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The Formation of Christendom [Paperback]

By Christopher Dawson (Author)
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The renowned historian Christopher Dawson devoted his long and brilliant career to precisely the kind of historical research of which theologians and churchmen stand in great need, particularly if they are to meet the authentic demands of this ecumenical era. Dawson's book traces the formation of Christian culture from its roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition through the rise and the decline of medieval Christendom. Here, as in all his works, he sees religion as the dynamic element of culture. He shares with Arnold Toynbee the ideal of a universal spiritual society as the goal of history; but whereas Dr. Toynbee sees this as achievable by a consensus of the great world religions, East and West, Dawson sees it as coming from the working out of the Catholic principle. "Catholicism does not rest on the consensus of human wisdom-even on its highest and most spiritual plane-but on a divine revelation which is also an act of creation." The Church is, in his view, just such a society working as a leaven in history; its role in history is that of healing the divisions of humanity by bringing the nations back into spiritual unity. This work of Dawson's has all the qualities which have earned him international acclaim as an historian and as a Christian Humanist. "Unequaled as an historian of culture. Unless we read him, we are uninformed". The Saturday Review of Literature.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2008
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586172395  
ISBN13  9781586172398  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft when coffee shops were owned by someone other than Starbucks, and when really loud inarticulate music reigned. Chris escaped to the right coast in the early 1990s, where he received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems. Positions at Johns Hopkins, a large biotech company in Cambridge, his own consulting business, and several years of teaching and managing technology in his local school district all prepared Chris for his most recent venture as Vice President of Marketing for WizIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network company. In addition to this professional role, Mr. Dawson writes extensively for ZDNet (the business technology news website published by CBS interactive) where he has functioned as anchor blogger for years, addressing educational and web technologies. Chris lives with his wife, five children, and various critters in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.

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Typical outstanding Dawson Cultural History  Mar 21, 2009
All of Dawson's works are masterful syntheses of cultural history and this one is quite typical. The presentation is based on a series of lectures, so you sometimes get personal references to books or articles that he had published prior to making the book, which is a little unusual for a Dawson book, but as a consequence your interest is aroused to try to find the earlier publication. Dawson assumed that his audience already knew history, so this is not an introductory presentation of basic recorded facts, but rather, a synthesis of trends in the various manifestations of culture, including art, literature, politics, economics, religion and many other aspects of human behavior.
Formation of Christendom  Oct 20, 2008
This book was recommended by one of my seminary professors as a better resource for the overall picture of the Christianity and its growth. I have found that it is an excellent resource book.

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