Defensive Lapses by R. V. Young

Book Review

Defensive Lapses

Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History
by Rodney Stark

Templeton Press, 2016
(216 pages, $27.95, hardcover)

reviewed by R. V. Young

When I was in the third grade in a public school in Angola, New York, a small town outside Buffalo, my class was shown an "educational" film to mark Columbus Day on October 12, a holiday still innocently celebrated in those benighted days. Columbus was depicted reassuring terrified seamen that the earth is "round, like an orange" (which he helpfully held up as an illustration), a . . .