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Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them Paperback – September 1, 2010
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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 . . .Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a good and necessary book. I bought it as a gift for my Catholic mother and she loved it.Published 1 month ago by Victor
The book was very well written. Provided a lot of information that I didn't know. Very informative, easy to read and understand. Will definitely recommend to my Catholic friends.Published 2 months ago by Carlos
Moczar, in a chiding way, lays out the "approved" Anglo-Saxon and supposedly enlightened account, giving political reasons for them and then systematically exposes them to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fr Donald P Malin
Every Catholic should read this book! Our American culture is so steeped in these seven lies about the history of the Catholic Church, that even devout Catholics have been... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kent Purdy
It clears up accidental (as well as deliberate) misconceptions of the historical narrative of Catholicism and of Catholics.Published 5 months ago by Dennis M. McNeil