How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

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Regnery Publishing, Apr 20, 2005 - Religion - 280 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

The Indispensable Church
1
A Light in the Darkness
9
How the Monks Saved Civilization
25
The Church and the University
47
The Church and Science
67
Art Architecture and the Church
115
The Origins of International Law
133
The Church and Economics
153
The Church and Western Law
187
The Church and Western Morality
203
A World Without God
217
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
229
NOTES
241
INDEX
267
Copyright

How Catholic Charity Changed the World
169

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Thomas E. Woods Jr. was born on August 1, 1972. He holds a BA degree in history from Harvard and his masters and PhD from Columbia University. He served as a history department faculty member at Suffolk County Community College in N.Y. until 2006 then moved on to resident scholar and senior faculty member of Ludwig Von Misses Institute in Alabama. He is a N.Y. Times bestselling author of 10 books such as Meltdown: A Free Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, The Economy Tanked and Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse and Nullification: How to resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. He has also written for several scholarly periodicals such as Historical Review and Investors Daily. He won the $50, 000 first prize in the Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006 for his book The Church and The Market. He has been the associate editor for the Latin Mass magazine for 11 years. He has also appeared on MSNBC's Scarborough County and Bloomberg Television.

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