Key Moments In Church History / Edition 3

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Spanning from the birth of Christianity through the Second Vatican Council, Key Moments in Church History is a brief and accessible guide to the origins and evolution of the Catholic Church. In this insightful and informative look at eleven of the most significant periods in Church history, author Mitch Finley not only helps readers understand the context and characters of the past but also sheds light on the current and future Church. The result is a hopeful and inspirational reading experience that is ideal for both personal reflection and group use.
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Editorial Reviews

Joan Wester Anderson
In his third edition of Key Moments in Church History, Mitch Finley enlivens a topic which, in a less talented writer's hands, could have been deadly dull. Instead, in his usual down-to-earth narration and flowing style, Mitch presents events seemingly far removed from us—-the Council of Trent, the Crusades, even the Reformation—-as precious parts of our own past, events that brought the entire Catholic Church to where it now stands, for better or worse. The thought occurs more than once—-what is happening today that may become a Key Moment for our descendents? Excellent and well-documented, worthy of being a must-read in any Catholic high school class, and beyond.
Rev. Andrew Greeley
At last—a clear, concise history of the Church written for those who are not scholars and know relatively little about the Church's past or even that it had one!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742550735
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Come & See Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,350,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Finley earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University. He is the author of more than 30 books.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Jesus of Nazareth 1
Ch. 2 The early church 13
Ch. 3 The church gives birth to the New Testament 29
Ch. 4 The Constantinian era 43
Ch. 5 The Council of Chalcedon 57
Ch. 6 The crusades, the Inquisition, Saint Dominic, and Saint Francis of Assisi 71
Ch. 7 The Protestant Reformation 83
Ch. 8 The Council of Trent 97
Ch. 9 Ultramontanism and the First Vatican Council 115
Ch. 10 Pius X and the modernist crisis 131
Ch. 11 John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council 149
Epilogue : the current state of the church 167
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