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Summon's Christian Miscellany

by Parminder Summon

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Truly accurately named as a miscellany. This is odd tidbits about Christianity interspersed with verses, quotes, lists, and other trivia. An eclectic mixture of Catholic/Protestant (with the heaviest focus on Protestant, I think), without delineating the two, which could lead to a lot of confusion for people who take this as an important resource. Mostly just an interesting mixture of rambling, unfocused, uncoordinated bits of marginalia, reading more like stream of consciousness than a reference work. Read it, have fun with things like the list of rock songs for biblical characters or other amusing bits, but don't take it too seriously. ( )
  Devil_llama | Oct 2, 2014 |
Summons is a bit like Schott's miscellany but compared to that its a bit lightweight, granted it has some interesting tit bits of information, but for a faith that has been around for over 2,000 years I would have expected a lot more bits of interest to have surfaced, maybe he will revise it one day ( )
  tedrick | Oct 5, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038551610X, Hardcover)

How big is a talent? What is the Adulterer’s Bible? What are the classes of angels? Who is the patron saint of the ugly?

The answers to these questions and dozens of others, both amusing and serious, can be found in Summon’s Christian Miscellany. Parminder Summon, a practicing Christian and an avid collector of trivia and curiosities, takes a lighthearted journey through Christian history and culture and discloses the funny, obscure, and sometimes bizarre things they never teach in Sunday school, including:

• Unusual patron saints, including guardians of serial killers and those accused of cannibalism
• The origin of Christian snake handlers
• The vision of the Christian Surfers of Australia
• Mini-biographies of Christian Nobel Prize winners
• A list of biblical weights and measurements and their modern-day conversions
• The Catholic prayer of exorcism
• The Lord’s Prayer in sixteen different languages
• The origins of popular Christmas carols
• The mission statement of the Christian Vegetarian Association
• Quotations from Woody Allen and other unlikely commentators on Christianity
• Summon’s own hilarious fifty-word summary of the Bible

Summon’s Christian Miscellany, this collection of “things you didn’t know you didn’t know,” is at once an addictive diversion and a fascinating compilation of intriguing, little-known facts.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:06 -0400)

A diverse collection of Christian facts, information, quotations, etc. assembled by Parminder Summan. How many classes of angels are there? Who is the patron saint of pawnbrokers?

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