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by Count Valerian Krasinski,Joe Nickell,John Calvin

For much of its history the Catholic Church has countenanced the veneration of relics—objects or even bones associated with a saint, or with Jesus Christ himself, that were deemed to have healing power or some beneficial spiritual effect on believers. Despite criticism from some skeptical observers (including even St. Augustine), the belief in relics has continued to this day.In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when the Protestant Reformation launched a wholesale attack on Church practices, the use of relics was included among the superstitions that were deplored as a corruption of the Christian faith. John Calvin, one of the chief architects of the Reformation, published this thorough critique of relic worship in 1543. He runs through the gamut of objects that are venerated in various churches. From the alleged swaddling clothes of Jesus to pieces from the crown of thorns, Calvin pointedly shows how little proof there is that these objects are real and how obviously they are used as a means of taking advantage of the gullible. He is especially scathing and witty on the then-widespread belief in the authenticity of fragments of the so-called True Cross. Calvin remarks that if one were to accept all such claims, one would have enough wood to fill up a ship’s cargo hold! This edition of Calvin’s classic treatise includes an interesting introduction by expert investigator Joe Nickell, author of Relics of the Christ, Inquest on the Shroud of Turin, and Looking for a Miracle, among many other books (see Nickell presents a brief biography of Calvin and brings the story of investigating relics up to date by explaining how sophisticated modern techniques are helping to unravel the mysteries surrounding such famous relics as the Shroud of Turin and many other similar venerated objects.
Download Treatise on Relics epub
ISBN: 1591026288
ISBN13: 978-1591026280
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
Author: Count Valerian Krasinski,Joe Nickell,John Calvin
Language: English
Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 1, 2008)
Pages: 71 pages
ePUB size: 1741 kb
FB2 size: 1321 kb
Rating: 4.2
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In reading through this e-book the title article does not appear until you have read through over sixty percent of the entry. The first part of the book (not written by Calvin) provides a history regarding superstitions. A few random quotes from Calvin will give you a flavor of the book:

" is necessary to consider what St Paul says, that every service of God invented by man, whatever appearance of wisdom it may have, is nothing better than vanity and foolishness, if it has no other foundation than our own devising...the desire for relics is never without superstition, and what is worse, it is usually the parent of idolatry...if all the relics were collected into one heap, the only astonishment would be that such a silly and clumsy imposition could have blinded the whole earth."
Calvin fascinates again in this very revealing book. You simply can't go wrong with a book with all of this information, especially for the very affordable price. I would have paid a lot more to read the genius of the Reformation. I highly recommend this!!!
You can't beat the classics.
excellent book highly recommended
as expected
net rider
My Copy does not have page numbers nor does have publisher info, never seen anything like this. Who is the author giving the commentary?
this is a great read
I recommend the reading of this book to anyone who wants to know why we Reformed people (Protestant for the principiante) do not veneer, adore, worship or even own relics.