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4.0021186440678 out of 54.0021186440678 out of 54.0021186440678 out of 54.0021186440678 out of 54.0021186440678 out of 5 4.00 (472 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas E. Woods Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted. But what is the ultimate source of these gifts? Bestselling author and professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr., provides the answer: the Catholic Church.

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. Woods’ book is essential reading for recovering this lost truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging and engrossing…A mine of information and a stimulus for reflection on the debt we owe Catholic life and thought.”

    Michael P. Foley, PhD, Baylor University

  • “Superb and scholarly…Highly recommended.”

    Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, professor emeritus, City University of New York

  • “Puts the Church back where it should be: at the center of values, science, laws, and institutions of Western civilization.”

    Dr. Paul Legutko, Stanford University

  • “[Whitener’s] deep voice further adds to the pleasure of learning how popular prejudice has deceived us by ignoring the facts.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dario | 12/8/2016

    " excellent treatise on the reality of Christianity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chad Kulas | 2/15/2014

    " Lot of interesting history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Teremarie | 1/20/2014

    " I couldn't finish it. I read up until Chapter 5. Until that moment it was nothing that I didn't know. Besides, his vocabulary is a bit over the top, in terms of being biased. In chapter 5, dedicated to science, he writes a sentence in which he states that while many people believe that the industrial revolution worsened working conditions, it actually improved them; and then he goes to put his other book as a reference, about the Catholic Church and free market. He's completely forgetting the encyclica Rerum Novarum, which Pope Leo XIII wrote at the end of the 19th century precisely to address working conditions. If he's attempting to defend the Church, and is forgetting that wonderful piece of writing, I can't read any further. And I'm catholic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellis | 1/4/2014

    " This book was pretty interesting and taught me a lot about the influence, over time, of the catholic church. I was surprised to hear Woods' take on the contributions of the church to science, etc, and its openmindedness to the findings of research. We so typically think of the Catholic church as having been the "bad guy" in this area. Really though, think of all the work that monks, like Gregor Mendel, did. "

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