit of respect for the reader when he pronounced “beatitude” as “beautitude”.

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Classic and timeless

This book describes with important facts and details the five main Christian heresies, a classic piece of Church history. It is timeless because even if it was written in 1930's, it still valid for our days.
I highly recommend those chapters that talk about Islam and Modernism.

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An important angle at which to view western history

Mr. Belloc shows his mastery of history showing a much neglected view of history, that is to say, the catholic view. Without an understanding of this world view, one cannot pretend to understand the history of western thought.
Although fairly dated Belloc's assumptions stand the test of time and remain eerily prophetic.

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So prescient about now and clear about then

The last sections on modern circumstances is amazingly spot on for today despite the number of decades since its writing. The review of historical heresies iis excellent also.

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  • Padua
  • 11-23-18

Lucid overview of the big heresies from a Catholic standpoint

Detail is sacrificed for breadth so if you are looking for something in depth in the sense of going into a lot of detail, this is not for you. It does, however, give a really clear and accessible chronological overview of the big heresies up to the present.

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  • Edwin
  • 02-19-18

Culturally Relevant

Great performance delivered with conviction.
Hilaire captures the modern movement of western culture perfectly. Highly recommend.