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How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization Hardcover – May 2, 2005
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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. 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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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.
If you are looking for a great, truthful, entertaining book on history buy this one!
This is a well written, excellently researched volume on history that focuses on unique and indispensable contributions made to betterment of life on this world for everyone by the Church. It is a must-read for everyone who enjoys living in this country or who wants to make the USA their home and keep it a great place to live and work and pursue their dreams. It covers historical events from 300 A.D. into the new millennium. Easy to read, easy to understand, this book is written by PhD historian and professor Thomas E. Woods and comes with a large reference/bibliography included to show where the information in the book has come from. I would count any book by this author as most reputable and honest.
It is also well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it, therefore I give it a 5.
This book was an eye opener book , and it helped me to refute others who repeat the same black legends about the Church. Now , having been read the book , I can share the true facts about the middle ages and The Catholic Church
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the church unfurled great human sanctifying upon our world.