Ask someone today where Western Civilization originated, and he or she might say Greece or Rome But what is the ultimate source of Western Civilization Bestselling author and professor Thomas E Woods, Jr provides the long neglected answer the Catholic Church In the new paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, Woods goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity Gifts such as modern science, free market economics, art, music, and the idea of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods In How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, youll learn Why modern science was born in the Catholic ChurchHow Catholic priests developed the idea of free market economics five hundred years before Adam SmithHow the Catholic Church invented the universityWhy what you know about the Galileo affair is wrongHow Western law grew out of Church canon lawHow the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human lifeNo institution has done to shape Western civilization than the two thousand year old Catholic Churchand in ways that many of us have forgotten or never known How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is essential reading for recovering this lost truth....
|Title||:||How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization|
|Publisher||:||Regnery History Reprint edition September 18, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||280 pages|
|File Size||:||982 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization Reviews
One of the best books I've read. Thomas Woods, Jr. has four Ivy League degrees, which he puts to work exposing the biggest lie of all history. Far from holding back scientific discovery, the Roman Catholic Church is credited with so many scientific discoveries that it is the single greatest source of scientific discovery and invention, period.
A great book! Most people have been taught a revisionist history, in which it seems that Western civilization was born in pagan Greece and was stunted until it was reborn in either a falsely-secular Renaissance or the break of the French revolution. Many of the deeply held values, and almost all of our treasured institutions either originate in, were developed, or preserved through the Catholic Church. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., offers a valuable correction that many need in their historic outlook, but sadly few will heed.
I am a 60 year old catechumen, and just started reading this book (about 1/4 through it), and I must say this is a magnificent book. It flows and reads very nicely. Although I do not have a lifetime as a Catholic and have done nothing for it or Christ, I felt many moments of swelling joy and the pride of newborn association with it.
Whether Catholic or not; believer or unbeliever; facts are facts, even when they disabuse us of our cherished fallacies and prejudices. And such is, in my humble opinion, what Thomas Woods accomplishes by redressing distortions and exploding errors. It is remarkable that a work of such scope can be as terse and read so breezily; that events, people, and times can be as clearly laid out. “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization” is an antidote to the removal of Western studies from American education and an aid to a right understanding of the Catholic Church and the world’s debt to her.
Fascinating account of how the Catholic Church built Western Civilisation. With roots in Ancient Greek civilisation, the Catholic Church first introduced the notion that all men are equal under God, introduced the legal rights of nation states and their peoples be they religious or not, sponsored breakthrough science, introduced universities to the world, gave the world some of the most beautiful works of art and architecture, inspired medical research, promoted philosophical debate and moved forward from ancient sages such as Socrates, pushed for the rights of women in society and becoming the greatest source of charity and financial support to poor people's throughout the world.
Most people are biased regarding the Catholic Church, whether pro or against. For many decades now most historians have been on the "against" side, and many myths and misunderstandings are preponderant about the Catholic Church and particularly regarding the Middle Ages, so called the Dark Ages. This book, although written by a Catholic, brings to bear many historical facts that provide a much more balanced view, not only about the Middle Ages but also about the role of the Catholic Church throughout its 2000 year history.
This was a very good book. It was a very hard book to read to be honest with you. There is so much negativity towards the catholic church. We are so used to the negative parts so much that the negative parts actually become the most known parts of History for us and we forget or ignore the True History. Yes the church did some bad stuff. Yes, the church still does bad stuff. That's Life. The mystery of Christ and Grace helps softens the blow of reality. Ok we all know it, But lets not over shadow completely and just focus on the bad stuff. This book opens up a door that's been closed for many years. Every page is a slow door creaking open and letting light in....very good read and very refreshing on History and the Church as a whole.
This is an interesting read and fits in well with recent scholarship on the Dark Ages as a time that wasn't so dark. Woods does a good job highlighting and explaining the positive contributions of the Catholic Church to Western Civilization but he does so from the Catholic perspective. It's quite obvious throughout that it is a book written with an axe to grind, that axe being a defense of the Church from its detractors. As a History, it lacks objectivity but it does its job well as a defense. It is that lack of objectivity which brings me to my three star rating but I do think it's a book worth the read. It's thought provoking and may just help change your opinion of not only the Catholic Church but the Dark Ages and the Medieval World.