THE CHURCH’S GIFTS TO CIVILISATION

The Church & Civilisation

It is easy to overlook the extraordinary enlightenment that Catholicism has brought to the world. Much of our university system, art, music, legal tradition, charity and even much of our science have come from Catholic civilisation and Catholic minds. While whole libraries would be required to explore these topics in detail, but here are a few of the contributions outlined.

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Light & the cosmos

The Opus Maius (1267) of the Franciscan Roger Bacon, written at the request of Pope Clement IV, largely initiated the tradition of optics in the Latin world. Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Earth & nature

Catholic civilisation has made a remarkable contribution to the scientific investigation & mapping of the earth producing great explorers such as Marco Polo. Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Philosophy & theology

Catholicism regards philosophy as intrinsically good and was largely responsible for founding theology the application of reason to what has been revealed su...Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Education

Perhaps the greatest single contribution to education to emerge from Catholic civilisation was the development of the university system. Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Art & architecture

Elements of the Catholic faith have been the founding principles of extraordinary Catholic contributions to art and architecture.Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Law & jurisprudence

Application of philosophy to law, together with the great works of monks like the 12th-century Gratian, produced the first complete, systematic bodies of law. Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Language

The centrality of Greek and Latin to Catholicism has greatly facilitated popular literacy. Spread by Catholic missions and exploration, the Latin alphabet is...Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

Music

Methods for recording chant led to the invention of musical notion, of incalculable benefit for the recording of music. Read more

The Church’s gifts to civilisation

The status of women

Contrary to popular prejudice, extraordinary and influential women have been one of the hallmarks of Catholic civilisation. Read more