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

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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
Hardcover, 240 pages
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7 Reviews

  • 5
    Excellent resource

    Posted by David Pelletier on Aug 27th 2021

    Answers questions and fallacies often posited by anti Catholic voices.

  • 5
    Answering 20 ceturies of anti- catholic myth

    Posted by Virginia Palumbo on Jun 18th 2020

    Well written ,consice and clear explanations. Great book for catholic upper grades and high school.

  • 4
    the real story of catholic history

    Posted by michael dooley on Jun 18th 2020

    well written. very informative. definitely an eye opener

  • 5

    Posted by Joe on Jun 17th 2020

    This book is a Must Have for any Catholic who has ever been cornered by a Protestant. Atheist, or any person who ever tries to tell you negative beliefs about your faith. In very simple, small, concise chapters all of your answers are clearly explained. You will be able to clearly defend your faith with Truth. Get It.... Now.

  • 5
    great book

    Posted by Elisabeth on Jun 17th 2020

    Short chapters. easy to read. Lots of good information. Very understandable.

  • 4
    The Real Story Of Catholic History

    Posted by Bill on Jun 16th 2020

    While I have just started reading this book, I've found the information quite enlightening and well laid out. An enjoyable read.

  • 5
    Catholic History by S. Weidenkopf

    Posted by REBECCA BOERNER on Aug 17th 2019

    I have only paged through this quickly. But the parts I've read are terrific. I can't wait to read it thoroughly. Thank you!

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