The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History

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Paulist Press, 2005 - Religion - 360 pages
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The Catholic Church through the Ages is a one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church from its beginning until (and including) the pontificate of John Paul II. The book explains the Church's progress by using Christopher Dawson's division of the Church's history into six distinct "ages," or 350-400 year periods of time, each cycle beginning with great enthusiasm and advancement and ending in decline and loss. Writing with the experience of twenty years of teaching, the author has fashioned an ideal text that combines substance with readability. Undergraduates, graduates, and interested lay people have given the author an idea of what topics should be emphasized. Consequently, he has given generous space to monsaticism, the Crusades, medieval theology, the Inquisition, Reformation, French Revolution, the nineteenth century, and the Church in the United States. As a supplement to each chapter, the author has included an annotated list of reading and audio-visual materials.
  

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Review: The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

This book is a good survey of the history of the Catholic Church. The book is consciously and decidedly written from a Catholic perspective -- the author is quite explicit about that. Some periods are ... Read full review

Review: The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History

User Review  - Bonita - Goodreads

The author never ceased to take an opportunity to downplay any unfortunate instance that the Catholic Church is/can be connected to. There were many statements that sounded like: “Oh, things weren't ... Read full review

Contents

The Early Church
1
B Roman Sources of Christianity
5
C Influence of Jewish and Roman Sources on Christianity
7
D Christian Sources
9
E Paul
20
F Attacks on Christianity
25
G Rival Religions
31
H The Life of the Early Church
36
F The Spanish Inquisition
150
G Innocent III
152
H The Decline of the Papacy
154
I The End of the Fourth Age
162
K Notes
163
Protestant and Catholic Reformations
165
B The Reformation on the Continent
177
C The English Reformation
204

I The End of the First Age
42
J Recommended Readings
43
K Notes
44
The Age of the Fathers
46
B The Papacy
51
C The First Christological Councils
55
D St Augustine 354430
64
E The Veneration of the Saints
72
F The Rise of Monasticism
76
G The End of the Second Age
84
H Recommended Readings
85
I Notes
86
The Dark Ages
88
A Islam
90
B The Byzantine Church and the Eastern Schism
96
C The Barbarians
104
D The Papacy 9551057
111
E The End of the Third Age
115
F Recommended Readings
117
The Middle Ages
119
B The New Religious Orders
132
C Scholasticism
138
D Medieval Mysticism
141
E The Medieval Inquisition
142
D The Reformation in Scotland
227
E Protestantism
231
F The Catholic Response
233
G The Missions 15001800
241
H The End of the Fifth Age
252
J Recommended Readings
254
K Notes
255
The Modern Age
258
B The French Revolution
266
C The Aftermath of Revolution
276
D The Catholic Church in the United States
289
E Social Catholicism
301
F The Revival of the Missions 18002000
307
G War and Dictatorship
310
H Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church
316
I PostWorld War II Catholicism
334
J The End of the Sixth Age
340
K Recommended Readings
341
L Notes
343
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF THE POPES
346
A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
353
INDEX
357
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Fr. John Vidmar, OP, has a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome and an M.Phil in ecclesiastical history from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of The Catholic Church through the Ages (Paulist Press), Praying with the Dominicans (Paulist Press), a bicentennial history of his Dominican province, and coauthor of 101 Q&A on The Da Vinci Code and the Catholic Tradition (Paulist Press). He is currently associate professor of history at Providence College and the archivist for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

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