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The Real Story of Catholic History: Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths (Digital)

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Anti-Catholics like to paint Church teachings in a way that makes them seem vain, backward, or superstitious, all in the hope of drawing people out of the Faith and into sects or unbelief.

Catholic apologists fight back with facts and sound arguments.

But there’s another area where the Church’s enemies tell their own false story of Catholicism: its history. Whether it’s from the media, in classrooms, or out of the mouths of pastors and politicians, we’ve all heard a version of Catholic history filled with unrelenting violence, ignorance, worldliness, and bigotry. It’s enough to make many believers question whether the Church truly was founded by Christ!

This kind of attack requires no less of a response from those who know the truth.

In The Real Story of Catholic History, Steve Weidenkopf gives it to you. Weidenkopf (The Glory of the Crusades) collects over fifty of the most common and dangerous lies about Catholic history and, drawing on his experience as a historian and apologist, shows how to answer them simply and powerfully.

Whether it’s claims about Catholicism’s supposedly pagan origins, old myths about Galileo or the Inquisition that never seem to go away, or more modern misconceptions that anti-Catholics cynically exploit, The Real Story provides the desperately needed corrective.

Packed with research and diligent in pursuit of the truth, while never whitewashing or explaining away the Church’s past faults when they’re found, The Real Story of Catholic History is an essential resource for every Catholic’s bookshelf.

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Steve Weidenkopf
eBook, 240 pages
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4 Reviews

  • 5
    Helpful Book

    Posted by Andrew Copley on Sep 22nd 2021

    This book does an excellent job of clearly stating the myth, the story behind the myth, and then the evidence that shows the myth is not credible. Excellent resource for a number of myths related to the Church.

  • 5

    Posted by Karla on Apr 14th 2021

    The facts, well researched and well presented, speak for themselves. Topics are clearly stated and covered. Chapters are short and highly readable. Great reference book.

  • 5
    A Needed Work

    Posted by Kaleb on Dec 28th 2020

    Weidenkopf's book is extremely important for modern times, when propaganda against the Church leads many either away from her or out of her.

  • 4
    Catholic History

    Posted by Sigmund Puchacz on Jul 30th 2019

    I would like more popular Protestant myths addressed.

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