Friday, February 24, 2006

How Catholicism Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success

Baylor University scholar Rodney Stark has just released a book titled: The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success. In it he writes how "...the West became history's most successful civilization because of the unique theology that undergirded western culture. Christian theology was both rational and progressive; it held that knowledge of God and of God's purposes could deepen and develop over time, to the point where new doctrines could evolve. Unlike Islam, which froze doctrine in an unchangeable sacred text, Christianity affirmed the "development of doctrine," and that had a profound cultural impact — it helped create a civilization that was future-oriented, that believed in material as well as intellectual and spiritual progress, and that thought itself obliged to apply human reason to nature so that the world might become a garden of God..." I for one will be looking for this book to read. I'll give you all my own feedback because I am a history enthusiast. For more click here.

2 comments:

Hurrah for this author!

To often in my classes I hear how prior the the enligtenment the western world was a barbarous theocracy.

There is nothing worse than those who bite the hand that feeds them, in this case western civilization.

Tito said...

That's why I'm leaning heavily towards home schooling (if I'm blessed with a wife and children). The educational system in the public schools is horrible.

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