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), and expostulating with scowling black-garbed clerics that he would not fall over the edge of the earth if he sailed west to reach the Indies. I am not certain that . . .
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R. V. Young is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. His Shakespeare & the Idea of Western Civilization is forthcoming in January from Catholic University of America Press. He and his wife are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin, Florida. They have five grown children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.
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