How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

By Thomas E. Woods

Ask somebody this present day the place Western Civilization originated, and she could say Greece or Rome. yet what's the final resource of Western Civilization? Bestselling writer and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. offers the lengthy ignored resolution: the Catholic Church. within the new paperback variation of his critically-acclaimed ebook, How the Catholic Church outfitted Western Civilization, Woods is going a long way past the regular story of priests copying manuscripts and holding the knowledge of classical antiquity. presents akin to sleek technology, free-market economics, paintings, song, and the assumption of human rights come from the Catholic Church, explains Woods. In How the Catholic Church equipped Western Civilization, you’ll learn:
  • Why smooth technology used to be born within the Catholic Church
  • How Catholic monks constructed the assumption of free-market economics years ahead of Adam Smith
  • How the Catholic Church invented the university
  • Why what you recognize in regards to the Galileo affair is wrong
  • How Western legislations grew out of Church canon law
  • How the Church humanized the West through insisting at the sacredness of all human life

No establishment has performed extra to form Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and in ways in which many folks have forgotten or by no means identified. How the Catholic Church outfitted Western Civilization is vital interpreting for getting better this misplaced truth.

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