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Law and Economics—Study Aids

Catholic Culture #8
Law and Economics
Topics covered include types of law (natural, divine, positive, civil, canon, etc.), origens of international law, the Church and Economics, Western Law, Separation of Church and State, etc.

Information Pages

These pages summarize much of the material needed to study for the Law and Economics unit review questions. Much of the material is derived from Thomas Wood's How the Catholic Church Built Civilization book and videos.

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Catholic Influence on Law — Overview
Concepts and Types of Law
Canon Law of the Catholic Church
University of Bolgna and Roman Law (1050-1500)
School of Salamanca and Natural Law (1500-1700)
Saints Related to Law and Government

Printable Homework Questions

Recommended Reading

The primary book used as a reference for the Law and Economics unit is How the Catholic Church Built Civilization by Thomas Woods.


How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas Woods.
No institution has done more to shape Western civilization than the two-thousand-year-old Catholic Church—and in ways that many of us have forgotten or never known. In this book Professor Thomas E. Woods explain the Church's profound role in shaping Western civilization and goes far beyond the familiar tale of monks copying manuscripts and preserving the wisdom of classical antiquity. Gifts such as modern science, free-market economics, science, music, and the idea of human rights come from the Catholic Church.

Reading Assignment:     Chapter 7-8, 10, pp 135-170, 189-204
(7) The Origins of International Law, (8) The Church and Economics, (10) The Church and Western Law

Online Videos of Interest

The most important videos for the Law and Economics unit are from Thomas Wood's Catholic Church - Builder of Civilization series. These are essential viewing.

Websites Links of Interest