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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 April 27, 2011
This is a marvelous book. Witty and fun and informative. It is also one of the few places you will find an acurate discription of the abuse scandal. I hope they start using this in every catholic high school religion course.
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on July 14, 2011
Coren hits the nail right on the head. He destroys myth after myth promulgated by critics of Catholisism. His research is exhaustive. Must have taken hours & hours of work to point out the facts versus the fallacies. Who could possibly win a debate contrary to his finding? An amazing book indeed.
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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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on March 28, 2012
What I especially like about this book is its boldness. Should a priest or a bishop write a book with such a title, riots would follow: "How dare you, after all these scandals!". In our confused age, it takes a layman, a brave and superbly talented journalist, a disciple of the likes of Chesterton, Belloc and C.S. Lewis, to urge people to think again. So, if you 'have issues' with the Church or want to be good at defending truth, give it a try.
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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.

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on June 24, 2011
Brilliant and informative in depth presentation re the truth about the Catholic faith. Being so accustomed to the uninformed and skewed opinions expressed by the media , his response was inspiring .
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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.
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