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"The result [of sola scriptura], over time, was that in Protestant countries, theology was no longer 'the queen of sciences' but only one source of knowledge, subject to individual interpretation, and was separated from secular inquiry. Because secular inquiry was seen as objective it eventually gained overweening predominance and prestige over doctrinally subjective Protestant religious thought -- an intellectual development that has been the major factor in secularizing the Western world" (240).
Whether one agrees or not, such issues are worth pondering, and this book is a worthwhile chance to do so with a dedicated Catholic.
But frankly, it's high time someone wrote a book like Crocker's.
First, by any neutral criteria, the Catholic Church is the most interesting institution that has ever existed (see below) and as such it deserves a treatment like Crocker's written with the attitude that people might actually find the subject interesting.
Second, it is remarkable how ignorant most of us are about the Catholic Church, even though it is clearly the most important human institution in the history of the world.
Third, the vast majority of stuff one hears about the role of the Church in history is complete myth. (Tiny example I hear constantly, exploded admirably by Crocker: "The Church led those nasty crusades trying to stamp out Islam"--completely wrong. The crusades (a)came along many centuries after Islam arrived on the scene--the Muslims were left in peace for 500 years, (b) were not against Islam, but against the blood-thirsy Ottoman Empire, a bunch that slaughtered babies on bayonets before their mothers' eyes and beheaded infidels for sport (and as such was completely deserving of the crudades) (c) were not all led by the Church (indeed, e.g., the ridiculous Children's Crusade was condemned by the Church).
So Crocker is right to have a somewhat polemical attitude here, as there is much to be corrected. And his lack of sympathy for certain acts and attitudes attributable to Protestantism is appropriate in the context of his historical narrative.Read more ›
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This is an excellent book about the Roman Catholic Church and how it laid the foundation of Western civilization. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really wanted to find this of interest. Couldn't finish it - felt very much like right-wing Fox reporting.Published 7 months ago by Ryan
Well researched, articulate and thorough . The author takes the reader through history from the time of Jesus to the present and documents the role of the Catholic Church over the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. Graeser
Amazing history of the Roman Catholic Church! Well written. Will read again sometime!Published 12 months ago by Kath
My wife and I found it to be a difficult read. I will keep it as a book of facts.Published 13 months ago by ol dad
An excellent read. Not a intellectual drool, but truthful history of the Church.Published 14 months ago by Johnboy
A wonderful book of Catholic history.Typical topics like the Crusades and the Inquisition are handled deftly. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian D. Babiak