By John Rao
Black Legends and the Light of the World
The War of Words with the Incarnate Word
Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University
This monumental new book from The Remnant Press provides a rock-solid basis for a clear understanding of the history not only of the Catholic Church, but also of salvation itself. No clear comprehension of the fall of Western civilization in modern times is possible without a fundamental understanding of Man, the Fall, the Incarnation and the Redemption. Only by gaining a grasp of the black legends and the millennia-old war of the world against Christ and His Church can any of us understand current events in the Church and the modern State. This is Dr. Rao at his absolute best.
Black Legends and the Light of the World is a thematic discussion of the whole of Church History, based upon the Roman Forum Summer Symposia at Gardone Riviera in Italy (1993-2011). This work has three purposes: first of all, to explain the successes of Catholic Christendom as the product of faithfulness to the fullness of the message of the Incarnate Word to the individual and society; secondly, to connect Christendom’s historical failures to a painful, recurring, clerical and lay Catholic willingness to believe rhetorical “word merchants” who either blacken that world-changing teaching, or reduce it to a harmless caricature of itself; and, finally, to demonstrate the essential unity of such misleading, rhetorical word merchandizing in its unending, disruptive, all-out war against the substantive natural and supernatural correction and transformation of man offered by the Word---from the age of the Sophists to that of Global Pluralism.
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