Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dr John Roa launches his new book in London

UPDATE: the book failed to arrive in time for the LMS Conference, annoyingly, but has got here now. We have a limited number of copies which will be with you a lot more quickly than if you buy them from the Remnant directly:

buy it here.

The best introduction to Dr Rao's ideas is probably his conference talk; you can listen to that here.


Dr John Rao is the inaugral speaker at the LMS One-Day conference on 9th June. There will be a second chance to hear Dr Rao speak, the evening before, with the Inn Catholics.

At the Conference it will be possible to buy copies of his new book, 'Black Legends and the Light of the World: The War of Words with the Incarnate Word'. This will be the subject of his talk to the Inn Catholics, at the 
Morpeth Arms, 
58 Millbank, 
London SW1P 4RP

on Friday the 8th of June at 7.30PM
(food is available at the pub)

Professor John C. Rao, D. Phil. Oxon., is Associate Professor of History at St. John's University and a Director of the Roman Forum as well as the Dietrich von Hildebrand Institute. A well-regarded speaker, as well as writer, Dr. Rao presents a lecture series on Church history in New York and as part of the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium, Lake Garda in Italy.

'Black Legends and the Light of the World' is a thematic discussion of the whole of Church History. It has three purposes. The first is to explain the successes of Catholic Christendom as the product of faithfulness to the fullness of the message of the Incarnate Word regarding the individual and society. A second is to connect its failures to an all too frequent clerical and lay Catholic willingness to believe and follow the guidance of rhetorical “word merchants” who either falsely blacken Christ’s teaching or emasculate it, rendering it incapable of changing fallen men and nature. The third is to demonstrate the essential unity of such destructive rhetorical game playing in its perennial war of words against the substantive natural and supernatural correction and transformation of man and society through the Word—from the age of the Sophists to that of Global Pluralism.

The Remnant has posted an interview with the author regarding this work

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