- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Regnery History (May 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895260387
- ISBN-13: 978-0895260383
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 266 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
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. Woodss 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, youll 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 Churchand 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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Let me first correct the reviewer below me, who complains that the book fails to mention the trouble Giordano Bruno got into over heliocentrism. He seems unaware that most modern scholars reject the idea that Bruno's troubles had anything to do with his cosmology. Do a Google search for "Richard W. Pogge," a professor at Ohio State University, for more on this.
Back to my review: this is one of those books that comes along once every five to ten years that changes the intellectual landscape. Thomas E. Woods has brought so much evidence to his argument that the old anti-Catholic arguments we hear all the time will never be the same again. They will have to take Woods into account, or look foolish.
It took a special kind of author to write a book like this. The author seems equally at ease when discussing science, economics, philosophy, theology, law, history, and many other topics.
The author is also a wonderful wordsmith, his writing flows effortlessly.
A wonderful book to educate yourself, to learn about why you should be PROUD TO BE A CATHOLIC, and to give to your friends who have fallen away: it gives them thousands of reasons to return.
I also felt betrayed by the so-called education we as a society have been given by our bigoted institutions. But for this, in part, perhaps it would not have taken me this long to find the right church. Raised a Baptist, and subject to a secular educations, I had a built in prejudice against Catholics and had crossed it off my list of possibilities, without ever having given it a fair hearing.
If you are a Catholic, read this for a boost of faith. If you are not, read it to properly counter many misconceptions to which I am sure you have been exposed.
Little known, but factual, the Catholic Church invented hospitals and Universities. It invented the seven-note musical scale. More moon craters are named after Jesuit priests than any other group. The US Constitution is based on Roman Catholic doctrine rehashed to exclude Catholicism.
Thomas Woods cites over 400 academic references to support his claims.
It is also well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it, therefore I give it a 5.