Bearing False Witness Paperback

Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History

by Rodney Stark;


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Taking aim at the conspiracies  levelled against the Catholic faith, this eloquent investigation debunks myths we all held to be true,  and why. 

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Bearing False Witness

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A must-read for followers of Church history, and anyone looking to better understand Christianity. This fervent and thought-through examination of how Catholicism has been represented over past centuries, is a powerfully written book which brings new light to dark corners of the past, by looking a the lies borne against Catholicism. 

TRUE OR FALSE:

The Protestant Reformation broke the repressive Catholic grip on progress and ushered in capitalism, science, religious freedom and the modern world

The Spanish Inquisition tortured and murdered huge numbers of innocent people for 'imaginary' crimes, such as witchcraft and blasphemy

The Catholic hierarchy has always resisted efforts to establish liberal democracies and has often been eager to support dictators including Hitler

In this powerful and persuasive book Rodney Stark subjects a number of widely-held beliefs to a rigorous historical assessment. He gives a compelling account of how each of them became accepted as the conventional wisdom, how egotism and ideology often worked together to create false or highly distorted picture of people and events, and how we need to work hard to recover the truth if we're unable to undo the cultural damage that centuries of anti-Catholic history have done.

In this powerful and persuasive book Rodney Stark subjects these and other widely-held beliefs to a rigorous historical assessment. He gives a compelling account of how each of them became accepted as the conventional wisdom, how egotism and ideology often worked together to create false or highly distorted pictures of people and events, and how we need to work hard to recover the truth if we're to undo the cultural damage that centuries of anti-Catholic history has done.

Bearing False Witness by Rodney Stark was published by SPCK Publishing in March 2018 and is our 54310th best seller. The ISBN for Bearing False Witness is 9780281077748.

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Contents

1. The Sin of Anti-Semetism

2. The Suppressed Gospels

3. Persecuted Tolerant Pagans

4. Imposing the Dark Ages

5. Crusading for Land, Loot, and Converts

6. Monsters of the Inquisition

7. Scientific Heresies

8. Blessed Be Slavery

9. Holy Authoritarianism

10. Protestant Modernity  

Endorsements

'Rodney Stark takes aim at one myth after another about Catholicism. . . He is like a man carefully setting up skittles before firing down bowling balls of fact and argument to send them scattering. . . Bearing False Witness is stirring, compelling, often convincing stuff. Catholic Herald

'Rodney Stark mounts an exhilarating display of clay-pigeon shooting at an Olympic level. He fires at a succession of false myths - the Crusades as brutal European colonialism, or the suppression of enlightened rival Christian Gospels - and shatters them completely.' Christopher Howse, Writer, The Daily Telegraph

'Even if you are not Catholic, to understand today s culture wars, you must understand Catholic history. This book has my highest endorsement for everyone from Catholics to atheists who appreciate brave truth-telling on important topics.'FrontPage Magazine

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About the Author

Rodney Stark is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, Texas. He is also Honorary Professor of Sociology at Peking University in Beijing, China. His bestselling book The Rise of Christianity was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and three of his other books have received Distinguished Book Awards.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK Publishing (March 2018)
Weight410g
Number of Pages256
Thickness229 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780281077748
ISBN-100281077746
Product Code4501562
Page last updated 30th March 2018
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