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Warren Carroll (1932–2011) was founder of Christendom College, serving as president from 1977–85, and as chairman of the Department of History from 1985–2002. Carroll earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia Uni­versity. The author of numerous books, he has won a well-deserved reputation as one of the foremost Catholic historians of our time.

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  • Series: History of Christendom (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 605 pages
  • Publisher: Christendom Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931888212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931888212
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Francois Virey on December 23, 2001
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«History is a cosmic battleground between Heaven and Hell.» - Warren H. Carroll
The first of a projected six-part *History of Christendom*, the next three volumes of which have already been published, *The Birth Of Christendom* is history with a difference : as its author, Warren H. Carroll, PhD, confesses at the very outset, it «is written by a Catholic, from a Catholic perspective, with the conviction that Jesus Christ founded a church and that the visible church He founded is the Roman Catholic Church which, through its succession of Popes in particular, has remained, and always will be his Church.»
But a history of Christendom- of which this is, according to the author, the only example ever published in the twentieth century- is not just a history of the Church: it is the history of the «Christian public order», which «includes as a major element the lay or temporal order insofar as it is penetrated and influenced by Christianity. The greater the degree of this penetration or influence, the more significant is the temporal history so affected, for the historian of Christendom.»
*The Birth of Christendom* therefore begins much earlier than with the birth of the Church, with an account of the events, Divine and human, that set the stage for «The Incarnation of the Lord» (to borrow the title of Chapter 14), the most momentous of which being Creation and Original Sin.
The first thirteen chapters of the book are predominantly a history of Israel, for the Jews were after all God's Chosen People, the one with whom He made His first Covenant, and to whose prophets He provided some foreknowledge of the coming of His Son.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Arthem on March 1, 2003
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First of all, it is worth note that Carroll admits his bias right from the beginning, and thus honestly admits to what would have been obvious from the first few pages of his work. Among the "objective historians", the lack of bias is paramount, and is established by attacking, diminishing, and demeaning whatever subject they approach. Carroll, by way of contrast, admits a pre-existing bias, and is thus free to explore, explain, and defend his subject matter.
The Founding of Christendom accomplishes three great ends. First, it provides a succinct and riveting chronological study of the "History of the World." I admit I was quite shocked to discover that Carroll picks up his work not from AD0, but from the moment of Creation itself. Audacious! And yet his historical approach provides a new view of Genesis.
Secondly, Carroll's portrait of the evolution of Judaism, through the birth of Christ gives a compelling view of the necessity of the Old Testament as a precondition to the New.
Finally, the extent to which "Foundation" establishes chronological context is particularly impressive. Without so much as a "Meanwhile, in Greece..." Carroll manages to firmly establish the temporal relationship of Biblical events within the broader context of world history. It is one thing to look at a wall chart displaying events in different civilizations at different times, and quite another to understand the relationship between Philistine domination of the Israelites and the Homeric legends of ancient Greece. Certainly other works have hinted at the similarities between the Phillistines, Goliath and the Grecian demi-gods, but Carroll's was the first work that made it click so clearly.
Finally, this is the best of the four comparably excellent volumes for one primary reason: this volume has the least number of references to "August, the ancient dying time of Rome," the phrase of resort that may be Carroll's one true weakness.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Platonicus on October 10, 2001
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In this age of scathing biblical criticism and rigorous historical objectivity it is definately a relief to find someone writing history from a theocentric point-of-view. Warren H. Carroll makes way for Christ and His Church through a general overview of history starting with man's earliest encounters with God all the way to the establishment of Christendom by Constantine the Great. A thorough account of the life of Christ is given along with a clear, detailed narrative defining the Apostles' missions at home and abroad, the steadfast character of Christianity under persecution, and the pride of the Roman Empire giving way to the conquering humility and ethics of Christianity. An eloquent summation of both the New and Old Testaments are treated with strong and convincing answers to modern criticism - Carroll's colorful storyline mixed with brilliant Christian apologetics makes this an excessively convincing read...there are four books in this series currently in print, two more presently in the making.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 15, 2004
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I labored through several other church history books until I came across this gem of a series (four of six completed). Dr. Carroll has done thorough research and comes across with a balanced view -- and from an unashamedly Catholic perspective -- in very readable prose. Now that Dr. Carroll has retired, perhaps he will make time for book five in the series. I cannot wait!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
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Warren Carroll is a master at his craft. He writes history the way it should be written. His histories are true-to-life: full of heroes and villains engaged in the great struggle of good against evil. You'll find no economic or material determinism here. Carroll states at the outset that he is presenting an unabashedly Catholic history of Christendom. But, rest assured, these histories are no whitewash. The Catholic Church is presented with all its warts along with all of its glories. I have just finished the fist two volumes of this series and look forward to starting the third (and buying the yet-to-be-published volumes). The only way these volumes could have been improved would have been with the addition of maps helping to set the stage where the history is played out. Some of the ancient place names are obscure and many modern place names do not correspond exactly with similar ancient ones.
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