This book is one of the core books that both those outside the faith ought to read and those who were born, raised, but fell away from the faith oughtThis book is one of the core books that both those outside the faith ought to read and those who were born, raised, but fell away from the faith ought to read!
This book is an amazing book, originally I was still a bit taken back that the author stayed simply within the confines of the Latin Rite of Catholicism, hoping that he would have gone to describe that Catholicism is more then just the popularized Roman Catholic Outlook. However, toward the end of the book I felt that it was good that he stayed solely within the Latin Rite of the Catholic Tradition, because it is a sorely misunderstood part of the tradition by the public at large and such misinformation and ignorance I felt needed to be addressed.
I do not need to look any further to see who would address the issues the Church finds itself fighting against these days, for I have found one of those books and this is certainly one that will clear up many of the misunderstandings of the Faith with much insight and clarity....more
I can see why people believe that "Mere Christianity" is a book that converts people, its explanation of the Christian Faith is one that is very powerI can see why people believe that "Mere Christianity" is a book that converts people, its explanation of the Christian Faith is one that is very powerful. The way he addresses the Faith in a very rational and methodical way while being simple and easy to read [without it being childish] is indeed what I think makes it such a powerful book. If this book from the Signature Classics series of CS Lewis was this good then I believe the other books can be as well....more
This book is really the most in-depth book I have encountered thus far on real Catholic History. After reading a book like this I am quite proud to saThis book is really the most in-depth book I have encountered thus far on real Catholic History. After reading a book like this I am quite proud to say that I am Catholic in spite of the problems it faces today. Dr. Tom Woods does a great job of speaking in the positive while refuting the negative claims against The Church. This book is more then a primer, it is a knowledge base, a well-spring of historical facts that refute the popular misconceptions so easily! Dr. Tom Woods has done a great job with a plenitude of references and endnotes to back up his claims. Rightfully, the longest chapter is in the book is about "Catholicism and Science" which I believe will refute the more militant atheists claims about the alleged conflict between science and religion as well....more
This book was written by Thomas Woods Jr. prior to his more hardcore libertarian stance he now professes. It was Thomas Woods Jr who brought me back tThis book was written by Thomas Woods Jr. prior to his more hardcore libertarian stance he now professes. It was Thomas Woods Jr who brought me back to the Faith in part and so I looked forward to reading this book because of a shared ideological history, yet one that happened as an inverse: I was once more Libertarian and became more Traditionalist; whereas he was once more Traditionalist and became more Libertarian. Yet despite this inversion, I do respect the man's work and credit him a lot for it.
With this said, the book itself is impeccable. In all its chapters it discusses The Traditional Catholic Position and the Progressive position, as it elucidates from the first chapter the Progressive Philosophy in a fair manner. The remaining content of the book describes various issues (e.g. Education, Economics, Sociology and Politics, etc...) from the two sides and shows where there was common action but also common disagreement:
In most cases it would seem that Catholics and Progressives may have agreed with Means but not with Ends, seeing that Progressives saw things from a Naturalistic and Impersonal Humanitarianism whereas Catholics saw things in light of Supernatural and Personal Charity.
I think this book is highly recommended for every Practicing Catholic, or those who are reconsidering practicing the Faith again. If said reader is more well-read in current events today we could almost see a clear line from The Era this book was focused on to where we are today, the author does have an Epilogue as well, but for those of us who are aware of the current Zeitgeist one can see its birth in the Progressive Era:
For example, today we often hear the phrase, "Well it doesn't matter what one believes, so long as one is simply a Good Person." This notion is discussed throughout the book, and it would appear this notion being a Progressive Notion had its birth in the Intellectual climate that the author is writing on.
My only criticism in this book, is that I feel it could have been better broken up within chapters, the book while transitioning from the Progressive position to the Catholic position smoothly, makes it feel like its just running on at times, if each chapter had clearly marked sub-sections this book would have been an easier read, for me at least....more
This book contained some of the history of the early Christian Community, following the deaths of the Apostles. The writings enclosed tend to convey aThis book contained some of the history of the early Christian Community, following the deaths of the Apostles. The writings enclosed tend to convey a message of Martyrdom and yet Wisdom as well. One story, was a Myth that the early Christian Community shared concerning a Shepard and his family and how to make himself and those around him, right with God. This book is an okay book it is nothing too special except for its historical value, and the book itself tends to support the notions of Mass/Liturgy and Eucharist as well. One of the more interesting aspects of this book is when you read the letter of a Bishop, and quotes from the more Apocryphal Texts....more
For people looking for a Practical Spirituality to take up, whether a believer or not, this book offers the most help I have seen. This book covers boFor people looking for a Practical Spirituality to take up, whether a believer or not, this book offers the most help I have seen. This book covers both the interior and exterior lives of people, taken from Ignation Spirituality this book is book has its origins in Jesuit life between trying to keep in communion with something higher while going about the day doing the daily grind. This book I believe will help readers keep to its promise of, "seeing God in all things."...more
The book is alright, mighty short but the information it provides ought to help inform the correct way of looking at the spiritual realm rather than tThe book is alright, mighty short but the information it provides ought to help inform the correct way of looking at the spiritual realm rather than the modern way which is a poison on the persons spiritual health and development. I liked this book for its support of Classical Christianity over than modern and Protestant understanding that has lost ALL bearing resembling anything that Christ taught and sought to show us....more