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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895559064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895559067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diane Moczar, Ph.D., serves as an adjunct professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. Her articles have appeared in various publications such as Triumph, Smithsonian, Catholic Digest, and National Review. She is the author of Islam at the Gates, about Europe\'s wars with Ottoman Turks, Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, and Seven Lies About Catholic History. She earned a bachelor\'s degree in philosophy and history at the Francisco College for Women, as well as a master\'s degree at Columbia University. Dr. Moczar also completed her doctoral work at the Catholic University and George Mason University.

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The book is a written in a very free flowing style, and it is a very enjoyable read.
Dave Kinsella
The author makes a very good case for the Catholic side of each argument, which, except for the Galileo trial, is the one that I have not heard before.
Thomas Edward
This book is a must read for not only every Catholic but very any one that wants the truth about the middle ages!
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240 of 254 people found the following review helpful By Martha on November 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I saw this title in TAN's fall catalogue and was very eager to read it. I had heard of Diane Moczar's other works ("Islam at the Gates," and "Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know"), so I was well aware of her good reputation. When the book arrived, I was immediately impressed with the cover artwork, which shows the Miracle of Fanjeaux. The cover sets the tone for this entire work, which, like the fire in the picture, repels falsehoods about Church history and doctrine.

While the book is certainly not a dissertation on every lie--nor is it meant to be--it is a succinct and clear, yet scholarly, discussion of the most popular lies told about the Catholic Church. In eight short chapters, Moczar is able to dispel some of the worst, and most pervasive, myths about the Church's past. She discusses the Middle Ages, the Church vs. progress, the Crusades, the Inquisition, Galileo, Church corruption, and the Black Legend.

I especially liked the format she used to discuss each lie. Moczar begins every chapter with a blunt statement of the lie in a single sentence. She then expounds on the lie, in delightful prose, and details the historical "evidence" for the veracity of the myth. Then, in one fell swoop, she launches into her attack of the myth. "All of the above," she writes of the evidence for the lie, "of course, is hogwash" (p. 57). She follows this assertion with hard facts from copious sources, all of which are cited in the Appendix. For example, in her chapter on the Inquisition, she writes, concerning the myth that every person was seriously tortured and cruelly treated, "It turns out that torture was in fact rarely used, and even when it was, it was very limited. In one group of seven thousand accused people who came before the Inquisition in Valencia . . .
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101 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Athanasius on January 13, 2011
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Diane Moczar is something of a heroine in the traditional Catholic community (a remnant, to be sure, but one growing and vibrant). And there's good reason for Moczar's status. She's an erudite, uncompromising, and highly articulate defender of the one true Faith; a resolute champion of the idea that Holy Mother Church can and must be restored to the fullness of tradition, without dilution or contamination. In her "Seven Lies about Catholic History", Moczar does a terrific job in living up to the old creed of praising the Lord and passing the ammunition.

The Catholic Faith has been attacked for centuries by secularists, atheists, schismatics, heretics, and members of false religions and dead-end sects; by the evil-minded moved hither and yon by a white-hot hatred of Christ and the one and only Church He founded. In "Seven Lies", Moczar presents the poisonous lies told for centuries regarding the so-called Dark Ages, the various Church-led inquisitions and crusades, the supposed necessity for the "Reformation", and more -- including the anti-historical and vicious-minded attacks on Pius XII, an outstanding pope. She then provides her readers with the arms and ammo necessary to man the battlements, fight the good fight, repel the relentless and demon-based attacks.

Most people, for instance, think that the Spanish Inquisition was something out of a Roger Corman movie, with at least one requisite scene where a perspiring, leering, Mephistopheles-bearded monk (usually habited in red for some lurid reason) applies pincers to the virginal flesh of a sweet, albeit buxom, young maiden. Rubbish! As Moczar points out, the various inquisitions weren't bestial.
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on March 27, 2011
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Diane Moczar wrote a short but knowledgeable book re bias and outright lying re the Catholic History. The book titled SEVEN LIES ABOUT CATHOLIC HISTORY could have been expanded, but Moczar wrote this book for those not familiar with Catholic History and achievements for approximately 2,000 years.

The beginning of the book answered the criticism that somehow Medieval men and women were "awkward minded." Moczar reported that the Medieval men and women created the Gothic Cathdral, great work by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), St. Bonaventure (1221-1274), Father Bacon (1214-1294), etc. An investigation of these men's acheivements could fill "a five foot bookshelf." Moczar effectively attacked the notion the somehow that the Renaissance was a vivid contrast to The Middle Ages. Many "Renaissance" men were actually greatly influenced by Medieval achievements. One should note that historians went through a decrepit monastary that was in existence c. 1140 whereby they found books re mathematics, Greek manuscripts as well works in Hebrew and Arabic. This undermines the notion that Medieval men were igornant of other languages and learning. One must rhetorically ask where did the Renaissance men and women learn Greek, Hebrew, etc. Within the past 50 years, such historians as Homer Haskins, Dom David Knowles, Elenor Duckett, Regine Permoud, etc. have developed books and used sources that have proven that Medieval History was interesting, intellectually stimulating, and freer than biased nonsense will admit.

G. K. Chesteton (1874-1936)wrote the Middle Ages were,"... great growth of new things produced by a living thing...(Renassaince) of old things disvocered in a dead thing..." The Renaissance supposedly had an interest in nature. So, did Medieval men and women.
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