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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
Awards and Recognitions How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods Jr has received the following awards and recognitions -
Benjamin Franklin Award - 2006 Winner - Cover Design-3 + Color category
Citations And Professional Reviews How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods Jr has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 129
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Studio: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.54" Width: 6.3" Height: 1" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Regnery Publishing, Inc.
ISBN 0895260387 ISBN13 9780895260383
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More About Thomas E. Woods Jr
Thomas E. Woods, Jr. holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he is the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Woods won the $50,000 first prize in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards for his book The Church and the Market. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Topeka, Kansas.
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What did the Roman (Catholics's) ever do for us? Jun 2, 2008
You can't read this book without thinking of the famous Monty Python scene from Monty Python's Life Of Brian - The Immaculate Edition where the People's front of Judea inadvertently lists every improvement that the Roman have ever brought to their land. This would be a great modern description of the politically correct view of the history which would like to forget all of the contributions of the church in everything from Science to Law to ethics, education and even the preservation and copying of books via the monks.
These facts are stubborn things and Mr. Woods wastes no time diving in showing over and over again how things that we take for granted have their base in Catholic belief and practice and the actions of faithful Catholics in particular and the church in general. The list is very long and the presentation is a celebration of the Civilization that these faithful catholics helped build and the results that all of us enjoy today without a thought.
The best way to understand where you are is to understand where you have been. This book does that job very well.
What a Joke May 15, 2008
I saw this guy on EWTN espousing his revisionist propaganda. Illuminating only for its psychological revelations about the author and his attempt rehabilitate the Catholic Church's doctrinal contribution to the darkest ages of mankind. I mean come on, the scientific and industrial revolutions were a product of the intellectual freedoms born out of the Reformation. Give it a rest, the truth shall set you free.
an essential work for any one who would understand the West Apr 22, 2008
Dr. Woods has written a book that has long been needed: one that tells the truth about the Church and the development of western culture over and against the lies, distortions and misrepresentations of to-day's anti-Catholic, anti-God visual and print media--not to mention the rabid hatred of the Church in much of academia. The chapter on the Church and science will be particularly enlightening to those who have accepted, carte blanch, the often repeated modern mantra about the Church being anti-science--always using a distorted version of the Galileo controversy as the ONE example in 2000 years to "prove" the Churches' scientific backwardness and authoritarian posturing: nothing could be further from the truth. Such a view is not only wrong; it is the opposite of wrong. Those anti-Catholics, both Protestant and secular, who dare to come to terms with the historical content and insights in Dr. Woods' book will find themselves with a new understanding and appreciation of the true roots and foundations of the moral, relational, scientific and metaphysical concepts they have previously taken for granted. How many converts will the book influence? It's hard to say. But those who read it with even a remote sense of fair-mindedness are likely to lose much of the Catholic animus they may have previously harbored--and that, in itself, is a good thing. Dr. Woods' book also has a virtue that Catholic homilists are encouraged to develop: transparency. It is very easy to understand. Difficult concepts and ideas are explained with a simplicity and clarity even a Fulton J. Sheen would have admired. The text is extremely lucid and enjoyable to read. An outstanding introduction to a great diversity of ideas and disciplines, Dr. Woods shows that virtually every thing we have and value in the West, with the possible exception of peanut butter, finds its origin in the past and its sustaining bulwark in the present in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church,.
WOW! Feb 10, 2008
This book kicks holes in the Dark Ages and makes it bleed light. A must for anyone with an interest in the West. Find out the great contributions to literature, art, science, education, farming, the legal system, industrial technology and much more.
Simply Astonishing ... A Must Read! Feb 8, 2008
This was an eye-opening encounter with the past. Thomas Woods takes us step by step through the growth of civilisation from about the 8th century onwards.
It is amazing how much modern myth has been generated by those who have had and still have a bigoted view towards the Catholic Church. Its also equally amazing how easily we have been manipulated those polemic views.
Tackling one prejudice at a time, the author lays out the effect of the Catholic church's existence and its motives behind every great institution we have today. There seems not to be a single area of modern existence, which has not been made possible by Catholic Christianities efforts, which is simply astonishing!
Some have accused this author of being too one-sided, but I see no evidence of this. He clearly states at every stage what he is talking about, why it came to pass through the direct influence or action of the Catholic Church, and why it had not or could not come about under the influence of other elements in society.