I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. It gives plenty of examples of how the Catholic Church really changed the world. I am fairly well-read on Church history, but this book went deeper than my previous studies have and I learned quite a bit. In particular, the section on how the Church in Spain built the foundations for international law in response to the exploration of the Americas was fascinating. Popular culture today can't get beyond the Inquisition, which it blows out of proportion. This book shows how the Church actually built the ideas that eventually led to the idea of inalienable rights. It also shows how the Church developed economic ideas that led to modern Western economic freedom. This is a scholarly work that educates and debunks many myths.
This is an excellent retelling of the Church’s forgotten history. What a refreshing change to hear about our history without all of the emphasis being exclusively on the less than perfect actions in our history. This is a good read for practicing Catholics and unbiased historian buffs. This book is not for anyone that is biased against Catholism.
This book has been written by a professor of economics who works for a liberal think tank. He must be catholic, why else would he write such a book? It is a good book with interesting facts about the jesuits and other catholic/christian icons. I wonder though, if people with not at least a friendly relationship to catholicism will like it.
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I haven't listened to a lot of audiobooks before, but I certainly found the pacing to be both engaging and conducive to information retention.
This isn't that kind of book.
The narrator did an excellent job of making it clear when he was reading from the text, or when he was quoting an outside piece. I found the flow of the narrative organic and compelling.
The period dating from the 11th century to the 12th century was definitely the area of focus in this book. It is fascinating to see just how much the Catholic Church has influenced Western society in so many different ways. The final chapter which effectively showed how the Catholic Church's influence has waned and the somewhat disastrous results was quite compelling.
I think Catholics and most other Christians would find this book quite compelling and encouraging for a variety of reasons. For instance, it's wonderful to see the false narrative that Christianity and science are incompatible shattered with so many tangible counterexamples and arguments. Not every time period was given as much emphasis, and the story definitely is told mainly in broad strokes, with many anecdotes to add flavor and some good evidence to support the author's claims. This is not a book that is going to seriously entertain counter arguments, but the title would suggest that to most readers from the get-go. If you want a brief overview of western civilization from the perspective of a catholic apologist, this book is definitely for you. I'm sure there are more detailed books out there, but I doubt that many could be as compelling and entertaining. I would've preferred to see more commentary on the last two centuries, which were commented on quite sparsely.
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There is SO much information included here, I felt like I was in a lecture hall and should be taking notes! It was very interesting in all the content, but I couldn't begin to tell someone any details.
I have never been so enthralled by a historical book. The Catholic Church in the culture I grew up with was held with what I always assumed was an earned contempt, and I'd never questioned it. Apparently, while no institution is above criticism (something I wish was addressed a little more) the Church, especially of the Middle Ages, is owed a bit more respect for its contributions to the arts, sciences, and perhaps most importantly, Western philosophy.
This is an excellent read (listen?), especially for someone who has never heard the historical case for Catholicism. If you're like me, you may find it difficult to put down.