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on April 26, 2015
A very light read. He is definitely Catholic. Some arguments are very strong.
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on November 30, 2014
Insiteful, written by a critical thinking believer.
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on September 30, 2014
Great Read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
I've been a fan of Michael's Coren's for a while because of his quick wit. He's just so sensible. I liken this author to one of the characters in Downton Abbey in that he seems to have something poignant and clever to say without batting an eye (he has a tv show as well). The title certainly got my attention, but he leaves little confusion and gathered a lot of information and history. I appreciate that he uses many non-Catholic sources a resources. I find him to be credible as well as down to earth. I would recommend this book to intellectuals and Catholics and intend to use it for information if I find myself in another discussion about the Crusades.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2013
This book was incredibly dissapointing, especially considering the author is an incredibly sharp and intelligent man.

Catholics, actually, are not right. Catholicism may very well be (and in all probability is) the Light of the World and the lasting presence of Jesus Christ, but the people who follow the religion (especially those who have lead it!) have been wrong throughout history and continue to do so on a regular basis. That 75% of this book involves making excuses for shameful acts of Catholics across history only proves this. Now, don't get me wrong, as someone who enjoys speaking English as opposed to Arabic, and as a fan of Western civilization, I fully acknowledge the neccessity for the Crusades in the Holy Land (especially the First Crusade). I also understand that the Inquisition and the Church's relationship with science are grossly misunderstood and buried in emotion mixed with historical ignorance and propaganda, I get it. But while the Catholic faith is beautiful we, and especially our leadership, fall well short of its standards and are far from "right".

The arrogance continues and while reading it, my jaw hit the floor. We as readers were told that if we don't believe that Mary was literally a virgin, then we are not Christians. Last I checked, Michael Coren does not set the criteria for being a Christian. A Christian is generally considered, at the most basic level, a follower of Christ who believes in His teachings and Resurrection. That's it. Anything more gets into denominational territory and that's when you start seeing a laundry list of criteria that must be met and so on.

There are several more examples of unashamed chest thumping in regards to obvious flaws with the religion (as opposed to the faith) of the Catholic Church and Mr. Coren even goes so far as to say in a perfect world everyone would be Catholic. Ironic, that, considering Jesus was a Jew and they are God's Chosen People. Furthermore, it was the high church Protestants (namely the Lutherans) who's justifiable criticims and rebellion helped the Catholic Church react and reign in its obscene levels of corruption and cut out the rot that had accumulated over the course of 1500 years of power. Protestants and especially Jews are part of the plan of God, that much is obvious.

As far as writing style, because of the long list of problems with Catholics and their leaders, Coren is forced to barely touch a whole series of topics and makes excuses for them at an extremely rushed pace.

He does get two stars for his defence of the Crusades, but all in all, readers would be best served by reading Dinesh D'Sousa's "What's So Great About Christianity". If one is interested in the truth of the Crusades and their neccessity for our survival as a civilization free of Islamic domination, read Stark's "God's Battalions".
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on February 25, 2013
This book is a must read for all Catholics If you are into apologetics this book gives smart intelligent support for the Catholic faith.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
Michael Coren is a well spoken and articulate author. He provides arguments that shatter the common misconceptions of the Catholic faith. He arms the reader with no nonsense rebuttal to many attempts to tear down the church as we know it. You won't want to put it down, it renews committment to the faith and spurs determination to evangelize and defend the faith. I read it cover to cover in practically one sitting and then passed it on to other Catholics. I highly recommend this book to faithful Catholics who are seeking to deepen their faith as well as those who have fallen away or are exploring Christianity. It will surely be the reason you find your way back.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
This book contains absolutely nothing new to defend what Roman Catholicism was and is. Nor does it contain anything to convince me to return to Roman Catholicism. And it's a shame Mr. Coren - who I generally have a lot of respect for - would choose such a childish title for it. Had he not, I'm sure the book would have been taken much more seriously and sold many more copies outside of Roman Catholics. He might as well have called it: "Why Catholics are Right and why my dad can take your dad."
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2012
Great summary and refutation of some of the common misconceptions and deceptions propagated against the Catholic Church. Easy to read and a great reference for anyone (Catholic or not) to get an accurate perspective of what Catholicism is and what it is not! Anyone interested in history, religion or just the plain truth should consider owning a copy.

Jack
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on May 3, 2012
This book is excellent - as it argues a rational case for what we Catholics believe in and debunks a lot of the nonsense that has been leveled against the Church.
I have had the privilege of meeting Mr. Coren at a Marian day last year and I can say he is every bit conceited as he comes across on the radio!! But seriously, he is a good man and my dad - the professor loves to read his column. He is not one of the 'politically' correct talk show people who just wags his tongue to please public opinion. For that - I know he's suffered much.
Anyway - this IS the BOOK for all of us who have had all this hatred spewed against us by the crowd - who know less about the Catholic religion than they do about Jesus Christ. It seems like the media at large, especially in Canada - has been trying to demonize all Catholics because we don't applaud abortion, sodomy, pornography and that that other stuff that gives them - God forbid - rather nasty consciences!
Anyway - this is good material. It's wonderfully logical and comes in rather handy when a relative at the Christmas dinner decides to tell everyone about what's wrong with the Catholic Church.
READ IT!
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