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.
I wouldn't take a chance to buy another because of the poor choice of reader. It puts you to sleep. I wish I could have gotten it in print. I delayed listening to it because of business or I would have returned it.
Ramon Orroyo or Father Mitch from EWTN.
The author obviously decided that enough criticism and negativity was already printed on the Catholic Church as to not waste time doing more of the same, what came out is a very well researched book aimed at proving a point, unfortunately it’s so biased and unbalanced that it’s completely ineffective. It focuses exclusively on the exceptions then aggrandizes the credit of the Church and ignores the “gorilla in the room’’ the church-monarchy-empire system of which the church was always both an accomplice and a parasite. At the end it won’t change anyone’s mind; if you’re a devout Catholic, you’ll love it; if you’re a history professor, you’ll probably hate it.
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.
i think this is a great topic for a book, and an audiobook, and I was looking forward to a scholarly essay. Instead, I received a 7 hour marketing pitch to the effect that everything positive and valuable about western civilization comes from the catholic church, which didn't make mistakes and is not responsible for anything that isn't wonderful about our civilization. overall, a whitewashing that was somewhat insulting to my intelligence
This is not a book on the effect of the Catholic church on society. It is a book on why one ought to be Catholic. It ignores the failures of the Catholic church while lauding the weakest of connections between the church and scientific advance. The author uses, for example, the case of support of a shadow government which uses a different writing style as evidence of the Catholic church's devotion to learning and their unimaginable impact on intellectual history - a great stretch indeed!
Wow. I bought this hoping to gain some insight on the history of the catholic church and its influence on our world. What I got was a revisionist cathlo-centric diatribe on what the author claims the church gave the world. I found it wasn't much different than watching a current day tel-evangelist drone on and on about christianity's gift to man. While the church may have given us beautiful chants and preserved some ancient texts, it needs to be presented in a much more measured delivery to make one believe at least in part, the author's zeal in defending the catholic church.
The only benefit to this was the hilariously robotic delivery by the narrator. I've heard computer weather-casts that were more interesting than this! At least it put me to sleep several times so I didn't have to listen...