Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback (Autographed)
A Catholic Perspective on American History
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.
The combination of Puritanism, blind optimism, and materialism... would produce a people infinitely manipulable; any leader who knew how to push the right buttons would get majority support no matter what he stood for, or how much of remaining popular freedom would be eroded.
We have come to accept the notion that, so long as the government is "nice", it has a right to all the power necessary to run the country. The idea that a people might run themselves has become foreign.
But where a King is an individual, and may be held accountable for his wielding of God's authority, the people are too numerous to be responsible for anything. Further, since their desires rather than God's are to be the standard against which all must be judged, anything the majority appears to wish must be good.
"One of the most exceptional and relevant books produced in this century." - Laramie Hirsch, The Hirsch Files
"The book can help us make America Catholic again." - Gary Potter, Catholicism.org
"Coulombe's Puritan's Empire may be as valuable a consideration of American history, as that history as yet produced." - Richard Cowden Guido, author of John Paul II & the Battle for Vatican II
"Puritan's Empire will help you to better see yourself, and your duty, as a Catholic American." - Sherry Foster, The Remnant Newspaper
Charles A. Coulombe is one of North America’s most respected and sought-after commentators on culture, religion, history, and politics. A specialist in the history and government of the Catholic Church, Coulombe’s influence and expertise extend far beyond matters religious. He has written on topics ranging from the history of rum to haunted houses to a history of the United States.
Mr. Coulombe is a social and political commentator of note. In 2005 he provided narration and commentary for ABC News during the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the subsequent election and installation of Pope Benedict XVI. A former journalist, Mr. Coulombe served as a film reviewer and Contributing Editor of the National Catholic Register, during which time he received the Christian Law Institute's Christ King Journalism Award. Coulombe's work has appeared in over than 20 journals, including regular columns in Fidelity (Australia), PRAG (London), Monarchy Canada, and Creole Magazine (Louisiana). He has also been a frequent contributor to such publications as Success, Catholic Twin Circle, Gnosis, FATE, and the New Oxford Review.
As an informed and passionate speaker on a wide variety of religious, social, political, historical, and literary topics, Mr. Coulombe has appeared on lecture circuits throughout the North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1992 he lectured at Oxford University and the following year embarked on a lecture tour of Ireland and Great Britain, returning to Oxford and Cambridge in 1995. Coulombe has also delivered lectures at the University of Southern California on the history of Rock & Roll and at Cleveland's John Carroll University on the history of medieval monarchy. In February 2011, he was invited to take part in a debate on the abolition of the monarchy before the prestigious Oxford Union.
Puritan's Empire is an entertaining and educational read that feels more like an Off the Menu video, than the 500+ page brick that arrives in the mail.
While I do not consider myself to be most avid reader, and it does make me some time to finish a single book, this book is, at times, incredibly hard to put down, and really expands upon the images we already have in our mind about our country, and fills in the blanks that are often glossed over in the public school tradition of American Education.
As an Educator, I can personally see this book being an incredibly valuable tool to teachers in any institute of Catholic learning, whether it be a grade school, or university, as well as home school curriculum. The history really comes to live and allows one to create a personal connection to the past that often seems to be missing from history classes in general, it is a reminder of who we are and where we are from.
This book is incredibly enlightening, This book needs to be on the shelf in every Catholic house hold.
Have read a significant chunk in and I am really enjoying it. I have listened to Mr. Coulombe talk about some of these issues before and it is great to read some more details. Many Catholics do not think critically about American history, and so they miss many of its anti-catholic episodes. Many Catholics try to reconcile America's founding with the Catholic faith, despite the fact that the founding fathers were non-catholic and they believed that the faith should be suppressed. This book will help people understand the Catholic perspective on American history.
Having bought Puritan’s Empire over a year ago, I can say that it is a long book, but it is both engaging and easy to read. Catholics often view America as a culture and nation that is without a predominating religious identity or narrative, but that is not the case. The Protestant spirit and ethos paved the way for the secularist utopia we now so thoroughly enjoy, and this book recounts the oft forgotten histories of the Catholic sojourners therein.
We have recommended many times that every Catholic American read this book and we do not say that lightly.
I thought this was a great book
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