FIRE AND SWORD: CRUSADE, INQUISITION, & REFORMATION
Matthew Arnold -- (3 CD set)
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There is probably no institution in the history of man more unjustly maligned than the Catholic Church—and no more powerful rhetorical device than the distortion of the facts regarding the Crusades, Inquisitions, and the Protestant Reformation. Opponents of the Church demand to know, “How can the Catholic Church be the true Church when she tortured and killed Jews, Muslims, and even other Christians in the Inquisition?” “How can a truly Christian Church be responsible for bloody religious wars, when Christ said, ‘Turn the other cheek’?” “How can this Church, with the blood of millions on her hands dare to condemn ‘a woman's right to choose’?”
Myths and Misconceptions
In the fascinating three CD series, Fire and Sword: Crusade, Inquisition, Reformation, Catholic convert and EWTN Radio personality Matthew Arnold pits the common accusations about these historical events against the findings of modern scholarship and what he uncovers will amaze you! In this informative presentation, he reveals that those who have a stake in keeping the myths and misconceptions alive are actively obscuring the best scholarship from both religious and secular historians.
Fire and Sword begins with an introduction to many virtually unknown facts about the Middle Ages, and exposes the common misconceptions about the period. Through the works of many leading medieval scholars Matthew demonstrates, "If we judge the past by its fruits, we'll soon discover that the Middle Ages weren't so dark (and Catholics not so barbaric!) as so-called history suggests."
In the presentation on the Crusades, you'll discover the true motives and methods of the Christian Crusaders and the nature of their struggle with Islam. Matthew discusses examples of the best current scholarship: modern medievalists going directly to primary sources for their research. They've discovered that Protestant and secular bias has rejected out-of-hand, the well-documented motives of the Crusaders in favor of a projection of their own anti-Catholicism. Surprisingly, the supply of written records from the Middle Ages is both large and largely ignored. Even many Catholics will be surprised by what they contain!
Matthew describes the Inquisition as "Catholic Kryptonite" because many times, just when a Catholic apologist begins to make headway on issues like the papacy or the Real Presence, the specter of the Inquisition is invoked to destroy his credibility. This series will offer you the crucial facts to put this topic in its rightful perspective and even show how the process of Catholic Inquisition was often more just and lenient than other contemporary forms of justice.
The last presentation takes a revealing look at the dark side of the Protestant Reformation. Far from an indulgence in "comparative atrocities," this presentation uncovers undeniable facts of history, often in the words of the reformers themselves, to expose the real motives behind the 16th century movement to abandon centuries of Christian Tradition.
What was the real motive behind the Crusades?
Did Catholic Inquisitors really kill millions of innocent people?
Why did the Reformation happen?
Was the medieval Church corrupt?
Are the Crusades responsible for modern Muslim resentment of the West?
Why should the Middle Ages rightly be called the "Age of Faith"?
What does modern scholarship say about the Crusades and Inquisitions?
Why did some reformers consider reason an enemy of faith?
Dark Ages: Church History II
Item Number: 8902
The Dark Ages:
Church History II
By the year 500, the Christian West was overrun with pagan barbarians and the once mighty Roman Empire was in shambles. The city of Rome had been sacked by Goths and Vandals, her libraries destroyed, and the population devastated. In the centuries that followed, Christendom was further challenged by devastating heresies within the Church and the unexpected rise of a new religion — Islam.
In the second installment of his fascinating series on Church History, Edmund Mazza, Ph.D. brings to life the astounding story of the “Dark Ages” (c.500 – 1000) through the lives of the great personalities of the early medieval period. From the Irish monks who preserved the treasury of Latin literature to Pope Gregory the Great whose influence on the liturgy is still experienced at Holy Mass it was through the courage and faith of Catholic Saints that Christendom survived to pave the way for the glorious Age of Faith that would be known as the High Middle Ages. Order now and discover important insights that are particularly relevant for Catholics today who are called to engage in meaningful dialogue with an increasingly hostile world.
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