Christianity and European Culture: Selections from the Work of Christopher Dawson / Edition 1

Christianity and European Culture: Selections from the Work of Christopher Dawson / Edition 1

by Christopher Dawson, Russello
     
 

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) has been widely praised as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century. Commended for his sophisticated approach to history, Dawson focused much of his writing on the important relationship between religion and culture. This volume is the first edited collection of Dawson’s works to appear in several… See more details below

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Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) has been widely praised as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century. Commended for his sophisticated approach to history, Dawson focused much of his writing on the important relationship between religion and culture. This volume is the first edited collection of Dawson’s works to appear in several decades. It includes the full text of The Historic Reality of Christian Culture (1960) and features selections from numerous works, including The Making of Europe (1932), The Judgment of the Nations (1943), and Medieval Essays (1959).

“Superbly introduced and shrewdly chosen, this selection of hard-to-find Dawson essays is a powerful contribution. It covers all the central themes of this greatest of all historians of Christian cultures.”—Michael Novak, American Enterprise Institute

“No one was more keenly aware than Christopher Dawson of the need to recover a sense of Western history—and Christianity’s centrality to that history—in order to understand the modern world in which we live. Russello’s selections from Dawson provide a marvelous introduction to the thought of an unjustly neglected twentieth-century giant. A great book that I hope will lead to the republication of all of Dawson.”—Robert Royal, Ethics and Public Policy Center

“A profound collection of essays from the vast corpus of Dawson studies. . . . Dawson remains an essential teacher about the content of the modern mind and whence it came. His judgments about man’s worldly and transcendent meaning are always on the mark.”—James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University

Gerald J. Russello, an attorney, served as law clerk to Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for the 1998-1999 term.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813209142
Publisher:
Catholic Univ.of America Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1The Historic Reality of Christian Culture
1The Outlook for Christian Culture3
2What is a Christian Civilization?19
3The Six Ages of the Church34
4Christian Culture as a Culture of Hope46
5The Institutional Forms of Christian Culture54
6Civilization in Crisis65
7Christianity and Western Culture84
8Is the Church Too Western?98
Pt. 2Selected Essays
1The Study of Christian Culture107
2The Modern Dilemma118
3Europe and the Seven Stages of Western Culture132
4The Classical Tradition and Christianity152
5The Secularization of Western Culture170
6The Planning of Culture182
7The Kingdom of God and History195
8The Christian View of History213
9The Recovery of Spiritual Unity232
Index251

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