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A Popular History of the Catholic Church [Paperback]

By Carl Koch (Author)
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The history of the church is a story of people: popes and peasants, heretics and apostates, saints and martyrs. Mostly the story shows how commom people throughtout the ages have passed on the faith and tried to live the life of Christ. the story of the church is also about the spirit of God who has not left us orphans.

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Studio: Saint Mary's Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 16, 2000
Publisher   Saint Mary's Press
ISBN  0884893952  
ISBN13  9780884893950  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carl Koch was the first director of the MA in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University and program coordinator at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has authored thirty-six books and continues to facilitate retreats and servant leadership seminars. This is his first book with New City Press.

Carl Koch currently resides in Onalaska, in the state of Wisconsin. Carl Koch was born in 1945 and has an academic affiliation as follows - North Carolina State University.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Roman Catholicism
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Church History
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History
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Pretty Bland  Feb 14, 2006
This is an historical primer that summarizes 2000 years of Church history in about 270 pages. If you're looking for a basic timeline and a general understanding of key events, the book is ok. However, the author bends over backwards to present a balanced interpretation of these key events. Unfortunately, when every side of every issue is presented as equally reasonable, the cumulative effect is that of a very unreasonable point of view. Case in point: I thought portraying Martin Luther as a reasonable middle-of-the roader was a rather peculiar choice, considering Luther is one of the most extreme and controversial characters in all of religious history. I can imagine someone thinking Luther was the greatest thing that ever happened to Christianity. I can imagine someone thinking Luther was the worst thing that ever happened to Christianity. What I have a hard time imagining is someone thinking, "Oh well. The Reformation was just one of those things." But that is exactly the impression I got of how Mr. Koch feels about it. I would look elsewhere for Church history.
 
Not balanced  Feb 5, 2005
Unfortunately, I ordered this book thinking that it was the book by the same title, but written by a true historian--Phillip Hughes. Carl Koch, on the other hand is a professor of education, human development, and English at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Graduate School. If you are looking for a work on the Church by a true historian, look elsewhere. I recommend strongly the works of H. Daniel Rops, Phillip Hughes, and the especially readable Warren Carroll (History of Christendom series is superb).

The work itself is the typical liberal-'catholic' dogma. Luther was a great guy that had it right and was wronged by the Church. ..those familiar with liberal garbage can probably guess the rest.
 
A very good overview  Feb 5, 2003
This was an extremely good introduction to the history of the church. Especially the early church history was written very lively, giving me a new understanding and appreciation for this period in time. The layout and structure of the book, including interesting maps and charts, made the reading very nice too.

I enjoyed the balanced treatment of this topic, neither blaming the church for all negative that ever happened, nor white-washing and excusing dark areas in history. The author mentioned very nicely the conditions of the times leading to new developments, be they negative or good.

 
A very good overview  Feb 5, 2003
This was an extremely good introduction to the history of the church. Especially the early church history was written very lively, giving me a new understanding and appreciation for this period in time. The layout and structure of the book, including interesting maps and charts, made the reading very nice too.

I enjoyed the balanced treatment of this topic, neither blaming the church for all negative that ever happened, nor white-washing and excusing dark areas in history. The author mentioned very nicely the conditions of the times leading to new developments, be they negative or good.

 
journey to the past to see the future  Sep 29, 1998
from The Faith Connection, 7/12/98: "offers readers a journey into the past so they can see the future. Koch makes a good point: we need to see the church with new eyes so that we can advance its mission with wiser minds and hearts."
 

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