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Europe and the Faith

Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc
By: (1870-1953)

Hilaire Belloc's Europe and the Faith is a fascinating and thought-provoking exploration of the history of Christianity in Europe. Belloc argues that the Catholic faith played a crucial role in shaping the continent's culture, society, and politics, and that its decline has been detrimental to European civilization.

The author delves into the early days of Christianity in Europe, tracing its spread and influence on various kingdoms and empires. Belloc also discusses the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent religious wars that tore the continent apart.

One of the book's strengths is its clear and engaging writing style, which makes complex historical and religious concepts accessible to readers. Belloc's passionate defense of the Catholic faith may not resonate with all readers, but it certainly sparks important discussions about the role of religion in society.

Overall, Europe and the Faith is an enlightening read for anyone interested in European history, religion, or culture. Belloc's insights and analysis are sure to prompt reflection and debate, making this book a valuable addition to any library.

Book Description:
The Catholic brings to history (when I say "history" in these pages I mean the history of Christendom) self-knowledge. As a man in the confessional accuses himself of what he knows to be true and what other people cannot judge, so a Catholic, talking of the united European civilization, when he blames it, blames it for motives and for acts which are his own. He himself could have done those things in person. He is not relatively right in his blame, he is absolutely right. As a man can testify to his own motive so can the Catholic testify to unjust, irrelevant, or ignorant conceptions of the European story; for he knows why and how it proceeded. Others, not Catholic, look upon the story of Europe externally as strangers. "They" have to deal with something which presents itself to them partially and disconnectedly, by its phenomena alone: "he" sees it all from its centre in its essence, and together. (Hilaire Belloc)

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