The title In the Year of Our Lord was picked on purpose, and while, according to the author, it doesn’t concern the church’s history, it does take in some of the most significant stories in these two millennia of Christianity. The book’s resolve has much to do with a notorious global tendency to diminish the influence Jesus Christ has had in the history of mankind.
One thing becomes evident as soon as one starts reading Le Morte d'Arthur: it sounds a bit stiff. Sentences just don't seem to flow when the vast majority of them begins with “So,” “Then,” “And,” or a combination of these.
Who was Luther? Why did he stand against the Catholic Church? How did he come under the protection of Saxony's prince-elector, Frederick the Wise? The answers to these questions lie in Cyril Davey's book, The Monk Who Shook the World, a romanticized take on Martin Luther's life and accomplishments.
Few novels have chapters so rich and impacting they can stand apart from the rest of the book, yet this is precisely what has happened with the story of “The Grand Inquisitor,” from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In a shocking, unapologetic tale, Dostoevsky expounds on one of the most baffling questions ever put forth: “What would happen if Christ came back to earth?”
The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. blends seamlessly with the fight against racial discrimination, which he experienced from a very early age. Although his parents had taught him the notable values of civility and dignity, the reigning system in the south of the United States, where he lived, repressed the African-American population at all costs, and he soon rebelled against it. This work becomes even more precious by transcribing the most important written messages of Martin Luther King, Jr. – some of them complete – from a speech contest he won at age 14 to his very last speech.