Rome, Europe and the World is a very readable, fast paced survey of the history of the Catholic Church. It is the story of the melding of classical Greek heroism and Christian humility into Western Civilization, a culture that was cradled in the Middle East, nurtured in Europe, and spread out to... show more
Rome, Europe and the World is a very readable, fast paced survey of the history of the Catholic Church. It is the story of the melding of classical Greek heroism and Christian humility into Western Civilization, a culture that was cradled in the Middle East, nurtured in Europe, and spread out to all people. Western Civilization has shaped our world and Christianity is its heart and soul. The book begins with God’s choosing Abraham to learn directly that He is a universal, perfect, loving, consistent, and logical, God who is outside rather than part of His creation. He gave the Jews an extraordinary faith in the power of human reason to discover truth, and this orientated them to the future. The Christians accepted this idea and used it and their belief in Christ’s teachings to shape the world’s history. Rome, Europe, and the World’s chronicle is a fascinating one. The Crusades, the Reformation, the Inquisition, the 15th and 16th century voyages of discovery, and so much more, are all part of the Church’s story and none of them happened in a vacuum. This book explains why they happened, what forces were at work shaping them at the time, and what the ongoing ideas driving them were. Rome, Europe and the World has a number of maps and illustrations to augment the text, and is written in the brisk, detailed, narrative style that Thomas B. Costain adopted for his four volume history of Plantagenet England. The book has a 40 page index, 277 endnotes, a 7 page bibliography, and tables of emperors, monarchs, caliphs, presidents, and popes, and the dates that they ruled during the two millennia from Jesus Christ to Pope Benedict XVI. This is an ideal book for high school and college students, homeschoolers, and for ordinary Catholics who would like a clear understanding of their church’s history through the ages.