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.

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ISBN-13: 9781596983281
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 82,892
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Woods holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a national bestselling author of a dozen books. The Tom Woods Show, his popular daily libertarian podcast, is available for free online.

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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