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Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them

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The world hates the Church that Jesus founded, just as He said it would (John 15:18). It reviles her doctrines, mocks her moral teachings and invents lies about her history. In every age, but especially in our modern day, historians and political powers have distorted the facts about her past (or just made up novel falsehoods from scratch) to make the Church, and the civil ...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by TAN Books (first published August 5th 2010)
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Glenn Crouch
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: theology
I was quite eager to read this book - and I will point out that I am a Lutheran and have a very strong interest in Church History.

Sadly, the Preface basically indicated that this book was for the Catholic faithful - which I thought was a shame. Good apologetical material should be aimed not just at those that agree with you but those that are opposed - not to mention those somewhere on the spectrum between the two extremes. However, I engage in lots of discussions with people about Church Histor
James Andersen
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This book is a short but excellent primer on Catholic History. I can testify personally that had I read this book when I was younger, I would have had been on a different spiritual path altogether. This book tackles the major complaints that either non-Catholic Believers or non-Believers in general use to attack the Catholic Faith. This book is an amazingly wonderful beginning book for any Apology Library that everyone should read, it is simple and quick in explaining the various falsehoods that ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a good beginners book to help you defend Catholic history, you would do well to start with this book. Dr. Moczar explores several horrible lies about Catholic history and presents the true stories of the so-called Dark Ages, the Church's role in learning and progress, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Galileo trial, Church corruption and the Reformation, the Black Legend and, finally, the Church's treatment of women. An easy read, and interesting read, and for history buf ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Catholics, Historians
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This book presents a chapter-by-chapter list of seven common lies about the Catholic Church. These are some of the really entrenched lies that we hear over and over in the media, in history classes, and even in ordinary conversation – lies and misinformation that many Catholics end up believing because they do not know their own history very well. The author states that these lies are inventions of the Church’s numerous enemies, and she deconstructs each of these lies, offering a historical corr ...more
St Joseph Treasury
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Infamous Myths About the Church’s Past and How To Answer Them. Diane Moczar

The world hates the Church that Jesus founded, just as He said it would (John 15:18). It reviles her doctrines, mocks her moral teachings and invents lies about her history. Historians and political powers have distorted the facts about her past (or made up falsehoods from scratch) to make the Church, and the civilization it fostered, seem corrupt, backward, or simply evil.

In "Seven Lies about Catholic History," Diane Moc
Robert Hernandez
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I recommend the book. I concur with another reviewer here. I wish had this book available many years ago. Anyway, is a condensed book, perfect for today's lifestyle, very trustworthy on account of all the references included. Well written, very illustrative.

So to compensate the brevity, at the end there is an excellent set of references if you wish, and are willing to invest the time, to go deeper on a particular subject. Or even all of them.
Michael Shurtleff
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can add nothing to the blurb! It's completely accurate and sums up my opinion of this book nicely. I came away indignant--not because Dr. Moczar said anything incendiary or inappropriate, but because the world still buys in to these awful lies about the Bride of Christ. I recommend this book to anyone who values truth.
John Davis
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good and very readable( and at times quite entertaining) short book. Dr. Mozcar wonderfully exposes seven general lies leveled against the Church concerning subjects such as the holy Inquisition and the Crusades among others with analysis to show how God Himself is the real target of anti-Catholic historical lies. Quite an eye opener!
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
If you're into apologetics and have an understanding of the topics discussed, it's a good book. But if you don't have the history behind the topics, it can be taxing...Overall, the book did give good points of discussion. I'd still recommend reading this book.
Derek Hudson
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
In my opinion, this author's message would be far more effective if it did not take the tone of an emotional, vendictive rant. Maybe the title should have been a clue.
Clare Cannon
Oct 04, 2012 marked it as goodreadingguide-com
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David Farel
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Addresses common historical misconceptions about medieval and renaissance Catholicism. An apologetics must-read.
Aug 27, 2015 added it
Stopped reading--just found her tone and style so unengaging and immature.
Stephen Heiner
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholicism
Ms. Moczar has written a fine work with great sources for those who wish to go deeper into the seven subjects she picks:

The Dark Ages
The Crusades
The Inquisition
The Black Legend
Church as enemy of progress
Church as heart of corruption

Rather than try to highlight the best of her chapters here (I'll leave you to read the whole book, as it carries a strong recommendation from me), I want to focus on a passage from Appendix 1, which is entitled, "How to Answer a Lie."

"Fortunately or unfortunate
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholic, history
Worth the read, Catholic or not. No group has has to deal with as much spurious defamation as the Catholic Church throughout history,
Tiago Rincaweski
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very nice book, well written and nice to read. In a simple way expose The Seven Lies and indicates several sources foor a deeper research. I've read the portuguese version.
Mike Glaser
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book with an exceptional appendix on additional sources and readings.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Diane Moczar tells us in the introduction that she wants to set the record straight and remove personal bias from the equation. Her tone and some of her language undermines this last bit. I agree with the goal and accept/previously aware of the historical narrative being biased for in many cases the reasons she lays out. However, even me a reader who wants and does believe her historical narrative, found some of the book difficult to read because of the contempt she displays for some groups and ...more
Jason Schaitel
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The sections on the Middle Ages, The Inquisition, the Galileo episode and the "church vs science" were good introductions. They came across a little overly partisan at times and took quite a few shots at Protestants. I would have added a star if the author were more irenic. I also found the author might have gone a little past correcting lies and defending the RCC to being a Catholic booster.
I have an overall positive impression of the book, but would be hesitant to recommend it to a person who
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: study-room
I really enjoyed this book. There is a lot of history that needs to be put into perspective. I believe that this book does a good job of creating that perspective.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
It achieves it's goal of being short and sweet about different historic events.
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