Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson (October 12, 1889 – May 25, 1970) has been called “the greatest English-speaking Catholic historian of the twentieth century”. He took a serious look at history and religion and in turn wrote over 20 books to include The Age of the Gods (1928), Progress and Religion (1929), and Religion and the Modern State (1936) to name a few.

Historians come in all different shapes and sizes. The well-known ones, those mass-market storytellers we invite into our homes by way of television or bestseller, display enough variety to suit most tastes. There’s David McCullough, courtly and urbane...

The Imaginative Conservative Senior Contributors: Cyber Inklings W. Winston Elliott III, founder and grandmaster of The Imaginative Conservative, recently posted a collage of all of the Senior Contributors...

Christopher Dawson The present age has seen a great slump in humanist values. After dominating Western culture for four centuries humanism today is on the retreat on all fronts, and it seems as...

Christopher Dawson Continuing the theme of language and its importance to the human person, both individually and relationally (see previous essay), let us turn now to Christopher Dawson. The English...

The Christendom trilogy served as the last great work of English-Welsh historian and man of letters Christopher Dawson (1889-1970).  Sort of. The trilogy derived, originally, from lectures Dawson had delivered while teaching at Harvard University between 1958...

Stephen Baskerville In April 2009, Dr. James Dobson stepped down as head of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family with a pessimistic message about his years in the “culture wars.” “We are...
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Our friends at Justin Press have recently published two wonderful books especially appealing to those of  us who share their admiration of the brilliant English historian Christopher Dawson. The Annotated Quotable Dawson

There is a popular series of books entitled, "Eat This, Not That." The premise of the series is that of all the foods out there, some are healthier for you than others or some are not...

Introduction and Notes by Joseph T. Stuart The handwritten manuscript for this lecture “Conservatism” was found recently among the papers of the Catholic historian of culture Christopher Dawson (1889–1970), housed at the University...
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Jesus Christ came to reveal to men that they have no enemies but themselves.–  Pascal It is this vital tension between two worlds and two planes of reality which makes the Christian way of life difficult...
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The Movement of World Revolution by Christopher Dawson (from the introduction, published by The Catholic University of America Press) Having witnessed the loss of an idyllic Edwardian world to the deadening...
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Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, by Bradley J. Birzer Featured Book: Since religion is the heart of culture, Dawson wrote, then “religion is the key to history;”...
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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to review Lord Percy’s Heresy of Democracy, a book Russell Kirk considered essential for an understanding of conservatism in the 1950s. Another book he had in list...
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  In Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, Christopher Dawson addresses two of the most pressing subjects of our day: the origin of Europe and the religious roots of Western culture. Click the link below to...