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Overview The editor of the magisterial Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils provides the best overview of the councils available in English. Tanner covers the history of conciliar teaching, from the early and medieval councils to the Second Vatican Council, showing their abiding importance in the life of the church.
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Commonweal - 09/28/2001 page 26
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.37" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Herder & Herder
ISBN 0824519043 ISBN13 9780824519049
Availability 0 units.
More About Norman P. Tanner
Tanner is lecturer in Medieval History at Campion Hall, Oxford University, and in Church History at Heythrop College, London University.
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A Great Summary But Perhaps a Little Too Short! Jun 25, 2006
This is an excellent introduction to the various church councils and all Christians, Catholics and non-Catholics alike should read this as essential reading to know more about the events that have shaped the faith to date. There is a very good biliography at the end for those who are interested in learning more but I do feel that perhaps a little more information could have been included as at 119 pages, this is truly a very short history of the councils and as such, lives up to the book's title. In any case, even a short history is better than not knowing anything about these great events in church history. Recommended reading.
A Fantastic Introduction! Aug 5, 2002
I first discovered this book when I was doing some research for a paper in my graduate Italian Renaissance class. This book was not a source that I was able to site much, but since I come from a Baptist background I was very unfamiliar with the Church Councils. This book does an excellent job of succinctly (only 119 pages) sumerizing 1700 years of conciliar history. For someone who was entirely unfamiliar with the subject this was essential.
What was invaluable for my research was the Bibliography! This was the jumping off point of my research and saved me many hours in the library.
This book however is not just for the non-catholic who is unfamilliar with the church councils. I found that just this short book gave me a better basic understanding of the church councils than the average lay Catholic.
I have recently reread this book due to appologetic conversations. Most christian faiths would be well suited to have an understanding of conciliar history since their faith either clings to, protests or denies the authority of the church councils.