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The Saint vs. the Scholar


“...the argument builds to a crescendo in the final chapter as Sweeney describes the importance of a ‘third way’ shaped by wonder, humility, and mutual respect.” — Mark S. Burrows, PhD, professor of church history at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany

“Whatever animated the Crusades and the Inquisition is still with us, around and in us. This is history with a gripping point of view.” —Ken Wilson, author of A Letter to My Congregation, and copastor of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor, Michigan


A Fight between Faith and Reason that continues today!

Jon M. Sweeney, author of The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation and Inventing Hell, makes the case that Christians cannot understand who we are today, or how we balance what we believe with what we say, without shining a light on what might otherwise pass completely unnoticed: this small but significant episode in our history.

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