Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) - Dermot Quinn

Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson)

By Dermot Quinn

  • Release Date: 2010-02-01
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Our rating: 5/5 stars

Score: (From 0 Ratings)
eBook version ☑

Audiobook version ♫

Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) by Dermot Quinn read book description and reviews

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 as a Renaissance bishop; Ken Burns, bearded and earnest in the required PBS manner; Michael Beschloss, bronzed and well-coiffed as a matinee star; Simon Schama, smooth and subtle. If the past is a foreign country, these are its friendly, unthreatening ambassadors, anecdotal, unflappable, fairly bursting with middlebrow sagacity. They are the bland leading the bland, and none of us is much worse for their agreeable, undemanding guidance. Away from the cameras, less glamorous historians play their part in making the past present--graduate students, assistant professors, archivists, librarians. These are the meek who will not inherit the earth but who labor mighty hard to understand it. Not as famous or as well paid as the big shots, they are actually more important. Without them, our civic life would be a wasteland of forgetfulness, a cultural desert. They tell us who we are by telling us where we came from. They unsettle our pieties, question our assumptions. To be sure, strange ideas sometimes circulate when three or four of them get together. Their politics are often more to the Left than the Right. On the whole, though, these are serious people who demand serious attention. Spare them a thought at Barnes and Noble. They know more than you think.
tags: Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) by Dermot Quinn eBOOK; Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) ePUB; Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) book review; Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) book summary; book recommendations; book review blog; book summary website; Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson) Audiobook; Dermot Quinn; Politics & Current Events books; books to read Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian is All But Ignored by Today's Academics, But His Providentially Informed Work will Outlast Them All (Culture) (Christopher Dawson).

User Comments