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Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history, Rodney Stark

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Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history
Title
Bearing false witness
Title remainder
debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history
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Rodney Stark
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope," the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth. For example, Instead of the Spanish Inquisition being an anomaly of torture and murder of innocent people persecuted for "imaginary" crimes such as witchcraft and blasphemy, Stark argues that not only did the Spanish Inquisition spill very little blood, but it was a major force in support of moderation and justice. Instead of Pope Pius XII being apathetic or even helpful to the Nazi movement, such as to merit the title, "Hitler's Pope," Stark shows that the campaign to link Pope Pius XII to Hitler was initiated by the Soviet Union, presumably in hopes of neutralizing the Vatican in post-World War II affairs. Pope Pius XII was widely praised for his vigorous and devoted efforts to saving Jewish lives during the war. Instead of the Dark Ages being understood as a millennium of ignorance and backwardness inspired by the Catholic Church's power, Stark argues that the whole notion of the "Dark Ages" was an act of pride perpetuated by anti-religious intellectuals who were determined to claim that theirs was the era of "Enlightenment." In the end, readers will not only have a more accurate history of the Catholic Church, they will come to understand why it became unfairly maligned for so long. Bearing False Witness is a compelling and sobering account of how egotism and ideology often work together to give us a false truth."--
  • "As we all know and as many of our well established textbooks have argued for decades, the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history, Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and rightfully called "Hitler's Pope," the Dark Ages were a stunting of the progress of knowledge to be redeemed only by the secular spirit of the Enlightenment, and the religious Crusades were an early example of the rapacious Western thirst for riches and power. But what if these long held beliefs were all wrong? In this stunning, powerful, and ultimately persuasive book, Rodney Stark, one of the most highly regarded sociologists of religion and bestselling author of The Rise of Christianity (HarperSanFrancisco 1997) argues that some of our most firmly held ideas about history, ideas that paint the Catholic Church in the least positive light are, in fact, fiction. Why have we held these wrongheaded ideas so strongly and for so long? And if our beliefs are wrong, what, in fact, is the truth? In each chapter, Stark takes on a well-established anti-Catholic myth, gives a fascinating history of how each myth became the conventional wisdom, and presents a startling picture of the real truth"--
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Dewey number
282.09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BX1752
LC item number
.S76 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history, Rodney Stark
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-254) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: confronting distinguished bigots -- Sins of anti-semitism -- The suppressed Gospels -- Persecuting the tolerant pagans -- Imposing the Dark Ages -- Crusading for land, loot, and converts -- Monsters of the Inquisition -- Scientific heresies -- Blessed by slavery -- Holy authoritarianism - Protestant modernity
Control code
ocn940796119
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9781599474991
Lccn
2016008676
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940796119
Label
Bearing false witness : debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history, Rodney Stark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: confronting distinguished bigots -- Sins of anti-semitism -- The suppressed Gospels -- Persecuting the tolerant pagans -- Imposing the Dark Ages -- Crusading for land, loot, and converts -- Monsters of the Inquisition -- Scientific heresies -- Blessed by slavery -- Holy authoritarianism - Protestant modernity
Control code
ocn940796119
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
268 pages
Isbn
9781599474991
Lccn
2016008676
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940796119

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