The Lost Truth : The Western Civilization

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The Lost Truth: The Western Civilization was built by the Catholic Church It is not unusual for an average American to possess a negative view on the Catholic Church. Indeed, historians find it difficult to convince most people that the Catholic Church did not give rise to the cultural and intellectual retrogression experienced during the Middle Ages. Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. wrote a book called “How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization” to demonstrate that the Church’s contributions to Western societies go past the aspects of music, arts and architecture. As the title suggests, the author goes beyond: The Catholic Church built Western civilization. Dr. Thomas Woods completed a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in History at Columbia University. He is also the author of 11 New York Times bestselling books. In this essay, there will be a synopsis of each chapter of Dr. Woods’ book. A detailed discussion of chapter 5 (The Church and Science) will also be included. Hope: “A Light in the Darkness” The beginning of the Middle Ages was marked by barbarian attacks in the West which resulted in an intellectual and cultural reversion. After the sack of Rome in 410, the Catholic Church tried to hold civilization together while seeking protection elsewhere. She eventually affiliated Herself with the Merovingian ruling family after successfully converting Clovis, the Frankish king in 481. When the Merovingian family experienced a

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