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The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History

by John Vidmar

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This is an excellent, concise and readable history of the Catholic Church. It's a great place to start when approaching the subject. ( )
  bartleby | Jul 15, 2010 |
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To the students and staff of the Education for Parish Service Program in Virginia and Washington, DC, in gratitude for your love of the Church, and for continually asking me when this book would get done.
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Two things are very important to remember about the early Christian Church: a) it did not suddenly appear out of nowhere and b) it was not given to the world whole and entire.
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This is not the same work as Martin P Harney's book of the same title. Wrong ISBN assigned to Harneys's work.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809142341, Paperback)

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. As a result, he has emphasized such areas monasticism, 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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