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Overview

Renowned Catholic historian Christopher Dawson divided the history of the Catholic Church into six "ages" or 350- to 400-year periods that each began with great vitality and ended in decline and loss. In The Catholic Church Through the Ages Fr. John Vidmar surveys the history of the church, from its beginnings up to Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, through Dawson's lens. He writes with enthusiasm and a down-to-earth quality born of years of teaching. Each chapter ends with an annotated list of readings and audio-visuals, and even includes historical novels to help convey a "feeling" for an age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142347
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 213,808
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
I The First Age of the Church (30-330 AD)-The Early Church 1
A Jewish Sources of Christianity 1
B Roman Sources of Christianity 5
C Influence of Jewish and Roman Sources on Christianity 7
D Christian Sources 9
E Paul 20
F Attacks on Christianity 25
G Rival Religions 31
H The Life of the Early Church 36
I The End of the First Age 42
J Recommended Readings 43
K Notes 44
II The Second Age of the Church (330-650 AD)-The Age of the Fathers 46
A The Fathers of the Church 46
B The Papacy 51
C The First Christological Councils 55
D St. Augustine (354-430) 64
E The Veneration of the Saints 72
F The Rise of Monasticism 76
G The End of the Second Age 84
H Recommended Readings 85
I Notes 86
III The Third Age of the Church (650-1000)-The Dark Ages 88
A Islam 90
B The Byzantine Church and the Eastern Schism 96
C The Barbarians 104
D The Papacy (955-1057) 111
E The End of the Third Age 115
F Recommended Readings 117
G Notes 117
IV The Fourth Age of the Church (1000-1450)-The Middle Ages 119
A The Crusades 119
B The New Religious Orders 132
C Scholasticism 138
D Medieval Mysticism 141
E The Medieval Inquisition 142
F The Spanish Inquisition 150
G Innocent III 152
H The Decline of the Papacy 154
I The End of the Fourth Age 162
J Recommended Readings 162
K Notes 163
V The Fifth Age of the Church (1450-1789)-Protestant and Catholic Reformations 165
A The Renaissance 165
B The Reformation on the Continent 177
C The English Reformation 204
D The Reformation in Scotland 227
E Protestantism 231
F The Catholic Response 233
G The Missions (1500-1800) 241
H The End of the Fifth Age 252
I Chronology of the Reformation 252
J Recommended Readings 254
K Notes 255
VI The Sixth Age of the Church (1789-Present)-The Modern Age 258
A The Enlightenment or the Age of Reason 258
B The French Revolution 266
C The Aftermath of Revolution 276
D The Catholic Church in the United States 289
E Social Catholicism 301
F The Revival of the Missions (1800-2000) 307
G War and Dictatorship 310
H Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church 316
I Post-World War II Catholicism 334
J The End of the Sixth Age 340
K Recommended Readings 341
L Notes 343
Chronological List of the Popes 346
A Select Bibliography 353
Index 357
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