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How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe reader ´ Hardcover Û helpyouantib ☆ [Download] ➾ How the Irish Saved CiviEvery year millions of Americans celebrate St Patrick's Day but they may not be aware of how great an influence St Patrick was on the subseuent history of civilization Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become the isle of saints and scholars and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbariansIn this entertaining and compelling narrative Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evol This is the kind of book where the title really seems to over commit to an idea and overstate the reality of history I went into this book thinking that Cahill was surely using hyperbole to say that the Irish saved civilization He may be but this is still a remarkable and relevant history This is a great great book that deserves the wide readership it has receivedThe book begins with a retelling of the fall of Rome Cahill does this to show the peril in which Western Civilization was steeped with the fall of Rome He makes it clear that Rome fell for good reason it was top heavy indolent decadent and diseased But there was much that merited preservation the libraries of Ancient Rome and Roman learning were in great peril The barbarian hordes were pagan and illiterate and gave no consideration to books of any kindEnter St Patrick Here is where the Irish come to the rescue of the West Some know some of Patrick's story and Cahill does a good job of telling a condensed version Patrick was not the traditional type of bishop or missionary for his formative years were spent as a shepherd and slave He was not learned as many on the continent He brought Christianity to Ireland but apart from the traditional type of Roman Catholic influence His theology was catholic than Catholic This distinction is significant as it left Irish Christianity to be heavily influenced by Irish culture and language than anywhere else on the continent where the Romans held swayAs Irish Christianity grew and matured it was a kind of rival to Roman Catholicism The Irish sent abbots and monks all over the pagan and backwater continent and brought Christianity back where it had been lost or never really held influence They copied manuscripts and handed them down through generations when they'd been lost on the continent They wrote in the vernacular Irish language the first time a vernacular language was written down This surely led to the Protestant insistence on the Bible being translated into the languages of the people though Cahill does not make this connection specificallyMany are aware of the manner in which the Irish monks preserved the literature of the Roman Empire but this was only the part of it The fingerprints of Irish monks and missionaries are all over a wide band of Great Britain and Europe This is perhaps the most important legacy of the Irish during the Dark Ages They restored Christian learning in Europe and sowed the seeds for the Renaissance and the ReformationIn his conclusion Cahill observes that it will be the marginalized of the world that will preserve the best of today in the next crisis of the West It will not be the powerful the influential and certainly not the rich I think his thesis is sound for this is the way of God he humbles the proud and exalts the humble Thank God for the tradition of faithful Irish saintsI must add one thing that I am seeing and as I've read recently of the ancient world The un Christianized world is remarkably barbaric vicious almost beyond imagination Cahill shows the pagan Irish and compares them to other similar Iron Age cultures It is clear their worldview and life stand in stark contrast to that of today We take so much for granted in our Christianized cultures Yes we've lost so much of this heritage and are working to suander it But our world is tame and predictable compared to that of the ancient world The ancients were a vicious lot violently demonic in truth We can scarcely even imagine the truth of this today for it is so unimaginable as to be thought fictitious But it was real and it is there for the historian and archaeologist to see May this be a lesson to those who dismiss the Christian transformation of cultures that has come with the advancement of the gospel Christ has truly transformed the world from one of vicious violent and demonic forces into his advancing kingdom of light and graceIn this way this book is not simply about the way the Irish Saved Civilization but a retelling of the great transformation the world has undergone from barbarism to Christian peace through the spreading of the gospel in Europe The best part of the book is the very end where Cahill projects this model on the future For that is what history is truly about how the lessons of yesterday become models for tomorrow In this case we may take great hope in the advancing gospel in Africa Asia and South America I suspect that the resurgence of Western Christianity will largely be due to the recolonization of the West by the Third World This is a great book one of my favorites

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Ved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era Without Ireland the transition could not have taken place Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers both pagan and Christian while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost they brought their uniuely Irish world view to the taskAs Cahill delightfully illustrates so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland When the seeds of Though not exactly news to anyone who went to school in Ireland Cahill seems to have an Irish American readership as his target audience particularly given away by his repeated and annoying generalizations about the 'Irish Spirit' and such like what does he mean Jameson or Bushmills? this nevertheless has lots of good stuff in it and the overall argument is strongI particularly liked the early material contrasting the moribund writing of Roman Gallic poet Ausonias with St Augustine and the philospohical and literary revolution ushered in by his Confessions It reads as a great argument in a nutshell for the decline of the Roman Empire and the notion that the artistic output of a given culture can be a true reflection of its inner health or otherwise It is also hard not to share his enjoyment of the lusty heros and heroines of early Celtic Irish literature And finally his descriptions of the bustling worldly monastic centers that were translating and transcribing not only the key texts of Christianity but the epic literature of their native country and the canons of Classical antiuity are remarkable and inspiring

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How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval EuropeCulture were replanted on the European continent it was from Ireland that they were germinatedIn the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilizationPaperback New Arrives sealed ready to gift or add to home library Fulfilled by Prime Shipping eligibl I'm Irish Don't let my last name Zimmerman fool you I'm the proud son of a guy whose surname unfortunately obscures the fact that my mother of whom I'm also a proud son is 100 percent Irish so assuming my dad has a little Irish in him who doesn't? I'm at least 50 percent Not sure why that's so important to me but it is There's a mystiue to Irishness that simply isn't there with other countries of distant origins Ireland is ever green it's charmed and charming thick with thin space So you would think that by now I would have made my pilgrimage there But I haven't; Ireland remains a place of fanciful imagination for me You would also think that by now a proud wannabe Irishman would have read the 1995 national bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization but again you would be wrong It's been on my shelf for at least fifteen years waiting for me to finally crack the spine and dig into it I'm not sure what kept me otherwise occupied; it might be that my copy has a very distracting manufacturing error on the cover the spot gloss over the title is offset by about an inch or it might be that I have so much time sensitive reading to do that I just left this one slow cooking on the back burner or it may be that I know that calling myself Irish is absurd and vaguely insulting to people who actually are from Ireland so I felt guilty and avoided the uncomfortable feeling Whatever 2012 is the Year of Overdue Books so I swallowed my pride and indulged my self perception and dug in How the Irish Saved Civilization is popular history at its apex Part of a series of audacious arguments from Thomas Cahill The Hinges of History this one observes that the fall of the Roman Empire and the corresponding neglect of the archives of Western Civilization was paralleled by the Christianization of Ireland whose nascent monks saw their calling as twofold with no real opportunity to experience the Red Martyrdom of persecution unto death for their faith the Irish took first to Green Martyrdom or the cloistered life of studying the Scriptures and the works of the early church The prodigality of the Irish mind from p 131 In Patrick's world all beings and events come from the hand of a good God who loves human beings and wishes them success And though that success is of an ultimate kind and therefore does not preclude suffering all nature indeed the whole of the created universe conspires to mankind's good teaching succoring and saving was such that enthusiasm for these early works extended to pagan classics and other ancient culture Irish monks became archivists for the ancient West at a time when Roman civilization could no longer be bothered by its own history its own legacy Simply archiving history wouldn't save civilization of course And the Irish historically were not known for sitting around all day Irish folk history told compellingly by Cahill is lusty and brazen sometimes violent and always earthy painting a portrait of a culture consumed with life Such virility informs monasticism in uniue ways and the Green Martyrs eventually created an outlet for Irish wanderlust with White Martyrdom self surrender that involved taking to sea and going where the waves took you White Martyrs went everywhere some undoubtedly to their death and some of them wound up in Europe where they reintroduced Europe's classics to itself Not only Western civilization's culture was restored but a culture of being cultured was introduced the love of learning and the life of the mind and ethical responsibility that flows from it can be traced back to the missionary efforts of these White Martyrs Thomas Cahill made me want to be Irish not less His writing is elegant and exhilarating; you assume the truth of his absurdist claim that a tiny island in the North Atlantic known mostly for famine fantasy and fatalism gave Western civilization its life and soul back I'm struck by the lessons from Cahill's take on European history for people today invested in the mission of the church There are plenty of parallels between late antiuity and the modern day from the comparable dominance and moral vulnerability of ancient Rome and the contemporary United States to the increasing cultural irrelevance of the Christian church Cahill does a great job of noting the different worldviews of the two great Confessors of the era Bishop Augustine of Hippo and Patrick of Ireland one who developed an intricate and complex theology that over time proved oppressive and confining the other whose theology was informed by and responsive to the people who surrounded it Patrick's Christianity focused as it is on God's good desire for his creation is welcoming than Augustine's which emphasized the fall from grace and led to an emphasis on human depravity and eternal conscious punishment If the church wants to win some it could stand to learn from Patrick's winsome approach From the last paragraph of Cahill's bookPerhaps history is divided into Romans and Catholics or better catholics The Romans are the rich and powerful who run things their way and must always accrue because they instinctively believe that there will never be enough to go around; the catholics as their name implies instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family that every human being is an eual child of God and that God will provide If our civilization is to be saved forget about our civilization which as Patrick would say may pass 'in a moment like a cloud or smoke that is scattered by the wind' if we are to be saved it will not be by Romans but by saints