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Overview Take a vivid crash course through Christian history unlike any you've taken, populated by intriguing figures and incredible events. In her brisk, conversational style, Dr. Diane Moczar paints a poignant and fascinating picture of the key periods in the Church's infancy with an eye toward parallels to today's current events. Dr. Moczar takes you to Nero's garden party, where the torches lighting the road were Christians set aflame. She describes how Plato's ideals influenced Church thought. She introduces you to the heroes and villains who forever changed Christianity. Along the way, Dr. Moczar poses challenging questions: How would we react if faced with persecution like the early followers ... or like those in China and the Sudan today? How do medicine, law, and other modern-day professions call for decisions that could endanger our faith? Dr. Moczar condenses extensive research and expertise into a provocative and entertaining read that is enhanced by additional resources for the curious student who wants to know more. What Every Catholic Wants to Know: Catholic History takes you to the core of Catholic history and then launches you back to the present to consider our own place on Church history.
Publishers Description Take a vivid crash course through Christian history unlike any you've taken, populated by intriguing figures and incredible events. In her brisk, conversational style, Diane Moczar, and accomplished scholar and story teller, paints a poignant and fascinating picture of the key periods in the Church's infancy - and "Middle Age" - with an eye toward parallels to today's current events.
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.34" Width: 10.68" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 2006
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN 1592763022 ISBN13 9781592763023
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More About Diane Moczar
Diane Moczar, Ph.D., serves as an adjunct professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College. Her articles have appeared in various publications such as "Triumph," "Smithsonian," "Catholic Digest," and "National Review." She is the author of "Islam at the Gates," about Europe's wars with Ottoman Turks, "Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know," and "Seven Lies About Catholic History." She earned a bachelor\'s degree in philosophy and history at the Francisco College for Women, as well as a master's degree at Columbia University. Dr. Moczar also completed her doctoral work at the Catholic University and George Mason University.
Reviews - What do customers think about What Every Catholic Wants to Know: Catholic History: From the Catacombs to the Reformation?
Great Introduction to Church History Jan 4, 2008
Rather than give you a long dissertation about how this book is not like other excellent but lengthy and time-consuming historical books, I'd just like to say that this a fantastic introduction to Church History, which is exactly what it's supposed to be. I don't think it's fair to penalize a book simply because it's not another book. Dr. Moczar compiled a series of articles she's been writing for the Latin Mass Magazine into a small book which makes the thousands of years Church History accessible to the busy, ill-informed, over-worked, under-catechized modern Catholic. It is an easy read and very enjoyable.
To state the obvious, you will not be a history buff after reading this 176 page book. You will not have a thorough and in-depth knowledge of Church History. What you will get is a quick overview of the major events, saints, sinners, and themes that have shaped all of Western Civilization. This book can give you a very high-level framework upon which you can later go back and build, especially since Dr. Moczar recommends additional resources at the end of each chapter. And these are reliable resources. No liberal tripe.
Hopefully this will whet your appetite so you'll go on to read other books. At the least you'll learn a little of the Church History that they used to teach in Catholic schools. I'm looking forward to Volume II.
Want to know more? Buy this book Mar 19, 2007
Like her Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, Diane Moczar's re-released (and renamed) "What Every Catholic Wants to Know" is a perfect introduction to Catholic history. The difference between the two books lies in the format. While "Ten Dates" uses ten historical vantage points to view the role of divine action -- Providence -- in Christian civilization, "What Every Catholic Wants to Know" is more of a survey of critical events, from the Roman era until the outbreak of the Protestant movement.
The book opens with a provocative description of a society plagued by corruption, moral decay, and fears of endless wars and terrorism. Moczar is describing Rome, but there is an obvious parallel to the early twenty-first-century United States. Throughout the book, Moczar uses parallels like this to teach lessons and enliven her discussion.
Each era is given two chapters; one on its general history and another on its culture. Readers generally familiar with the timeline of the former will appreciate the insights gained from the latter. Moczar aptly demonstrates the essential role the Church played in building our unique civilization -- its forms of government, its art, its philosophy, its values, and its literature.
"What Every Catholic Wants to Know" is a great resource for a discussion group, as each chapter ends with "Food for Thought" questions and valuable suggestions for further reading. Appendix B will be of great use to parents and students seeking to know the merits of major works of history as she examines books by masters like Henri Daniel-Rops, Monsignor Philip Hughes, and Warren Carroll. The book is suitable for adults, teens, and even "tweens."