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Overview This one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church--from its beginning through the pontificate of John Paul II--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.
Publishers Description 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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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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Nice stories but not history Mar 16, 2008
Nice stories but not history And the author is too busy to justify the Catholic Church
very one-sided Feb 12, 2008
I bought this book due to the good reviews it received. I am sorry to disagree, it presents as far as I can judge a very one-sided view of history. It is one thing to put the inquisition into perspective, but another to distort the facts. "The medieval inquisition was actually a considerable advance in the treatment of criminals" (page 149). Well, I do not even see him as a Dominican mentioning the infamous "Malleus Maleficarum" written by members of his order, revealing the horrofic view behind the inquisition.
To Galilei he writes "what got him into trouble was not his scientific study of the solar system but rather his claim that the bible might be wrong" (page 258). This is absolutely distorting the facts: It was exactly Galilei's study of the solar system, seeing that the earth moves around the sun, which was seen to contradict the bible!
It is sad when Catholics feel the need to white-wash history in order to handle the negative aspects of history. This makes us Catholics loose all credibility.
ADMIRABLE OPENESS AND HONESTY IS A GOOD REFERENCE Feb 8, 2008
This is a must read book! I am fascinated of how every detailed information, facts and figures, historical events surrounding the early Church has magnified the intensity in a reader, to really imagine and make assessment, the implications and challenges facing the Church today. I recommend this book not only as a "high average" rank among others, but a good source of material for students of medieval church history and the middle ages. Teachers of medieval history and Church studies will be able to benefit from its rich, balance, controversial open-minded style of the author's original handwork. Great!
The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History Oct 7, 2007
Book matches the text I was required to purchase for my college course. The this site price saved me a lot of money.
Excellent overall information of Christian history from the time of the ascension of Christ Sep 26, 2007
This is an excellent book for study in a classroom. I appreciated the time lines that are in the beginning of each chapter. It gives you an overall view of what you are studying for that chapter.
Also, at the end of each chapter, it gives you recommended reading if you want to pursue a certain subject. The recommended reading is graded as A for easier reading, B for medium reading and C for harder reading.
This is especially good if there is one part of Christian history you are particularly interested in. I am a Catholic convert and used it in a five week course. It was exceptional.