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Europe and the Faith

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In this book, pivotal to all his historical insights, Belloc answers the question: What made Europe? He shows it was not the barbarians nor the Protestant Reformation, but the Catholic Faith that made Europe (and the worldwide civilization produced by Europe). Protestantism gravely wounded this our civilization, and only the Catholic Faith can rejuvenate it. It must return ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published October 3rd 1992 by TAN Books (first published 1920)
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Mark Adderley
This is a good book. I generally agree with Belloc's idea, that the Roman Empire didn't fall, it was just transformed into the Roman Catholic Church, and that the Reformation was a bad thing--Belloc calls it a disaster. But the study of history and especially archaeology have progressed since 1920, so there are some things Belloc can't take into account. He minimizes the barbarian incursions into Europe, for example. While this is done by more modern historians, I think Belloc overstates his cas ...more
I was drawn to Hilaire Belloc because of his being such an influence on GK Chesterton whose writings I have discovered and love. With this book, Belloc gives a concise history of Christendom in Europe, how it influenced civilization in Europe for good, brought Europe through the decay of the Roman Empire having basically drawn from the Roman Empire all that was salvageable, helped preserve civilization and Christianity through the Dark Ages and then with a re-awakening of true spirituality and ...more
Roger Buck
The great Hilaire Belloc in his most paradigmatic work. Brilliant, fascinating and profoundly important for healing our troubled culture. For there will be no healing without understanding our roots … the roots of Christendom.

I am hoping to review this book in-depth soon at my own website devoted to Christendom, a website inspired by Belloc in large measure … Lovers of Belloc may be interested in my archive of posts and reviews dedicated to Belloc:

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Alyssa Watson
If the reader isn't catholic I don't think they will be convinced of the author's views but I think every reader- be they catholic or not- will appreciate learning to see how a European catholic would view their own region's history. A useful easy read, especially for those who live in a culture with a non or anti catholic view of history. However it is a very sweeping and generalized history so if the reader has a specific question about Catholic history or is short on time I would recommend it ...more
Tim Renshaw
Very interesting viewpoint. Starts pretty good and then devolves into... I'm not sure what, but definitely more of a rant against the Bible's sufficiency, against capitalism and a defense of feudalism and the Renaissance as the height of human civilization. The Renaissance was pro-christian and the Reformation a return to barbarism? I need to find out if this book was written in response to another treatise and read that. perhaps that would give better context to the case, though there is no rec ...more
Fr. Kyle
The book takes a rather sweeping look at history. He goes through each period selecting certain things to help make his point. He desires for brevity as opposed to unnecessary depth. As for a history book, it would work well in a Western Civ course, especially for those in a home school situation. If I were a parent, I would give this to my child as supplementary reading because it corrects so much erroneous thoughts and assumptions regarding European history.
John Davis
A brilliant though rather short work and in its finality I found to be quite prophetic (this work was written in the early twentieth century). A book that really re -gears the mind in matters of Western history, properly focusing one's understanding of the origins of our Western civilization and where it's heading.
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Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his ...more
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