Friday, July 25, 2014

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

"History is a set of lies agreed upon,"
said Napoleon.

More lies have been aimed at destroying the good
name and holy work of our Roman Catholic Church
than at any other institution in the world.

History books ignore the Church's
contribution to art, architecture,
music, philosophy, and science.

Students today never
learn that the Church fed the hungry,
served the sick, and educated boy and girl alike.

But it's really worse than that, isn't it?
The Church's role in history
isn't simply ignored —
it is maligned.

Now — finally — a book that tells
the truth about Western Civilization!

Many books have been written about
the history of the Catholic Church.

But few history books have been
written from a Catholic perspective.

Here veteran historian Diane Moczar takes
you on a fast-paced ride through the development
of Christian civilization from its emergence within the
Roman Empire to its medieval springtime.

Indeed, within 500 years of
Nero's persecutions, Christian civilization permeated
every aspect of European culture. Both kings and commoners
paid allegiance to the Catholic Church!

A master storyteller with an entertaining and evocative style,
Dr. Moczar introduces you to the celebrated intellectuals
and mystics, the magnificent artists and writers,
and the greatest heroes and villains
who forever changed the West.

You'll also explore the dreadful heresies and sinful
practices — both inside the Church and out —
that developed cracks that would become
great fissures, leading to the bitter autumn
that followed this most glorious age.

Most of all, these pages will increase your love of God
— who is the source of all truth —
through a deeper understanding
of Catholic history.

And this book will renew your confidence
that no matter how many Neros are sent her way
by Satan, the Church will not be defeated but will endure
until the end of time.

The Church Ascending:
How Saints and Sinners Brought About the Triumph of Christianity in the West

Dr. Diane Moczar
$18.95 - 192 pages

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Here’s an unabashedly Catholic history that documents scores of sustained and unprecedented assaults on our Catholic Faith these past five centuries and delineates our Church’s brave response to each one.

For five hundred years, from Luther to Marx, through Darwin, Hitler, and Rousseau, wave after wave of cynical anti-Catholic men and movements have wrought havoc even worse than that of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, leaving our once noble Christendom a ruined city, devastated politically and spiritually, morally and intellectually.

They’ve ripped the heart from our culture’s chest: the Catholic Faith that once gave life and strength to her body. They’ve wounded even the Church herself.

Celebrated Catholic historian Diane Moczar counters here with an unflinching sketch of these five woeful centuries with sound reasons for hope. For, as she demonstrates, even after five hundred years of sustained persecution, our Church has not merely survived but continues in many places to flourish.

Almost two thousand years ago, Tertullian noted that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” a truth borne out these past five hundred years.

Time after time, as Moczar shows, persecution has not snuffed out the Faith but has brought forth great saints whose holy deeds and brave examples frustrated their persecutors by communicating to the besieged Church a vigor greater than that of her persecutors.

These pages will renew your confidence that the Church is indeed Christ acting in the world and that no matter how strong or ruthless or vicious her opponents, she will not be vanquished but will endure to the end of time.

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