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A Civilization of Love

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the exciting and history-changing ideas of Pope John Paul II in A Civilization of Love. By popularizing not only John Paul's vision but also that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to inspire Christians to work toward creating a civilization of love. In such a civilization every person is a child ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 25th 2008)
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This is a fabulous book, and one that every Catholic should read! I was very impressed by the practical and straight-forward application of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church to the realities of our every day life. This book takes what is at the heart of our Faith and puts it to work in the world. We are all called. It is our duty to guard, nurture, build, and share the love of Christ with the whole world. This book is a reminder of this very call. The power of this book is in it's profo ...more
It is amazing, to me, how farwe draw away from the common and courteous and the proper way to treat one another in this world. Are we being cheated by big business? Are we getting things over on big business and getting out "fair" share. Do we learn from the relationship between the commone people, the Lords of Industry, the Lord of us all and most importantly, do we learn that the respectfuy treatment of one another in the past and the decisiion to get awar from the doctrine of fairness in the ...more
A decent easy introduction to Catholic social teaching. The intended audience is lay Catholics, but even as a Protestant I found much worth pondering. The treatment of Nietzsche and especially the straight line drawn from him to fascism is too dismissive, but most treatments of Nietzsche's work that aren't explicitly philosophical typically make this mistake. Since most of the work is built around explicating the writings of JPII and Benedict XVI, it might be worthwhile for readers more serious ...more
This book has good content, but its organization is horrible. This book is really a collection of essays put together in chapter form. The problem is that the essays are not seperated, but all flow together without natural breaks. The chapters seem forced together; which results in confusion for the reader as thoughts meld into new thoughts that are not connected to the original. Breaking this book into essays would have solved this problem and made it much more enjoyable.
What is it all about, LOVE! This book is a wonderful book to see how God can be at the root of everything. Although it primarily speaks about Catholic social teaching (which is so great for every Catholic to know) it really speaks about concepts that everyone can relate to. That the family is the root of love, respect for live, mission work in our everyday lives, and more. A quick wonderful read!!!
Patti Clement
Written by The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, an organization of Catholic laymen. The author challenges Christians to take an active role in their faith to work toward creating a civilization of love.
I enjoyed Anderson's reflections and application of Catholic teachings to current world issues.
Carmen Galindo
Feb 06, 2010 Carmen Galindo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Catholics
Beautiful, Inspiring and insightful!!! A definite must-read for all Catholics!!!!
Mary Alice
For those interested, this is a must read, for catholics and non-catholics alike.
Oct 17, 2008 Gina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Eduardo Verastegui recommended it...need I say more? :D
A superb work every Catholic should read.
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