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

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Are anti-Catholic Myths the original "Fake News"?

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.

Professor Weidenkopf 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 of Catholic History 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
Softcover, 240 pages
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9 Reviews

  • 4
    Real Story of Catholic History

    Posted by Helen Martinez on Mar 27th 2024

    I read this book in 3 days and couldn't put it down. For the first time in my life I knew so much more about my Catholic faith. I recommend it to everyone!

  • 5
    Easy straight forward read

    Posted by Richard Denningham on Mar 27th 2024

    I strongly recommend this book. It is clear and concise and easily understandable.

  • 5
    Real story of Catholic History

    Posted by Virginia Palumbo on Sep 20th 2023

    Excellent ,well written, concise , plain speaking material. Synopsis helps for future refreshing of the previous material

  • 5
    Very Informative

    Posted by Amy on Aug 19th 2022

    This book answers many common questions that Catholics get from Non-Catholics. I love the abundant sources provided for continued research into a topic. So often Catholics can be attacked with many of these questions and left with no defense. Steve Weidenkopf gives quick yet informed answers that any Catholic would be happy to know.

  • 5
    History of The Church

    Posted by Paul Curry on Feb 23rd 2022

    As well as being a historical book of the Catholic Church, this is a great book for apologists to refer to as it breaks down over 50 of the most common and dangerous lies about the Church. It also doesn't shy away from some of the faults of the Church thus giving a more non-biased viewpoint which may give it a more palatable experience for our non-Catholic brothers and sisters.

  • 5
    Well-researched and engaging read

    Posted by Mark Rydell on Feb 13th 2022

    This is a well-researched and informative book. It was written in an engaging style which made it difficult to put down. I wish all Catholic High School students would read this book in their history classes as a way to tie together Church history, theology, and apologetics. This book strengthens Catholics against lies and misconceptions about the Catholic Church, and gives them information to properly teach the history of the Church.

  • 4
    Real History Being Uncovered

    Posted by Jen Brewer on Nov 6th 2021

    With so much information at the tips of our fingers, it can be difficult to figure out what is true and what is false about history, especially Catholic history. Not helped is the obvious biases that become so ingrained in culture that any attempt to tell the truth is met with resistance. This book tackles a lot of the common falsehoods or misinformation about the Church in an easy to read format with numerous sources and references one can look up on their own. Once I started reading, I could barely put it down. It’s cleared up a lot of things I knew were false, but unable to articulate. Definitely a resource I’ll come back to whenever I need references to follow up on and for Weidenkopf’s excellent writing style.

  • 5
    Great for Apology

    Posted by Vincent Farrell on Aug 25th 2021

    The book is a very concise and easy read for most people. Our parish has used this work for those who have had difficulty with the exact issues addressed in the book. I recommend this for any Catholic to get a good first grasp of the misconceptions out there, to help strengthen their resolve and faith.

  • 5
    The Real Story of Catholic History

    Posted by Michael Malleck on Feb 4th 2021

    An informative and educational read. Conspiracy theories are all the rage now, but they are not a new thing. People have always needed to justify why they are not part of the Church Jesus gave us. You can open this book to any page, and it will pique your interest.

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