A personal favorite this one... This is an invaluable resource not just for Catholics, but for anyone wanting an objective look at the History of the Church and it's relationship with science, and the advance of western civilization in many, many other areas. A whopping 7 hours of audio. This is an absolute must have. PDF version when I locate it again. For now, enjoy this abook.
Title: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Author: Thomas E Woods
Type: Audiobook Unabridged
Time: 7 Hrs, 0 min
Synopsis: 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.
Poster's Notes: Not really a subject I agree with wholly, so not surprisingly I found it a bit overstated, misleading (in areas), and wholly ignoring of the political and sociological repressions and limitations that accompanied the 'blessings' of mother church... in fact, there are a number of items credited here that one can make the argument for having occured 'despite' the church. When you are the biggest money in town... most innovators end up under your auspices whether they want to or not... look at everything the government takes credit for having produced...
Notwithstanding the above, it's an interesting read, and does outline many of the good works sponsored by the church. It also does a good job of identifying and time-lining many of the key improvements that led to the rise of Western Civilization.
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