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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Outstanding commentary.

    I'll never be able to take a number at the deli counter without ever thinking of Thomas Woods's tome, How The Cathoilc Church Built Western Civilization. Fascinating and informative, every American should read this book. That is to say, every Catholic and non-Catholic -- yes, even non-believers. Particularly non-believers! Although not exactly what we would call a comprehensive work, Woods does manage to provide, in effect, a most excellent primer, especially given the times in which we live. One might consider it a companion book, of sorts, to go hand-in-hand with the likes of Rodney Stark's, The Victory of Reason, or The New Anti-Catholicism, by Phil Jenkins. I can't help but think that there's another volume in the works from Dr. Woods. This scrupulously written book, however, is not only good history, we found it to be quite inspirational. That said: it's accruate information and, of course, one cannot act on the information if one doesn't have it. To put the latter in perspective: Reading THIS book is important stuff! Thank you, Dr. Woods.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is an apologe

    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is an apologetics treatise about how the Catholic Church contributed to the development of science, philosophy, art, and culture. For someone who has not read a lot of books on the subject - who wishes to be disabused of the belief that the Catholic Church shunned science and tried to halt the progression of culture - this book is an excellent introduction. It covers a wide variety of topics in a superficial survey of how the Church changed and promoted civilization. On the other hand, if you're like myself and are well-read on the subject, this book lacks depth. Although there was a wide variety of information discussed, there was very little that it discussed in greater detail than I already knew. Therefore, I would highly recommend this text to someone who'd like an introduction to the topic - it's well-written, well-researched, and interesting. But if you're looking for depth and detail, this may be worth just a quick read. 




    This audiobook was well-narrated by Barrett Whitener. No complaints there! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    Woods has done an excellent job highlighting how much Western Civilization has received from Christianity. Chapter by chapter, he walks us through every institution of Western society to show the pivotal influence of the Church. While the aim of the book legitimately focuses on the positive influences, it feels strangely incomplete. The Church often has destroyed the very thing it built. Especially in recent years, it has more and more reduced faith virtually to morality. The Western world has turned away from God due to that reductionism of God to the moral and the rational. There is a violent side to the prevalent Catholic God-image that has threatened to destroy the very grand contributions Woods rightly attributes to the Church. This shadow side has been philosophically and theologically explicated by Europe's most prolific theologian, Eugen Drewermann. To get the full picture, this important title may be supplemented with with the related title below.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    Woods has done an excellent job highlighting how much Western Civilization has received from Christianity. Chapter by chapter, he walks us through every institution of Western society to show the pivotal influence of the Church. While the aim of the book legitimately focuses on the positive influences, it feels strangely incomplete. The Church often has destroyed the very thing it built. Especially in recent years, it has more and more reduced faith virtually to morality. The Western world has turned away from God due to that reductionism of God to the moral and the rational. There is a violent side to the prevalent Catholic God-image that has threatened to destroy the very grand contributions Woods rightly attributes to the Church. This shadow side has been philosophically and theologically explicated by Europe's most prolific theologian, Eugen Drewermann. M. Beier's introduction to Drewermann's balanced critique of Catholic Christianity, in his remarkable book 'A Violent God-Image' (Continuum, 2004) is recommended to all those who want to get the full picture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    A MUST READ! HISTORY THAT IS REALLY READABLE.

    I just could not put this book down. I recommend this for non-Catholics and Catholics alike. It was an astonishing look at the contrabutions of the Catholic church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    What they don't teach you in World History class

    This book is about what they don't teach you in World History class. I took two college level classes in World History and neither course gave any real hint of the contributions of the Catholic church. There was a small mention that 'Christianity' had monestaries that had schools, but that is misleading because 'Christianity' had only one denomination until 1517. Why did they leave that important fact out? Why did they misrepresent the church's role in science, education, economics, medicine, charity, morals, secular law and international law? This book tells the stuff that biased authors leave out. It is a real eye opener that is fun to read. I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a couple days. It leaves me thirsty to know more. The part I like the most was the contribution of the Catholic Church to the advancement of women. Before Jesus, only the woman was punished for adultery afterward the men were punished too which is much more fair. Also, women could establish convents and do social work, which was very empowering in an age where women were not allowed to work outside the home. Wow! That blows the 'sacred femininism' theory of the DaVinci Code to bits!

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