The Church Under Attack

Five Hundred Years That Split the Church and Scattered the Flock

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Here’s an unabashedly Catholic history that documents scores of sustained and unprecedented assaults on our Catholic Faith these past five centuries and delineates our Church’s brave response to each one.

For five hundred years, from Luther to Marx, through Darwin, Hitler, and Rousseau, wave after wave of cynical anti-Catholic men and movements have wrought havoc even worse than that of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, leaving our once noble Christendom a ruined city, devastated politically and spiritually, morally and intellectually.

They’ve ripped the heart from our culture’s chest: the Catholic Faith that once gave life and strength to her body. They’ve wounded even the Church herself.

Celebrated Catholic historian Diane Moczar counters here with an unflinching sketch of these five woeful centuries with sound reasons for hope. For, as she demonstrates, even after five hundred years of sustained persecution, our Church has not merely survived but continues in many places to flourish.

Almost two thousand years ago, Tertullian noted that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” a truth borne out these past five hundred years.

Time after time, as Moczar shows, persecution has not snuffed out the Faith but has brought forth great saints whose holy deeds and brave examples frustrated their persecutors by communicating to the besieged Church a vigor greater than that of her persecutors.

These pages will renew your confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world and that no matter how strong or ruthless or vicious her opponents, she will not be vanquished but will endure to the end of time.

 

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"Diane Moczar has written an excellent book. I enjoyed it thoroughly."

Pat Buchanan
Author and syndicated columnist

"Who would not want to have arguably the greatest theologian and convert maker of the last two centuries at his side as he enters into conversation with the Lord on a daily basis? This book will help you immensely in your struggle for holiness and winning the world for Christ and His Church."

Fr. C. John McCloskey
Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute
  • Pages: 256
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-93-7
  • Product Code: 4937
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A History book you will enjoy!
"Enjoyable" and "history book" usually don't go together, but this is history, church history, written clearly and concisely with a sparkling sense of humor!
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If you love history you'll love this book!
Some people think history is dry or tough to read. Well this book is not that. The author does a great job of giving a history of attacks on the Church. What a great book for someone like me that has recently come back to my Catholic Faith.
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Good writing style, interesting
Her writing style is witty, and having learned my history from a mostly unquestioned Protestant perspective, after converting to Catholicism, I became interested in the 'other side's' arguments. Moczar has done her research, and the book is fast paced and really, it's more of a rebuttal than just a straight out history book.
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"Everyone is right"
Well worth reading for an overview of attacks against the Church in the past 500 years. What she points out shows a pattern of heresy that leads to modern day relativism, where every point of view is correct, and no one can ever be wrong. I would have liked more detail in many of the chapters, but this was an overview. She does have excellent notes in the back for other resources that can be read for greater detail.
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Wow, this book helped me to understand what is going on in the world today. Instead of Christians being one as Jesus wills, the actions of Martin Luther led to the repeated fracturing of the Christian faith. I can see that when we are one, we are more formidable against the powers of evil; when we are divided, we are more easily overcome by evil.
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