Friday, August 31, 2007

St. Joseph and John Foxe

I don't think you can find two more disparate figures! I bring them together because I found two websites today that are pretty cool, one bears the name of the saint, the other of the sinner.

First, check out St. Joseph Software: Table of Contents. It has some really helpful resources, including:
I was pretty happy to find that one.

I found the second website, John Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Critical Apparatus and Additional Material, in my research on the book and any Catholic responses/refutations of it. In case you're wondering, this book, written around the time of the Reformation, details the suffering and execution of various Protestant ministers and laymen at the hands of the Church and the State. It's a favorite of generally anyone intent on discrediting the Church and the papacy, or proving the corruption of these at that time.

As a Catholic, it's important to take an honest and objective look at this period in the Church's history, lament what was truly an abuse, defend what is true, and dismiss the wild and exaggerated polemics that often grew out of the Reformation.

This website is helpful because it not only hosts a scholarly translation of Foxe's book, but if also provides many essays and other helpful information on Foxe's scholarship and beliefs. One of the introductory essays, "'St. Peter Did Not Do Thus': Papal History in the Acts and Monuments," is particularly helpful in uncovering the plagarism and falsehoods that are found throughout Foxe's work. You can also look at all of the images in the book, along with explanations of each one. The best part is that, as far as I know, none of this material was written by Catholics, so in using it we are less likely to be accused of bias.

Here are the other resources I was able to find on Foxe and his influential book:
Good luck in your defense of the Church.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

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