How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilisation

When writing about Do-Re-Mi, I was reminded of an illuminating book I read fifteen years ago – How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilisation.

Contained in the book are explanations, including, for:

  • Why modern science was born in the Catholic Church

  • How Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics five hundreds years before Adam Smith

  • How the Catholic Church invented the university

  • Why what you know about the Galileo affair is wrong

  • How Western law arose out of Church canon law

  • How the Church humanised the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life.

The Church, then, is the source for much we take for granted and much that secularised society rather forgets!


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