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Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church [Hardcover]

H. G. Wells

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub; Reprint edition (February 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0405037988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0405037986
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title of Chapter 1 ? Dec 8 1999
By ralph-1@webtv.net - Published on Amazon.com
The original (Agora 1944 pub) had chapter 1 as Why Do We Not Bomb Rome? As Wells wrote it. In all of the other publications I noted that Chapter 1 was relocated as the last chapter 23. This changes the overall impression of the book as Wells originally wrote it. The first time reader should read the Agora version first to get the authors real meaning. Wells was never shy and NEVER did he beat around the bush, as this change made it appear.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English author who is now best known for his science fiction books; however, he wrote in many other areas, such as a famous popular history, The outline of history: being a plain history of life and mankind. Crux Ansata was one of his last works (1943, with later additions), and (as the subtitle indicates) is highly critical of the Catholic Church.

Here are some quotations from the book:

"And it is very manifest that in much of the history of Christianity at this time the spirit of Constantine the Great is as evident as, or more evident than, the spirit of Jesus." (Ch. I)
"It must be understood that it was from within the body of the Catholic Church that the destruction of its own unity came. It was men in holy orders striving to be good Christians who began to question the methods and disciplines of the Church. The Reformation came out of the heart of the Church." (Ch. XIII)
"Almost every country in Europe except England had at one time or another been provoked to expel the Jesuits, and, as we shall show presently, their obdurate persistence in evil-doing continues to this day." (Ch. XVI)
"I am deriding organised High Church and Catholic Christianity, and I would like to make it plain that in doing so I am not disregarding what I might call the necessity of many minds, perhaps most young minds, feel for something one can express by such phrases as 'the Fatherhood of God' and 'the kingdom of heaven within us.' That is the need the Roman Catholic Church trades upon and betrays." (Ch. XXI)
"To return to that typical Pope, Pope Pius XII. It is necessary to insist upon his profound ignorance and mental inferiority." (Ch. XXII)
"(T)he Pope, any Pope, is necessarily an ill-educated and foolish obstacle, a nucleus of base resistance, heir to the tradition of Roman Catholicism in its last stages of poisonous decay, in the way to a better order in the world." (Ch. XXII)

In a final chapter, he even proposes that Rome should have been bombed during the war: "No other capital has been spared the brunt of this war... Why do we allow these open and declared antagonists of democratic freedom to entertain their Shinto allies and organise a pseudo-Catholic destruction of democratic freedom?" (Ch. XXIII)
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An emotionally charged scathing indictment of Catholicism March 18 1999
By apagdon@berkely.com - Published on Amazon.com
Crux Ansata is a sometimes scholarly, sometimes emotional indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Drawing on theological history, Wells builds a case against the Church for various reasons, predominantly political. All of this leads up to a final chapter entitled, "Why Do We Not Bomb Rome?" It is the work of a man passionately crusading against his own conceptions of ignorance, and while convincing at times, I couldn't help but wonder while reading it, "What did the nuns do to him"? Written towards the end of Wells's career when he became exceedingly bitter and critical of modern society.

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