Catholic Church Through the Ages A History

ISBN-10: 0809142341
ISBN-13: 9780809142347
Edition: 2005
Authors: John Vidmar
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Paulist Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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.

Introduction
The First Age of the Church (30-330 AD)-The Early Church
Jewish Sources of Christianity
Roman Sources of Christianity
Influence of Jewish and Roman Sources on Christianity
Christian Sources
Paul
Attacks on Christianity
Rival Religions
The Life of the Early Church
The End of the First Age
Recommended Readings
Notes
The Second Age of the Church (330-650 AD)-The Age of the Fathers
The Fathers of the Church
The Papacy
The First Christological Councils
St. Augustine (354-430)
The Veneration of the Saints
The Rise of Monasticism
The End of the Second Age
Recommended Readings
Notes
The Third Age of the Church (650-1000)-The Dark Ages
Islam
The Byzantine Church and the Eastern Schism
The Barbarians
The Papacy (955-1057)
The End of the Third Age
Recommended Readings
Notes
The Fourth Age of the Church (1000-1450)-The Middle Ages
The Crusades
The New Religious Orders
Scholasticism
Medieval Mysticism
The Medieval Inquisition
The Spanish Inquisition
Innocent III
The Decline of the Papacy
The End of the Fourth Age
Recommended Readings
Notes
The Fifth Age of the Church (1450-1789)-Protestant and Catholic Reformations
The Renaissance
The Reformation on the Continent
The English Reformation
The Reformation in Scotland
Protestantism
The Catholic Response
The Missions (1500-1800)
The End of the Fifth Age
Chronology of the Reformation
Recommended Readings
Notes
The Sixth Age of the Church (1789-Present)-The Modern Age
The Enlightenment or the Age of Reason
The French Revolution
The Aftermath of Revolution
The Catholic Church in the United States
Social Catholicism
The Revival of the Missions (1800-2000)
War and Dictatorship
Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church
Post-World War II Catholicism
The End of the Sixth Age
Recommended Readings
Notes
Chronological List of the Popes
A Select Bibliography
Index

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