Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History

Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History

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Book Summary:
History is the key to understanding men-whether as nations, families, or individuals. For Catholics, history has an even higher purpose beside. For them, history is the unfolding of God's Will in time, and the attempts of men either to conform themselves to or to resist that Will. But American Catholic historians have generally refrained from exploring their own national history with these principles, preferring instead to adopt the analysis of their non-Catholic colleagues, save when looking at purely Catholic topics (and sometimes not then). It is vital then, for Catholics, especially young Catholics, to have a good and proper understanding of their country's history. To exercise their patriotism, they must work for the conversion of the United States; to do this effectively, they must understand the forces and events which brought forth not only the religion of Americanism and the country itself, but also the sort of Catholicism which, in 300 years, failed so dismally to bring this conversion about. This book attempts to reinterpret the better known episodes of our history in accordance with the Faith, and to point up lesser-known details which will give factual proof of the truth of this reinterpretation.

Supplementary Resource: The Appendices for Puritan's Empire

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About the Author:
Charles A. Coulombe

Charles A. Coulombe was born in Manhattan on the day JFK was elected – November 8, 1960. His parents were actors, and six years later the family moved to Hollywood, California, taking up residence in an apartment building owned by Criswell, the then famed television psychic. Depending upon their financial fortunes, Coulombe went to a mixture of private and public schools in the Los Angeles area, attending college at New Mexico Military Institute and Cal State-Northridge. Spending three years on the Sunset strip as a standup comic, his first book, Everyman Today Call Rome appeared in 1986. The succeeding three decad...

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Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History
4 Stars A Different Perspective
on March 24, 2013
This book presents a refreshing perspective on American History. It interprets early American history as a contest between mostly English Protestants and mostly Spanish and French Catholics. If you're inclined to dismiss this in our modern multi-cultural present as just another perspective, consider that this was the perspective that prevailed at the time.While we view our early history as the beginning of our country, they viewed it through the experience of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The author sees his pro-Catholic bias as a counterweight to the traditional interpretations glorifying the eventual victors in this struggle. Essential reading for those who profess that our country was founded upon freedom of religion.
Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History
4 Stars American history from Catholic perspective
on October 30, 2016
Good overview of American history from Catholic perspective. When I read broad stroke history books I typically am happy when I am provided sources to dive deeper into specific periods. This work provided Botha good overview of the true American history and many sources to read. One criticism - when setting up his interpretation of certain period he rambles a bit ...... but that is a common issue with all historical writings ..... as detail is needed but not always entertaining :) Overall very good read especially for anyone wanting to see the TRUE AMERICAN history .........
Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History
5 Stars An absolutely amazing book.
on September 21, 2016
An absolutely amazing book. So little do we as American Catholics see ourselves clearly in our own history, as it is very easily obscured by many other currents, but this book clearly lays it out. If any American wants to understand his heritage as a Catholic this is the book for him.
Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History
5 Stars Excellent account of American history told through the lens of the Catholic faith
on September 3, 2017
An extremely engaging account of American history told through the lens of American Catholicism. Charles Coulombe hits it out of the ballpark on this one. He challenges you to accept certain truths about American Catholicism and anti-Catholism that has plagued the founding of the United States. Not a hit piece on the American way of life but this book will make you think differently about certain aspects of our faith and the way it is practiced here.