Great controversy: What to do with religious books sent to Chicagoans – Chicago Tribune

A little “controversy” is arriving in hundreds of thousands of mailboxes across Chicago – and it has nothing to do with local politics or the national election.

Although “The Great Controversy,” a book authored in the 1800s by E.G. White, a founder of the Seventhday Adventist Church, does touch on themes of lying, stealing and cheating.

More than 600,000 copies have been mailed out – unsolicited – across Chicago and residents started getting them in the past week, said Dwight Hall, chief executive officer of Michigan-based Remnant Publications Inc., a Christian publisher behind the mailing blitz in Chicago and several other cities. In the past few years, copies of the paperback were also mailed to New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Charlotte.

The 377-page books are arriving at homes unwrapped and without residents’ names printed on them – only the address; stacks of them have been spotted in the vestibule, near the mailboxes, of apartment and condo buildings. The book provides a history lesson on Christianity and focuses on freedom of religion, Hall said. A postcard tucked inside the book includes a note from the publisher that reads, “With our world in such disarray, with so little time left, we don’t have time to bash religions or people or ideas – we only have time to discover the truth before it’s too late.”

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