The Catholic Church is like a parent. When the children In a family have a difficult time place blame on the parents. This church instituted by Christ has done a wonderful job throughout the development of Western civilization. Christ was a revolutionary and many even to this day reject his revolution. In doing so they place heavy blame on their parent church. This is unfortunate and is well developed and brought out in this excellent book.
Our present day society needs to reflect on the direction that current "values" are taking us before we fall prey to other belief systems that will for sure, enslave us.
The book is well organized and full of information about the plenty of contributions of the Church to the Western Civilization. It's a nice first step into this forbidden hall of history that has been hidden from students all over the world. As a historian and a Christian, I strongly recommend this book. Thomas E. Woods has made a great benefit in writing this book.
His doesn't lose his balance. The man is a great professional. Narrating an academic book might be very hard. There's is little variation of characters, almost none. Barrett Whitnener has made it sound as continuous conversation with a professor, as I were engaged in a lesson with professor Woods himself. Great job.
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.
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.
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.
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