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Overview The history of catholicism is the history of Christian faith. Anthony E. Gilles traces its development-from its beginnings in hushed gatherings within the Roman Empire t its current size and influence-in an accessible and enjoyable style. A revised and updated compilation of the history volumes from his best-selling People of God series, this book will help you understand how the Church developed in relation to, or in rebellion against, the larger culture. It details centuries of crucial turning points, from the development of apostolic succession to the implementation of the reforms of Vatican II. Complete with maps, timelines and special "focus" sections on important events and issues, this valuable resource belongs in the collection of every student of Church history.
Publishers Description The history of Catholicism is the history of Christian faith. Anthony E. Gilles traces its development--from its beginnings in hushed gatherings within the Roman Empire to its current size and influence--in an accessible and enjoyable style. A revised and updated compilation of the history volumes from his best-selling "People of God" series, this book will help you understand how the Church developed in relation to, or in rebellion against, the larger culture. It details centuries of crucial turning points from the development of apostolic succession to the implementation of the reforms of Vatican II. Complete with maps, timelines and special "focus" sections on important events and issues, this valuable resource belongs in the collection of every student of Church history.
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.01" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2000
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Series People Of God
ISBN 0867163631 ISBN13 9780867163636
Availability 0 units.
More About Anthony E. Gilles
ANTHONY E. GILLES lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia, where he regularly speaks at parishes and lectures in diaconate formation programs on Scripture and church history. He has taught history at Rutgers and the classics of Greek and Roman antiquity at the University of Tennessee. He has written eleven books and over five hundred articles on history, philosophy and religion.
Anthony E. Gilles currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about People of God: The History of Catholic Christianity?
Church History Apr 5, 2008
Good book for basic history of Catholic Church. Easy to read, almost conversational, but contains the important highlights (and lowlights) of the Catholic Church. Contains a timeline at the end that is a terrific summary of the information contained in it. It didn't take long to read this.
Disappointed... Aug 24, 2006
For me, this book was a big disappointment. I normally look for books on "history" to simply provide the facts and sources of those facts. To be an author of an effective history book is to be anonymous throughout. Unfortunately the author felt the need to express his opinions on ancient church movements or decisions (i.e his disagreement with papal infallibility, priestly celibacy and ordination of women). By the time I was done with the book, I had a bad taste in my mouth. The author seemed to gloat over the negative history of the Catholic Church, while downplay it's tremendous success or ignore it all together. The author frequently accuses the Church of "remaining in the middle ages" or averting modern growth, but only glances over the Church's tremendous accomplishment in science, law, education (universities), economics, architecture & the Arts. In fact I don't recall reading about it's greatest accomplishment - the discernment and canonization of scripture! Or the Church's magnificient accomplishment, with the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit, of preaching the gospel through every evil stumbling block the world has thrown at it.
I gave it one star for good readability and one for his "focus" features. But if you're looking for an unbiased history - look elsewhere (Compact History of the Catholic Church - Shreck, How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization - Woods or Warren Carroll's series). This one's headed for the recycle bin.
great book! Aug 1, 2006
Points out many great "things"
How about, you never meet people that ( have read the bible for themselves, as in on their own ) convert from Christianity to Catholic?
Meaning I have never meet a Catholic that used to be a Christian.
However I have met, and numerous numbers at that, Christians that used to be Catholics.
This is taking into account those who read the bible on their own free will, alone, away from study and or structured organized religion of any kind.
Sample, just about my whole family, immediate and uncle, aunts and many cousins, were raised catholic but have now converted to Christianity. Sure some ( a few left ) are died in the wool Catholics still, and I love them all also, and we continue to lovenly debate. some even tried to switch over to Christianity because others of us have, as in "name only", just to fit in. and thats all fine, all In Gods timing, at least they are open.
But you never hear of a whole family that is raised Christian and converts to Catholics as adults ( when they can better fig things out for themselves )
Another one, ever notice that no one has risen up in the last few hundred years, like Martin Luther did, and said NO this Protest movement is wrong and we all must abolish it and return to Catholicism!
Surely is THOSE book(s) would have been written then we would find them here on this site listings right?
Just one book? Anyone care to email me a title? For I have never found one.
A fun, fair and accessible intro to Church history Aug 24, 2004
For people like me who get lost in the details, The People of God is a godsend. In simple, bold strokes, it tells the story of Roman Catholicism in a way that explores the 2000 year history of the institution without sugar-coating its problems or downplaying its triumphs. The book's style is somewhat reminiscent of the "Dummies" line of guides, including straightforward writing and sidebars to describe particular issues. The book is respectful and even-handed when describing Church crises, including the schism with the Eastern Church, the Reformation and the Inquisition. "Focus" pages help us see Catholicism from the point of view of its adherents, including a pastor of the Dark Ages and an unfortunate lay person summoned before the Inquisition. Saints and heroes get their due, from St. Francis to St. Thomas More to St. Teresa of Avila.
Believe it or not, I used this book as a reference when working toward my Masters in Catholic lay ministry. It's great for keeping straight the plethora of dates, characters and issues that have arisen in the last two millennia.
"People of God" is super for kids of middle school age and above, whether Catholic or not. It will answer many of their serious questions without alienating the Catholics among them from the sometimes all-too-human institution to which they belong.
Highly recommended to all Christians Aug 6, 2000
Do not be deceived by this title. This book rocks. Never have I seen a more concise and clear history of the church ever. Even though the focus of this book is the history of the Roman Catholic Church, I recommend it to all Christians as it teaches a very easy to read walk through of history of the church. It includes everything of how church has evolved and the reasons for the many schisms within the church. No denomination bashing here. Gilles is both Catholic and a historian, but his writings are heavily researched, and includes many truths that all Christians especially Catholics should know. Papal heresies, battle for power and land, theological schisms, and much much more. I have read many books and never have I seen someone be willing to put so much historical truth about the church. Five Stars