How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

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by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0895260387

ISBN-13: 9780895260383

Pub. Date: 05/25/2005

Publisher: Regnery Publishing


Ask a college student today what he knows about the Catholic Church and his answer might come down to one word: "corruption." But that one word should be "civilization." Western civilization has given us the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, a unique sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a

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Ask a college student today what he knows about the Catholic Church and his answer might come down to one word: "corruption." But that one word should be "civilization." Western civilization has given us the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, a unique sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, a philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts that we take for granted as the wealthiest and most powerful civilization in history. But what is the ultimate source of these gifts? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer: the Catholic Church. Woods’s story goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity. In How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, you’ll learn: · Why modern science was born in the Catholic Church · How Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics five hundred years before Adam Smith · How the Catholic Church invented the university · Why what you know about the Galileo affair is wrong · How Western law grew out of Church canon law · How the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life No institution has done more to shape Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780895260383
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
05/25/2005
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
351,106
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Chapter 1 The Indispensable Church 1

Chapter 2 A Light in the Darkness 9

Chapter 3 How the Monks Saved Civilization 25

Chapter 4 The Church and the University 47

Chapter 5 The Church and Science 67

Chapter 6 Art, Architecture, and the Church 115

Chapter 7 The Origins of International Law 135

Chapter 8 The Church and Economics 155

Chapter 9 How Catholic Charity Changed the World 171

Chapter 10 The Church and Western Law 189

Chapter 11 The Church and Western Morality 205

Conclusion A World Without God 219

Acknowledgments 229

Bibliography 231

Notes 243

Index 269

About the Author 283

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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Civilizations can be destroyed as easily as they are built. We cannot deny what happened to the Roman Civilization after it reached it peak.