How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

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Baker & Taylor
Highlights the Catholic Church's central role in shaping such essential elements of Western civilization as modern science, international law, the free market economy, and human rights.

Perseus Publishing
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. Woods’s 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, you’ll 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 Church—and 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.

& Taylor

Written to highlight the Catholic Church's central role in shaping Western Civilization, this book shows how the Church gave birth to modern science, international law, the free market economy, and much, much more.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Regnery Pub., [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780895260383
Branch Call Number: 282.09 WOODS
Characteristics: 400 pages


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Aug 18, 2015

Look for:
"A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" published in two volumes by Andrew Dickson White, the founder of Cornell University, in 1896

conformmyMind May 29, 2014

This heavily-referenced book dispels many of the commonly taught misconceptions regarding the Catholic Church and its contributions to many facets of historical human and societal development. The facts regarding the Church's preservation and expansion of knowledge during the Medieval "Dark Ages" were especially eye opening. A must read for anyone sincerely seeking historical accuracy.

Jul 29, 2013

An excellent, well-researched book. So many interesting, but unknown, facts about Western history.


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