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The Founding of Christendom: A History of Christendom, Vol. 1

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This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print. How would a historical narrative read if the author began with these first principles: Truth exists; the Incarnation happened? This series is essential reading for those who consider the West worth defending.
Paperback, 605 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Christendom Press (first published 1985)
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Sep 15, 2008 booklady marked it as reference
Shelves: history, religion
An excellent resource for those undertaking a study of our Western heritage -- especially if you want to be sure to be true to its Christian foundations -- or just to have on hand for reference. Wonderful to just pick up and read in sections as well.
Read all five volumes of this history over the course of a year, thirty-five hundred some odd pages or so. One of the first histories that I have read outside the classroom after having finished my undergraduate work. Written from the Catholic perspective, the narrative is heavily political, emphasizing war or political leadership instead of social history or the history of ideas.

In addition to writing history, Carroll analyzed Soviet propaganda for the CIA and founded a college in Front Royal
The Founding of Christendom (Vol 1) is a history book that explains history (not just religion but what was going on during each period) during Old Testament times up until around 300 AD. The book is extensively biographied and footnoted, so much so, that nearly 1/4th of the book are the notes for the rest of the book. This is certainly a reference book that can lead to further study about topics throughout the history of the early Christians. It can be a long read, but I'd suggest deciding on a ...more
The first 100 pages or so became difficult for me due to my lack of knowledge of the old testament. As we approached the Incarnation, the book became alive for me and continued all the way through to Constantine. Many topics I plan to do further study on - specifically the Dispersion of the Apostles (and Paul). I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they made those decisions. The book is terrific and the only shortcoming is my lack of knowledge of the old testament. Looking forward to the continu ...more
Luke Langley
An amazing telling of the story of history rising up out of archeological facts. It does a good job balancing the obscurity of history with the surety of faith and divine revelation. It provided great evidence for the historicity of the Catholic story while showing the difficulties of the archaeological debates around any given event. The best parts were his descriptions of Maccabees and the Christian martyrs. The only criticism I have is not that it was too attached to the Catholic position as ...more
I enjoyed finding so much information regarding the foundations of Christianity in one book. The author writes from a Catholic perspective, and is very up front about it. He documents and supports everything he writes. The bibliography is one of the most extensive to be found in any prior history book that I have read.

Christianity forms the basis for so much of western civilization that every Christian owes it to their education to reflect upon a book such as this.
Warren Carroll is not an unbiased historian. He freely admits his bias, that he is a practicing and believing Catholic. This is the first volume of his history of the world. The climax of this book comes at the pivotal moment of all human history, when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Another notable characteristic of Carroll is that he insists that it is not political, cultural, economic, etc, forces that make history, but rather people.
Included in the "History and Culture" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.

Listed by Patrick Madrid in the Reading Plan of Search and Rescue in Phase 3 (Advanced). ("perhaps the best available today in English")
Brendan Sweeney
All of the books in this series are phenomenal. Dr. Carroll takes a narrative approach to history that draws the reader in, making them feel as if they are actually there reliving the events of the past. A must read!
A great history of the beginning first three centuries of the Catholic Church. I highly recommend this for those who want a detailed account.
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per David Currie, this series reads like a mystery.
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Dr. Warren H. Carroll was a leading conservative Catholic historian and author, and the founder of Christendom College.

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