Pied Piper Of Atheism
Philip Pullman and Children's Fantasy
by Carl E. Olson
British author Philip Pullman is widely acclaimed by critics and readers
for his best-selling, award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials. But
he has been criticized by some for attacking Christianity and promoting
atheism. What is the truth about Pullman and his books? What does
he believe about God, religion, the Catholic Church, and atheism?
What does he hope his books will accomplish? Why does he express such
strong disdain for the fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? Should
children be reading the His Dark Materials trilogy, or watching the
film version of The Golden Compass, the first book of the trilogy?
These are just some of the many important questions addressed by Pete
Vere and Sandra Miesel in their accessible, concise, and thoroughly-researched
analysis of Pullman's fiction and beliefs. The authors provide a literary
critique of His Dark Materials and reveal the many premises, and often
surprising literary and philosophical sources of that popular work,
as well as explain the symbolism present throughout. They also compare
Pullman's fiction to The Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter books,
and other famous works of children's fiction. And they examine the
metaphysical premises and moral propositions found throughout His
Dark Materials, and point out the many objectionable aspects of the
books—including violence and sensuality—about which every
concerned parent should know. Readers looking for a fair, firm, and
non-sensational critique of His Dark Materials will find it in Pied
Piper of Atheism..
Author: Pete, Sandra Vere, Miesel
Length: 100 pages
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God Is No Delusion
A Refutation of Richard Dawkins
Dawkins, biologist and best-selling author, claims that belief in
God is a “delusion” and that “religion” harms
society. Dawkins contends that he has reason and evidence on his side,
and he dismisses faith as unfounded, even irrational.
Dominican Thomas Crean tackles Dawkins’ claims head-on. He presents
straightforward arguments for God’s existence, and he uses reason
and evidence to defend such things as miracles and the authority of
the Bible. He also shows how God is important for a coherent understanding
of morality, and why Dawkins’ approach winds up reducing morality
to the individual’s subjective likes and dislikes. By demonstrating
how Dawkins’ criticisms rest on misunderstandings, superficial
readings, poor argumentation, a lack of historical awareness, and
not a little prejudice, Crean reveals Dawkins to be out of his philosophical
and theological depth, and his case against God to be fundamentally
Author: Thomas Crean, O.P.
Length: 160 pages
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The Drama Of Atheist Humanism
Henri de Lubac, S.J.
De Lubac traces the origin of 19th century attempts to construct a
humanism apart from God, the sources of contemporary atheism which
purports to have "moved beyond God." The three persons he
focuses on are Feuerbach, who greatly influenced Marx; Nietzsche,
who represents nihilism; and Comte, who is the father of all forms
of positivism. He then shows that the only one who really responded
to this ideology was Dostoevsky, a kind of prophet who criticizes
in his novels this attempt to have a society without God. Despite
their historical and scholarly appearance, de Lubac's work clearly
refers to the present. As he investigates the sources of modern atheism,
particularly in its claim to have definitely moved beyond the idea
of God, he is thinking of an ideology prevalent today in East and
West which regards the Christian faith as a completely outdated.
Author: Henri de Lubac
Length: 539 pages
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The Da Vinci Hoax
Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s best selling novel, purports
to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly
research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing
the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity,
a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial
forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been
throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus
and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true “Holy Grail”. Almost
everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about
Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of
Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.
But are The Da Vinci Code’s claims fact or just plain fiction?
Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus,
Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted
the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic,
anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?
Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer
these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into
The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising truths.
No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code should miss this
provocative and illuminating new book.
“The title of this book by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel says
it all. The authors of The Da Vinci Hoax deserve our gratitude for
exposing in considerable detail and with a sure touch the fabrications
of Dan Brown’s book. Theirs is the definitive debunking.”
--Cardinal Francis George
Archbishop of Chicago
"You'll save yourself precious time and money, and hang on to
your common sense, if you skip The Da Vinci Code and go straight to
Carl Olson's and Sandra Miesel's wonderful The Da Vinci Hoax. Conspiracy
theories are always alluring, but nothing satisfies like the truth
-- and Olson and Miesel do a superb job of defending the Catholic
faith against one of the strangest pieces of fiction of our time."
--Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver
"Finally! Someone has taken the trouble to counter the absurdities
of The Da Vinci Code, and to confront all the anti-Christian and anti-Catholic
rhetoric that book has inspired. In writing their own well-informed
and well-argued text, Olson and Miesel have done a real service, not
just to Christians, but to anyone weary of contemporary fads and foolishness.
And unlike the original Code, The Da Vinci Hoax is a delight to read."
Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania
“In The Da Vinci Hoax, Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel bring their
considerable analytical powers to bear on the phenomenally successful
novel by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code is a writhing nest of neo-Gnostic
myths, blatant falsehoods, half-truths and absurd suppositions presented
as facts--indeed, it is one of the most odious cases of revisionist
history that have appeared during the past two centuries.
Olson and Miesel dissect it carefully--break the code of the Code,
as it were--revealing not only Brown’s distortions of history
but the underlying malice in his ‘fictional’ attack on
Christianity. The Da Vinci Hoax is more than a refutation of a single
book; it is an antidote to a poisonous genre that is growing in contemporary
writing. This is a fascinating read and very good medicine!”
Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
“I’ve painfully watched some usually-sensible university
students fall victim to The Da Vinci Code disease. I’ll enjoy
having this clearly-written antidote to prescribe.”
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Editor-in-chief, World Magazine
“Olsen and Miesel have done a superb and meticulous job of dissecting
the fraud which is The Da Vinci Code. Not only Christians, but all
fair –minded people owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Professor of History, St. Louis University
Author: Carl, Sandra / Olson, Miesel
Length: 329 pages
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Faith And Certitude
The highly regarded Dubay (Fire Within) presents a thorough and concise
analysis of the critical questions and issues concerning faith and
certitude in our day. Written in a very readable, inspirational and
sometimes humorous style, Dubay cuts through the relativism and skepticism
of our time and exposes the deepest roots of error, whether scientific
or religious. He shows how anyone committed to an honest search for
truth and goodness can attain a rock solid religious certitude that
will not be shaken by developments in human events and academic studies.
"A masterful book. Fr. Dubay is one of the best writers in the
Church today. He explains with striking imagery, and uses colorful
language and readily grasped examples. One of the most important books
of our time."
-Fr. Richard Gilsdorf, Reflections
"Highly recommended for apologetic purposes. It is well-written,
easy to read and full of concrete examples."
-Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
"This book should be mandatory reading to help restore a valid
defense of the truths of the Faith. A brilliantly conceived tool with
-St. Anthony Messenger
Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., one of the foremost spiritual directors today,
is the author of numerous books including Authenticity, and his best-selling
Author: Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
Length: 266 pages
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Christianity For Modern Pagans
Kreeft believes that Blaise Pascal is the first post-medieval apologist.
No writer in history, claims Kreeft, is a more effective Christian
apologist and evangelist to today's uprooted, confused, secularized
pagans (inside and outside the Church) than Pascal. He was a brilliant
man--a great scientist who did major work in physics and mathematics,
as well as an inventor--whom Kreeft thinks was three centuries ahead
of his time. His apologetics found in his Pensées are ideal
for the modern, sophisticated skeptic.
Kreeft has selected the parts of Pascal's Pensées which best
respond to the needs of modern man, and offers his own comments on
applying Pascal's wisdom to today's problems. Addressed to modern
skeptics and unbelievers, as well as to modern Christians for apologetics
and self-examination, Pascal and Kreeft combine to provide a powerful
witness to Christian truth.
Author: Peter Kreeft
Length: 341 pages
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The Philosophy Of Tolkien
The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings
While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s
masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey
into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.
Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical
bones of Middle earth. He organizes the philosophical themes in The
Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references
to the text of Lord. Since many of the great questions of philosophy
are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as
an engaging introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical
topics in Lord, Kreeft presents tools by which they can be understood.
"Peter Kreeft writes so well! He is a master of profundity and
succinctness, an author with an uncanny ability to plumb the philosophical
depths without ever losing the clarity required to illumine those
depths to the average reader. What a joy to see his acrobatic mind
capering with philosophical delight in the presence of elves, hobbits,
men, dwarves and angels. This book is Kreeftcraft at its best."
-Joseph Pearce, Author, Tolkien: Man and Myth“Kreeft shows how
Tolkien gives a very convincing myth or vision which makes sense of
reality and gives arguments for them. This is an exciting and insightful
-Richard Purtill, Author, J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion
Author: Peter Kreeft
Length: 237 pages
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Chance Or The Dance?
A Critique of Modern Secularism
Contrasting the Christian and secular worldviews, Howard refreshes
our minds with the illuminated view of Christianity as it imbued the
world in times past—showing that we cannot live meaningful lives
without this Christian understanding of things. An inspiring apology
for Christianity, and a stirring critique of secularism.
Author: Thomas Howard
Length: 150 pages
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Literary Giants, Literary Catholics
author Joseph Pearce has firmly established himself as the premier
literary biographer of our time, especially in interpreting the spiritual
depths of the Catholic literary tradition. In this new book, Pearce
examines a plethora of authors, taking the reader through a dazzling
tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Literary
Giants, Literary Catholics covers the vast terrain from Dante to Tolkien,
from Shakespeare to Waugh.
Focusing on the literary revival of the 20th century, Joseph Pearce
touches on well-known authors like G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien,
but also introduces readers to lesser-known writers like Roy Campell,
Maurice Baring, and Owen Barfield. Anyone who appreciates English
literature will be entranced by the wealth and depth of this new masterpiece.
Author: Joseph Pearce
Length: 480 pages
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