How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization


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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596983281
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 112,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he is the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown , The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History , and How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards for his book The Church and the Market. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Topeka, Kansas.

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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Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another one of those wonderful history books that turns history on its side, like Thomas Cahill's _How The _Irish_Saved _Civilization_. How the Catholic Church fostered Western science, technology, jurisprudence and education in the late middle ages. Western civilization is not secular in origin but is the product of monks, clerics and pious laymen who sought to make a kinder, gentler world that glorified God and Christ. It tells the true story of Galileo, the inquisition and the crusades. It is an excellent resource for RCIA classes and for anyone who looks for the unity and wisdom of western civilization.