Education should not be confused with indoctrination. The Catholic Church was the strongest advocate of their version of education.
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Ask someone today where Western Civilization originated, and he or she might say Greece or Rome. But what is the ultimate source of Western Civilization? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. provides the long neglected answer: the Catholic Church. In the new paperback edition of his critically-acclaimed book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, Woods goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity. Gifts such as modern science, free-market economics, art, music, and the idea of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods.
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.
note: Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. is not a Catholic,
so you can't complain of doctrinal bias.
“An excellent work…. We are reminded by Professor Woods that the earliest universities fostered a dialogue between faith and reason, along with logical theory and a spirit of investigation.
Perhaps this is the greatest secret of Western civilization over the past four centuries. It is my cherished hope that this book will serve to unlock this hidden mystery.”
-from the foreword by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares
“This book couldn’t have come at a better time for Catholics clinging to their faith against an increasingly hostile and skeptical world….
Well argued and well researched.”
–Dallas Morning News
“Engaging and engrossing, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
is a mine of information and a stimulus for reflection on the debt we owe to Catholic life and thought.”
-Michael P. Foley, assistant professor of Patristics, Great Texts Program, Baylor University
“Dr. Woods’s book is a superb and scholarly refutation of the widespread and deeply rooted prejudice
that the supernatural outlook of the Roman Catholic Church disqualifies Her to make any valuable contribution to the ‘progress’ of humanity. This book is a magnificent illustration of Christ’s saying: ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His justice; the rest will be added unto you.’ Whether we turn to science, legal questions, economics, education, scholarship, fine arts, Dr. Woods shows convincingly the fecundity of a supernatural approach to life. This book is highly recommended.”
-Alice von Hildebrand, professor emeritus, the City University of New York
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