Bearing False Witness

Bearing False Witness

Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History

Book - 2016
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"As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope," the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth"--
Publisher: West Conshohocken, PA : Templeton Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781599474991
Branch Call Number: 282.09 STARK
Characteristics: 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 27, 2017

Once again Mr. Naturalist has signaled that this book might be worth reading. Thank you.
**** A very good read! It was a good place to start to fill the gaps of my knowledge about the Catholic Church. Also provides a chapter by chapter list of notable authors to read for further study and understanding.

Oct 24, 2016

While I've liked other of Mr. Stark's books more, this does have merit. It's overall didactic tone; however, makes it a trudge. Much anti-Catholic bigotry originated during the Reformation. (the protesters needed to legitimize their protest.) Though some originated with the Russians! Among the myths corrected--
BTW, I don't believe "Naturalist" has read this book. Naturalist protests

Aug 24, 2016

"A history of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" 2 volumes 1896
by Andrew Dickson White 1832-1918
“Hitler's Pope : The Secret History of Pius XII” 1999
by Johns Cornwell
Penguin Books, Revised edition, 2008, ISBN-10: 014311400X, ISBN-13: 978-0143114000
“Rodney Stark’s idiotic history”
by John S. Wilkins, posted September 6, 2008, at ScienceBlogs
“Debunking the Debunking: A Review of Rodney Stark’s Bearing False Witness”
by Eric Smith, posted May 24, 2016, at patheos


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