Hostile Witnesses: How the Historic Enemies of the Church Prove Christianity

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Believers in Christ and his Church have been objects of persecution since the earliest days. For almost 2,000 years the blood of martyrs has testified to the world’s fierce hatred of Christians —and to their even stronger faith.

But author Gary Michuta (Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger) says it’s not just believers who witness to the truth of Christianity. Even the Church’s historical enemies and the most ardent philosophical opponents of the gospel provide unwitting evidence for Christian belief, morals, and practice. Just as a photographic negative reveals a positive image hidden within it, so too can persecution reveal an underlying truth of the very Faith it’s trying to destroy.

In Hostile Witnesses, Michuta looks at dozens of Christianity’s most notorious foes—beginning with the New Testament and through the twentieth century—and draws from their antagonistic words and deeds surprising testimony to gospel truths. From the Pharisees to the Nazis, from the Crusades to the Reformation, he presents a parade of skeptics, heretics, pagan powers, and rival sects: each taking a turn in the witness’s chair and giving an unexpected but compelling account in favor of Christ.

Rich in research and written with clarity and force, Hostile Witnesses is a unique contribution to Catholic apologetics. And one that speaks with special urgency to a modern world in which the Faith is once again under attack.