September 22, 2011: Elizabeth Scalia, moderator of The Anchoress blog, managing editor of the Catholic portal on Patheos.com, and columnist for First Things, reviews Fr. Robert Barron's CATHOLICISM.
My husband and I are giving it to our priests and the parish DRE, and we’re not waiting for Christmas!
And I haven’t actually even written my rave review, yet. But while I figure out how to do that, George Weigel has written a rave of his own, this time for the DVD Series!
[PBS'] “Civilization” was the perfect way to finish a serious undergraduate liberal arts education; it brought together ideas, art, architecture and history in a visually compelling synthesis of the history of western culture that respected Catholicism’s role in shaping the West.
Over the next four decades, I wondered whether someone, somewhere, at some point, would do a “Civilization”-like series on Catholicism itself: a Grand Tour of the Catholic world that explored the Church as a culture through its teaching, its art, its music, its architecture—and above all, through the lives it shaped. That has now happened. The result is the most important media initiative in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.
I have been lucky enough to see the first episode (I am heading into retreat in a few hours and am bringing additional episodes with me, to watch) and I concur. The book is stand-alone splendid, but together with the series (and the study program) we’re talking about a a flint-strike that could spark a conflagration of Catholic renewal and a hunger for adult catechesis that could literally change the world.
That is not an exaggeration...
Read the rest of the article on The Anchoress blog.