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The Founding of Christendom: A History of Christendom (vol. 1) Paperback – October 1, 2004
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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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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.
Carroll begins his survey by peering back to the edges of history, but unlike many authors of this genre he does not make suppositional leaps of the kind that G.K. Chesterton skewers in The Everlasting Man. Carroll approaches his subject with a Catholic point of view, in contrast to many authors of similar works that are neither aware of nor will admit to their own subjectivity. This approach is refreshingly honest, and that honesty results in a very objective treatment of Christian history since the author is self-censoring his admitted bias.Read more ›
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What I found most interesting about this book was the lead up to the Incarnation and Birth of Christ (which is about half way through the book). Read morePublished 2 months ago by michele murphy
Public school history books can only tell the students about events their author's consider important for the secular world to know. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. S.
Really well done. Reads more like a novel but is well documented in the text and endnotes.Published 4 months ago by rick vair
This is the first of 6 volumes in a series, and begins in the beginning, with Adam and Eve to trace the history of Christendom through the ages to the present (or the very recent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Carey
I was very happy with this volume. It was well written and organized, and it contained a wealth or resources for further study.Published 11 months ago by Scott's Wife
A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE INTO THIS BOOK WE ARE USING THIS IN OUR BOOK CLUB OF 100 PEOPLEPublished 17 months ago by margaret a. goodrich