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A 30,000 foot survey of Western Civilization through the lenses of Scripture, Augustine, Aquinas, Newman, Christopher Dawson, Dietrich Von Hildebrand and other Catholic saints and savants. A remarkable historical synthesis of six thousand years in one volume. Deep dogmatic and moral theological insights await discovery on every page.
-Edmund Mazza, Ph.D. Author, The Scholastics and the Jews
There are two ways of understanding history – as a random collection of ultimately pointless or at most cyclical dates, events, and players, or as something else. That something else is the working of the Divine Will in history, against a background of countless free and fallen wills – to the eternal benefit of the latter as individuals, if only they will allow it to be so. This is the Catholic view of history, as it must be that of any believer in Christ. Timothy Flanders expertly applies this understanding throughout this rollicking roller coaster ride through history. In this essential precis, he deftly weaves secular and religious history together in the light of the Faith, and shows the struggle between Good and Evil from the time of Christ to our own day. Especially good for homeschooler, it deserves a place in ever Catholic home, school, and library.
-Charles A. Coulombe, Author, Vicars of Christ, Puritan’s Empire, Everyman Today Call Rome, Star-Spangled Crown, Desire and Deception, The Pope’s Legion and Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy
Not since Saint Augustine’s City of God, has a book come along that so beautifully and inspiringly marries storytelling with philosophy to narrate the ongoing conflict that takes place within the visible and the invisible realms. Here, in City of God versus City of Man, Timothy S. Flanders not only brings us up to date in that metaphysical war but also offers a new framework by which we might more easily digest and engage that struggle through the Catholic understanding of Logos and through the insertion of insightful constructs on culture and society. The compelling manner and methods by which Timothy has arranged this work moves it from what might have been a just a mere work of reference to being a must read for every person of good will. Not only does the book offer many news things to learn, but many things we need to learn for the sake our culture and family. Heretofore, Timothy S. Flanders has cemented himself as Master of History and Storytelling within the body of those who came before him, which he exhaustively references.
-David L. Gray, President and Publisher of Saint Dominic’s Media, and author of Catholic Catechism on Freemasonry, and The Divine Symphony: An Exordium on the Theology and History of the Catholic Mass
City of God v. City of Man by T.S. Flanders is instantly recognizable as a modern classic. Not since Chesterton brought the realms of secular and ecclesiastical history into sharp focus with The Everlasting Man has such an intrepid undertaking been ventured. Featuring in depth research and plentiful citations, this work can appeal both to the layman and scholar alike. While Mr. Flanders certainly stands on the shoulders of giants, we all benefit from his courage in climbing the giants’ backs in the first place. With joy I highly recommend this monograph to any who have a curiosity for where Christendom is today and how it got there.
-L.S. Predy, Co-Founder of TheByzantineLife.com and The Prayer League of The Holy Innocents and St. Stylianos.
Timothy Flanders passionately offers a clarion call to all Catholics, urging us to stop focusing on the deficiencies of others, but rather, to concentrate on fulfilling our own vocations in life. He also presents a solution to the current crisis in the Catholic Church by going on a new crusade against sin, Satan and the things of this world, and by focusing on a restoration of the family, before entertaining a restoration of the Church.
–Michael Lofton, Founder and Host of Reason & Theology
Timothy Flanders has produced both an original and ambitious spiritual history of culture that will be of great help to the contemporary Catholic reader looking to understand the many roots of our current crisis and discern a navigable way forward. Throughout his thoughtful historical panorama, Flanders elucidates the meaning of historical events, figures and intellectual currents for Christians today, and does not flinch from judiciously and charitably assessing several important, though contentious, topics. In this thematic account of Salvation History Flanders is alive to the complexity of the historical phenomena he examines, and yet does not neglect the quieter though significant stories of folk culture, art, familial piety, and, above all, men and women of heroic virtue and sanctity that leave the reader with revived hope for a truly Catholic restoration.
-Theo Howard, Columnist for Crisis Magazine, the European Conservative and Culture Wars Magazine
Upon reading City of God v. City of Man, the first phrase that comes to mind is Magnum Opus. This book will forever be a great literary accomplishment, and should be required reading. It is profound, systematic and eminently sourced. It challenges both Conservative and Traditional Catholics, and is a good step towards true unity of purpose amongst men of good will. Bravo to Mr. Flanders for such an incredible work.
-Kennedy Hall, Author of Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity and Family Be Damned
The current unraveling of our society is not about politics or the economy, and it did not start with any former president. If you believe, but still do not understand, here is the 2000-year spiritual combat between fallen angels and pious Catholics. Tolle, lege!
Tim Flanders audaciously proposes an explanation of thousands of years of Western history in about 350 pages. This bold and sincere book employs a frame of reference developed from a study of a wide range of mostly contemporary Catholic writers and thinkers. Tim’s work offers support for the proposition that the proper organization of society is crucial for the well-being of people and most importantly for the protection of a rightly ordered family. Too often emphasis is on the nuclear family and nothing more, but this approach only gets half the equation right. The other half of the equation is that the authority in society must fulfill its mission in accordance with either the Natural Law, or as Catholicism emphasizes, the Divine Positive Law. You cannot protect the family without the right regime. That is because as I have said repeatedly, the higher controls the lower and the public informs the private.
Author of John Courtney Murray, Time/Life, and the American Proposition
In this book, Timothy Flanders shows Christian history from a unique angle. He presents certain concepts that are bound to change the way we look at the history of our Church. Some of the conclusions he reaches are shocking
Catholic writer at allanruhl.com
Timothy Flanders’ admirable book is a very well-informed and skillfully composed account addressing many important issues of Catholic belief. The presentation of this spiritual history is concise and informative and will be of significant benefit to both Catholic and non-Catholic alike.
Whether you are a cradle Catholic or new to the faith, or even if you are only curious about Catholicism—this well-sourced book is for you. From historical analyses to reasons to love the Faith, from facts that separate Truth from fiction to practical ideas you can integrate into your own life—you will learn that there is only One Faith and Christ is still King for all and forever, amen. Viva Christo Rey!
-Mark van Dijk
Groningen, The Netherlands
City of God v. City of Man is an essential read for any Catholic who is serious about taking up the duties implied in Confirmation.
Timothy’s book is an eye-opening read on the cultural and socio-political factors influencing the rise and fall of Christendom. His expose is a must-read for understanding the context of the current troubles in Catholicism in particular and Christianity generally.
Texas, United States
Timothy Flanders provides a lucid and insightful analyses of the major historical developments affecting the Catholic Church and the world over the past 2,000 years. For anyone looking for a well-researched, well-thought-out and concise rundown of the last 2,000 years from an orthodox Catholic perspective, this book is a must read!
Flanders summarizes his extensive reading on the history of the Church to make it accessible to the rest of us. He provides a clear picture of the state of the Church and how we arrived here. This comprehensive work is a great addition to any library.
North Carolina, United States
This book fulfills its mission completely! Timothy Flanders provides the fairest view of the journey of catholic culture throughout history because he takes into account the most essential aspect of man’s time here on earth: the spiritual battle. Instead of shying away from the more complex and often embarrassing moments of our history, he hits them head-on in order to open our eyes to the battle that rages on around humanity for our eternal souls. Our history is tumultuous and exciting, knowing it ties us more closely to the universal Church as we take up the battle for which our ancestors gave their lives and which we continue to fight for those who will come after us. Well sourced and thoroughly referenced, Timothy also gives us plenty of other areas to expand into should we wish to deepen our research and discover other authors.
Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France