A Concise History of the Catholic Church (Revised Edition)

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Crown Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 624 pages
Expanded and updated for the new millennium.

Covering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for a definitive, accessible history of Catholicism. With a clarity that will appeal to any reader, Thomas Bokenkotter divides his study into five parts that correspond to the major historical and epochal developments in Catholicism. His authoritative, thorough approach takes readers from the Church’s triumph over paganism, through "the sound and fury of renewal," to a new section devoted to such topics as dissent and current developments in the ecumenical movement. Informative illustrations throughout the book, new to this edition, enrich the reader's experience, and the addition of a wide-ranging bibliography increases its value as a sourcebook.
 

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Excellent presentation of the ups and downs of the Catholic Church with a focus on the critical moments. Read full review

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An excellent history up to the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965 and its aftermath (first 75% of the book). Thereafter it goes downhill (final 25%). Readers should know that this book was ... Read full review

Contents

THE CHURCH TRIUMPHS OVER PAGANISM A D 30600
6
Christendom
110
The Papal Monarchy at Its Zenith
121
The Eastern Schism
134
Church and Society in Western Christendom
142
I5 The Aristotelian Invasion
158
THE UNMAKING OF CHRISTENDOM A D I300I650
170
The Papacy Survives the Great Schism and Puts Down Conciliarism
208
The Challenge of the New Thought
258
Jansenistn and Gallicanism
280
Says No to the Liberal Catholics
294
The Syllabus 0fError t Squelches the Liberal Catholics
317
THE STATE OF SIEGE IS SLOWLY LIFTED A D I89
328
The Modernist Debacle
345
The Church Moves Out to the Whole Vorld
355
The American Church
365

Calvin Makes Protestantism an International Movement
225
The Catholic Church Recovers Its Spiritual Elan
239
The Popes of the Twentieth Century
383
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THOMAS BOKENKOTTER, the author of the bestselling Church and Revolution, teaches at Xavier University. He is also the pastor of Assumption Church and is active in the social ministry, running a soup kitchen that he founded twenty years ago and a transitional living facility for homeless women and children. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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