The History of the Catholic Church
Publication Date: December 19, 2012
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From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium
The History of the Catholic Church, from the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium is an inspiring and authoritative scholarly work. Covering two thousand years of our shared history and culture, it is both insightful and informative for readers of all backgrounds. With expert perspective and detail, the book provides a comprehensive and clear guide to the evolution of the Catholic Church.
The historical narrative begins with Jesus Christ himself as founder, showcasing his teachings and redemptive works told in the Gospels which have been upheld by the Catholic Church throughout its existence. Through persecution, opposition, heresy, and more, it has remained resilient; maintaining a consistent body of doctrine unmatched by any other Christian body.
Innovative analysis is provided across various epochs such as Medieval Christianity, Renaissance times, Reformation movements, and current days. The most recent period covers ecumenical discourse through Global Catholicism up to present-day issues affecting catholic worshipers. This book is invaluable to anyone who wishes to comprehend more deeply this influential faith tradition that has been an integral part of human history for centuries.
"For years, James Hitchcock has been our premier historian - a dissident from conventional wisdom, well-armed and solid. Here he pioneers a new method for presenting a long sweep of history: an orderly and altogether fascinating series of vignettes - of arguments, movements, distinctive persons, and concrete events. There is just enough narrative in these sequences to carry the reader along, but without involving her in excessive interpretation. This book provides both a great resource for easy reference, and a stimulating definition of a Christian humanism that holds in tension the transcendent and the down to earth, the holy and the sinful. This is a tension which Hitchcock maintains throughout." --Michael Novak
"A remarkable achievement that synthesizes a lifetime of learning, James Hitchcock's History of the Catholic Church is also a signal service to twenty-first century Catholicism, a religious community in which controversy and contention are often the by-products of severe amnesia. The Church of the New Evangelization has to know its own story, and that story is told here in full." --George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C
"James Hitchcock has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding scholar, insightful commentator and lucid, accessible writer. All of these skills come together and shine in his History of the Catholic Church. It's a masterwork: exhilarating in scope and a joy to read. If you want an unforgettable account of the fullness and drama of the Christian story, read this book." --Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"The gap in knowledge of history and current events sadly extends to us Catholics in our grasp of the Faith and the rich history of the Church. In his ambitious new work, History of the Catholic Church from the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium, James Hitchcock has given us an accessible tool to better our understanding...and love for the history of the Church. To love the Church, we must understand her history. As Blessed Pope John XXIII remarked, 'History is our best teacher.' Thank you, Dr. Hitchcock, for this timeless gift to the Church for the Year of Faith."
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"James Hitchcock is one of the few historians alive today with the background and ability to present the two-millenium history of the Catholic Church. In this remarkable volume Hitchcock brings a lifetime of insights and research to this important subject. It is a work of erudition in which the reader will discover not only the importance of the Catholic Church in past centuries, but in our own time."
- Thomas F. Madden, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
"This book, by one of the premier American Catholic historians, is clearly addressed to a broad audience. It is apologetic in the best sense, written from the point of view of a practicing Catholic, and addresses the various questions that would occur to a lay reader inevitably influenced by views found in the larger culture. The book is well written. It is not burdened down with details or many footnotes, but is attached to a strong narrative line centering on meaning. It would therefore be appropriate to study groups."
- Glenn W. Olsen, emeritus Professor of History, University of Utah