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Overview The history of the Roman Catholic Church is a gateway to understanding 2,000 years of Western civilization. Norman's lavishly illustrated, incisive account, tells the story of the multifarious ways in which the Church has shaped the lives and beliefs of Christians and non-Christians alike.
Publishers Description The history of the Roman Catholic Church is a gateway to understanding two thousand years of Western--and at times world--civilization. Edward Norman's lavishly illustrated, incisive account, sure to become a classic, tells the story of the multifarious ways in which the Church has shaped the lives and beliefs of Christians and non-Christians alike. It is partly a story of remarkable people, from the greatest theologian of the early Church, St. Augustine, to one of the greatest figures of the modern age, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It is also a story rich in symbols, not least the awe-inspiring basilica built over the tomb of St. Peter in Rome, the most recognizable church in the world. But the focus of the book is a historical account of epic proportions. Here we discover how Rome became the heart of the Roman Catholic religion and played a role in transforming Western Europe into Christendom. We gain a view of the Crusades undistorted by today's agendas, explore the Counter-Reformation as the fruit of the venerable Catholic reforming tradition, and witness the beginning of a new 500-year history, in which missionaries took their message to Latin America and the East. And, in this boldly uplifting account, we come to see how the Church, reflecting the vision of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, today embodies Christ's own injunction to "teach all nations." "Copub: Thames & Hudson "
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Studio: University of California Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5" Weight: 2.38 lbs.
Release Date Apr 2, 2007
Publisher University of California Press
ISBN 0520252519 ISBN13 9780520252516
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More About Edward Norman
Edward Norman is Chancellor of York Minster. Part of the Peterhouse group (with Roger Scruton, David Watkin and John Vincent), he is the most persuasive and articulate exponent of what has been termed the new right . He was formerly Dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge and has been a Reith lecturer.
Edward Norman has an academic affiliation as follows - Cambridge University.
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A pleasure from beginning to end. Mar 1, 2007
I came upon Edward Norman's book quite by accident. I started to read it with some trepidation, expecting a set of variations on the usual misrepresentation that passes, in the Anglophone world, for a history of the Catholic Church. What a surprise, what a pleasure, to read a work at once scholarly (and brief)yet written in a very accessible style. Though the author does not concern himself primarily with theological matters, when he does touch upon these, he manages to discuss complex issues in a concise yet clear manner. On purely historical matters, he is not afraid to challenge current cultural orthodoxies. Example: "There are periodic demands...that apologies should be made by Christian bodies for the Crusades. Perhaps, however, a balance of remorse might be achieved if the Islamic bodies were, in turn, asked to apologize for their own invasions of the Byzantine provinces and the Holy Land some three-and-a-half centuries before. Then peaceful Christian populations were overrun amid scences of considerable violence, which had never been forgotten....Wisdom, however, would suggest allowing the past its own integrity; the point is that the Crusades today are evaluated in a context, and with a passion, which has departed from academic detachment." (pp. 56-57)
There is much more to stimulate the mind of the reader but limitations of space do not permit me to go into detail. A carefully written yet intellectually challenging book, beautifully produced.