How the Church Has Changed the World

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Highly regarded writer, translator, poet, and English professor Anthony Esolen presents twenty-five brilliant, inspiring essays that will give you a greater appreciation for the Church and her unique mission in the world.

You know the Church supports your sacramental life, but did you know…

  • Who created the tradition of the Christmas manger?
  • What Catholic is the father of modern genetics?
  • Who developed hospitals to continue the healing work of Christ worldwide?
  • That the greatest dramatist of all time was a Catholic?
  • And so much more!

In these twenty-five essays—which include the inspiring witness of priests, religious, and laity; which touch on the arts and sciences, civilian life and government, the realm of ideas and practical works of mercy—Esolen displays how the Church is truly the "leaven and, as it were, the soul of human society in its renewal by Christ and transformation into the family of God" (Gaudium et spes, 40).

Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen translated the Modern Library edition of The Divine Comedy, as well as the Johns Hopkins edition of Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. An award-winning contributor to numerous periodicals, he has authored fourteen books of nonfiction, including Defending Boyhood, Out of the Ashes, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, as well as a book of poetry, The Hundredfold. He has taught at universities since 1987 and currently serves as professor of literature and writer in residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.


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 “It is not uncommon to find books presenting arguments that the Church has failed the world. Under Professor Esolen’s tutelage, we will enjoy learning how Holy Mother Church, as she leads us home to where all the angels and saints are forever gathered around the glorious throne of God, has indeed made our world a better place.”

-Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat

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