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"All of this book is full of clarity and charity, but two chapters are masterpieces, each worth ten times the price of the whole book. The chapter on contraception is the most simple, commonsensical, winsome and persuasive I have ever seen. It could have been written only by a very good and wise husband and father. The chapter on same-sex marriage has the clearest and the completest logic I have ever read on the subject." --Peter Kreeft, Boston College

"In my own pilgrimage back to the Catholic Church was the growing realization, as a consequence of study and reflection, that much of what I had believed about the Church, its doctrines, and its practices was mistaken. This is why I find Professor Kaczor's book to be so important. It will not only equip Catholics to address the Church's critics, it will also help some outside the Church to overcome obstacles that have prevented many of them from seriously considering Catholicism." ----Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University

"Christopher Kaczor is one of our finest young Catholic philosophers. In The Seven Big Myths of the Catholic Church, he shows that he is also one of our finest defenders of the Catholic faith. Essential reading for the new evangelization." ----Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

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  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586177915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586177911
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Lover_of_Truth on October 19, 2012
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The opening quote from Fulton Sheen best summarizes this book: "There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church." Much of what the culture-at-large thinks is true regarding the Catholic Church, its doctrines, and its practices is mistaken! With great clarity and charity, Kaczor gives common sense explanations that cut through some of the most controversial myths about the Church and exposes the truth. A must-read for all those looking for the truth about the problems plaguing our culture.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 6, 2012
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Over the last few years, I've had many discussions with Protestants, Mormons, atheists, and agnostics. If there's one thing they all share in common, it's a profound confusion about what the Catholic Church actually teaches. Venerable Fulton Sheen was right: "There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church."

Dr. Christopher Kaczor agrees, and in his new book The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction about Catholicism (Ignatius Press, hardcover, 164 pages) he clears up seven of the biggest misunderstandings. The chosen myths include:

- The Church opposes science
- The Church opposes freedom and happiness
- The Church hates women
- The Church is indifferent to love because she rejects contraception
- The Church hates gays
- The Church opposes same-sex marriage for irrational reasons
- The Church's abuse crisis was due to priestly celibacy

In each chapter, Kaczor untwists the objection by combining Church teaching with historical, psychological, and social data. For example, when proving that the Church supports science, he provides several excerpts from papal teachings that hold reason and research in high regard. Even more, he highlights many great scientists who were either Catholic or educated in Catholic institutions. Finally, he explains how the Catholic Church is one of the biggest proponents of science today through her astronomy labs, research funding, and universities.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Best on October 27, 2012
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"Clarity and charity" really sums up the quality of Kaczor's defense. The chapters on contraception and homosexual "marriage" are invaluable. The dispelling of the myths is well done, and he provides solid explanations for every one of them. He is correct on all counts.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By booknerd5555 on October 24, 2012
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Chris Kaczor's new book lives up to the hype. Full of interesting facts about Catholicism. Clear discussion of controversial issues like same sex marriage. Even if you are familiar with these issues, you'll probably get something out of this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lakegirl on November 27, 2012
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Love this book. I will be using it with my Bible Study ladies to help them learn more about the Catholic faith. Can't defend the faith when one doesn't know the faith...a big help for those Catholics who want to learn more about being Catholic and why She teaches what She does.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Terryn on December 26, 2012
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This book does a great job debunking these popular myths about the Catholic Church. It explains the truth behind Catholic teachings, including why these teaching make sense and really consistent with a loving point of view. This book challenges the reader to think deeply about these issues so that you can get past the soundbites of popular culture.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RP on January 28, 2013
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This is solid and needed background for key issues in our world today. Good reference for any thoughtful Catholic library.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Brown on April 4, 2013
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This is another good introduction, (or review, depending on one's progress in the Catholic knowledge base). I think that it is critical for a Catholic who is interested in reinforcing their ability to stand strong in the face of the media onslaught to review and refresh the tents of the faith through works such as this. Similarly the book "How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice is complimentary to this first book.
Stay strong, brothers and sisters. This campaign is not lost unless we give up in despair and abandon the arena.
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