How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization

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How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization

Postby Pondero » July 18th, 2017, 11:08 am

Yes, there is such a book which I will write about in coming days.One amusing story was of a English monk called Eilmer who flew over 600 feet in a glider from an Abbey in Wiltshire .An eleventh century aviator.He came a cropper and broke both legs. He said that he should have had a tail on his glider .
According to one study, the average adult has a shorter attention span (eight seconds) than a goldfish (nine seconds).
This is not surprising in today's wired , or wified world.
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Re: How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization

Postby Pondero » July 24th, 2017, 7:20 pm

It should be well known that the universities were started by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.They were attached to some reiigious centre.(Details will follow later.)*
The religious monks were instructed to give a free education to the laity, this they did, teaching the people to read and write and learn Latin.

*Nothing like the modern university existed in ancient Greece or Rome.They began, (Paris, Bologna ,Oxford and Cambridge) over a period of time from cathedral schools forming in the late twelth century. The universities had prescribed curriculums, they granted degrees.A masters degree entitled the bearer to teach anywhere in the world.Pope Gregory IX granted such to the university of Toulouse in a document dated 1233. The universities could not grant degrees without the approval of the Pope. Pope Innocent IV granted this privilege to Oxford University in 1254.
We read that the distinction between undergraduate and graduate education was made in the early universities more or less as it is today.
The studies were ‘ordinary disputation’. The master would assign students to argue one side or the other of the question. To obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree a student was expected to determine a question by himself to the satisfaction of the faculty. He did so based on careful argument. A BA took a student four or five years. He studied works on Aristotle, metaphysics and mathematics.
Then we move on to the studies of St, Anselm and St.Thomas Aquinas. At the Masters level and beyond.
Information gleaned from
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. (Thomas E.Woods,Jr.,Ph.D.)
According to one study, the average adult has a shorter attention span (eight seconds) than a goldfish (nine seconds).
This is not surprising in today's wired , or wified world.
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Re: How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization

Postby Pondero » July 25th, 2017, 6:43 pm

I have read the book at least twice and I am going to wrap this up: law was derived from canon law of the church and the Spanish Jesuits had a lot to do with that, along with insisting on fair and equal treatment for Indians in South America. Jesuits were also involved in astronomy, geology and other sciences to a great degree. And finally, up in Yorkshire at the time of the Reformation the Cistercians ( there is current evidence to show) that cast iron through highly efficient furnaces was in a high state of development in their monasteries, and if Henry V111 had not interfered, there is a probability that the Industrial Revolution would have started two centuries earlier. That is all.
According to one study, the average adult has a shorter attention span (eight seconds) than a goldfish (nine seconds).
This is not surprising in today's wired , or wified world.
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