The Gift of the Church Seminar Series

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How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

A Free Public Lecture Series by Dr. Ryan Topping

The eminent historian Philip Jenkins famously described anti-Catholicism as “the last acceptable prejudice.” Did you know that much of what we take for granted today in the fields of science, medicine, law and government has roots, contrary to popular misconstruals, in the Catholic Church? Dr. Ryan Topping, author and Academic Dean at Newman Theological College, unpacks some of those contributions in his new book, The Gift of the Church: How the Catholic Church Transformed the History and Soul of the West.

This lecture series, based upon Dr. Ryan Topping’s newly published book, takes up four moments of the Church’s decisive contribution to Western history and culture.

  1. Athens, Jerusalem, Rome: How the early Church built the West (March 19)
  2. Religion and the Progress of Science: How Medievals Reconciled Faith and Reason (March 26)
  3. Renewing Sacred Architecture: Enduring Principles for Reviving Beauty (April 2)
  4. Popes Against the Tide: The New Evangelization Confronts Militant Secularism (April 9)

All lectures held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sherwood Park: Tuesday evenings March 19, 26, April 2, April 9, starting 7:30pm. This course is absolutely free but pre-registration is encouraged to help us plan. To register, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or