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Overview This exciting book offers a tour-de-force refutation of 30 major arguments raised against the papacy. Using Scripture, Church history, and common sense (wish a dash of wit added for good measure), Madrid explains why these "pope fictions' simply don't hold water. Fr. Ray Ryland, a former Protestant minister and now a Catholic priest, says "In a very readable style, Pope Fiction catalogs and refutes those fictions charitably and completely. Had it been available when I first began to be drawn to the Church, my journey home would have been years shorter. " Catholic author and apologist David Hess praises its "amazing clarity and readability." Marcus Grodi hails Pope Fiction, calling it, "concise and complete with welcome tinge of humor. I highly recommend this book to all those who are looking for truth. They 'll find it here."
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More About Patrick Madrid
Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 Catholic books including Search and Rescue, Where is That in the Bible, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series. Patrick serves as the Director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.
Patrick Madrid was born in 1960.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy?
Catholic Beliefs Jul 26, 2007
This book is an excellent book about the mis-understandings and rumors regarding the Pope. The book is an esay read and full of information including documation.
Very interesting! Mar 9, 2007
I found this book to be really helpful in understanding the Papacy. It is very well written and I like the way it is laid out.
It's St. Peter, Stupid! May 20, 2006
For Catholics dealing with objections to the papacy or any of their doctrinal positions, there are two types of criticisms they will encounter. The first is the carefully worded assertions by those who have researched both Scripture and Church history, are well versed in the history of the debate and its current state, and can rely on accurate and precise theological positions from which an intelligent debate on the issue may begin. This is the bread and butter of many theologians and apologists and is both intellectually stimulating and a means of presenting the true nature of the issues at hand for those who seek it.
While Patrick Madrid might well enjoy that sort of thing, it's not really what he's aiming at in Pope Fiction. You see, there is also another sort of objection - the type that relies on innuendo, paranoia, irrelevant facts, character assassination, and historical fabrication. In what might be called Homer Simpson apologetics, Madrid deals with the objections to the papacy that make you want to say "d-oh!" In this regard, Madird thus joins a tradition of past Catholic apologists such as Francis J. Sheed and contemporaries like Karl Keating in the thankless task of clearing the debris of polemical rhetoric spewed by restorationist sects and atheist opponents alike (is it not ironic how these two are allied in this regard?) and allow men from John Henry Newman in the past to Thomas Howard and Peter Kreeft today to be free to grapple with their counterparts in other traditions without having to trip over every self-proclaimed "bible expert."
Here, Madrid is facing squarely the many misconceptions regarding the papacy and its history and eliminating the residue left from years of modernist skepticism and bigoted "know-nothingism." His point is not to refute the more substantial objections of Protestants like D. A. Carlson or Orthodox theologians like John Meyendorff but to repel the baseless accusations of fundamentalists like Alexander Hislop, Lorraine Boettner, Tim LaHaye, and Dave Hunt. In this he succeeds with ease and also retains a sense of humor, clarity of purpose, and spirit of respect sorely lacking in the purely polemical atmosphere generated by his opponents.
One by one, the straw men go tumbling: the Petra/Petros distinction, the 666 claim, the history of bad popes, the Crusades, Galileo, the anti-popes, and so forth. In touching on more substantial areas of dispute (e.g., Pope Honorius and the Sixth Ecumentical Council), Madrid certainly does not settle the issue but he proves it to be no slam dunk for the other side either.
One of the more relevant for the coming months is that of "Pope Joan" - the legend of a female pope who reigned during the "Dark Ages" that Madrid demonstrates is actually a polemically motivated fantasy created centuries after the alleged fact (Madrid has posted this chapter on his website here). The story is being made into a major film no doubt in time for the next round of calls for women's ordination to the Catholic priesthood. Such efforts underscore the danger of putting forth fabricated evidence for the purpose of attacking ecclesial opponents - if the attacks are accepted into the larger culture, it undermines confidence in the claims of Christianity in general.
It is probably not the most fun in the world countering those with the courage of their derelictions. However, all those in a more historically rooted form of Christianity will find themselves with common ground on many issues with Catholics. As the largest and most identifiable of such churches, the Catholic Church is the target for all those at odds with Christian history. Attacks even upon positions peculiar to Catholicism often lead to more general attacks on the historic Christian faith. Thus an attack on the papacy becomes an attack on the episcopacy becomes an attack on church authority becomes an attack on moral authority. If we are to oppose those in other Christian traditions, we should not base it upon lies. Patrick Madrid has given us in Pope Fiction an essential starting point for debates on the papacy. Then we can deal with the real issues...
Clearing away the centuries of lies Feb 10, 2006
Since the beginnings of the Catholic Church (33AD), there have been those who try to undermine her authority in multiple ways. Most of these detractors focus their attention on the person of the Successor of Peter, the Pope.
Patrick presents 30 of the most common misconceptions spread by anti-Catholics (including the secular media) and gives clear and understandable answers to all of them. The intention of these explainations is to educate the average lay reader -- Patrick's writing is very accessable. While it may leave the "scholars" wanting more (many of course would NEVER be satisfied), there is enough here to convince any openminded person that the myths against the Pope are indeed myths without substance.
This is a must have for anyone who is interested in the truth about the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church.
Pretty good for those who don't care about the details. Oct 30, 2005
Ok. This book attempts to present and dispel 30 myths about the Catholic pope. The author does a decent job of not covering up the evils of popes and stick to defending the office of the papacy (analogy, presidents may engage in misdeeds but it does not negatively affect the greatness of our democracy). The book lost two stars for being very superficial. Really the book is a compilation of 30 simple presentations. It would do well to give you a small glimpse of the argument (which is interesting as several of the myths I was not even aware of). This book is good as a simple treatment of the issues, for a teenager, someone who does not want to get involved in more detailed historical accounts and intellectual investigations, or someone who only faces fairly uneducated anti-Catholics. The book will fall far short of desirable for anyone who wants to truly understand any of these issues or an apologist who encounters (the very rare) educated anti-Catholics.
I give this book a B for effort, B+ for subject matter, and C- for overall content (though as stated it would be an A- for a limited audience who desires a superficial treatment). And that's 3 stars.