Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, a 2000-Year History

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For 2,000 years, Catholicism—the largest religion in the world and in the United States—has shaped global history on a scale unequaled by any other institution. But until now, Catholics interested in their faith have been hard-pressed to find an accessible, affirmative, and exciting history of the Church.
Triumph is that history. Inside, you'll discover the spectacular story of the Church from Biblical times and the early days of St. Peter—the first pope—to the twilight years of...

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Overview

For 2,000 years, Catholicism—the largest religion in the world and in the United States—has shaped global history on a scale unequaled by any other institution. But until now, Catholics interested in their faith have been hard-pressed to find an accessible, affirmative, and exciting history of the Church.
Triumph is that history. Inside, you'll discover the spectacular story of the Church from Biblical times and the early days of St. Peter—the first pope—to the twilight years of John Paul II. It is a sweeping drama of Roman legions, great crusades, epic battles, toppled empires, heroic saints, and enduring faith. And, there are stormy controversies: Dark Age skullduggery, the Inquistition, the Renaissance popes, the Reformation, the Church's refusal to accept sexual liberation and contemporary allegations like those made in Hitler's Pope and Papal Sin.
A brawling, colorful history full of inspiring pageantry and spirited polemic, Triumph will exhilarate, amuse, and infuriate as it extols the glories of Catholic history and the gripping stories of its greatest men and women.

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If history, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, then writer and novelist Crocker (Robert E. Lee on Leadership) obviously liked what he saw when he looked at the 2,000-year life of the Catholic Church. A convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism, Crocker has produced an exhaustive, thoroughly sourced narrative which reflects his love for his chosen faith. Although his accounts of episodes like Christianity's East-West split and the Inquisition will be seen by some as mere defenses of the Roman church, Crocker has made a creditable attempt to place events in a more balanced context, providing details that are typically downplayed by or absent from more critical chronicles. For example, he acknowledges that tortures and executions occurred during the Inquisition and does not excuse them, but he also observes that they were miniscule compared to the bloody conflict that was to follow as a result of the Protestant Reformation. Crocker's treatment of reformer Martin Luther seems unnecessarily harsh at a time when relations between Lutherans and Catholics have been steadily improving, as witnessed by the 2001 signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. In discrediting Luther and his purposes, Crocker dredges up a multitude of the reformer's personal flaws, calling him an "ill-tempered, unbalanced, and unhappy monk." He is much kinder to reformer John Calvin, whom he deems "undoubtedly the finest theologian the Protestant churches ever had." Readers interested in a detailed history that minimizes criticism of the Catholic Church will most appreciate this work. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761529248
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/13/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

H. W. Crocker III, a longtime student of Robert E. Lee, is the executive editor of Regnery Publishing, Inc., consulting editor for Eagle Book Clubs, and former speechwriter for the governor of California. He serves on the board of the Southern Military Institute, writes a column on Civil War books for Southern Partisan magazine, and has written on military history for National Review, American Spectator, and other publications. He lives in northern Virginia.

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For 2,000 years, Catholicism—the largest religion in the world and in the United States—has shaped global history on a scale unequaled by any other institution. But until now, Catholics interested in their faith have been hard-pressed to find an accessible, affirmative, and exciting history of the Church.

Triumph is that history. Inside, you'll discover the spectacular story of the Church from Biblical times and the early days of St. Peter—the first pope—to the twilight years of John Paul II. It is a sweeping drama of Roman legions, great crusades, epic battles, toppled empires, heroic saints, and enduring faith. And there are stormy controversies: Dark Age skullduggery, the Inquisition, the Renaissance popes, the Reformation, the Church's refusal to accept sexual liberation, and contemporary allegations like those made in Hilter's Pope and Papal Sin.

A brawling, colorful history full of inspiring pageantry and spirited polemic, Triumph will exhilarate, amuse, and infuriate as it extols the glories of Catholic history and the gripping stories of its greatest men and women.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    One Splendid, Eye-opening Read!

    Mr. H. W. Crocker III obviously is into really big stuff: A history of the 2,000 year-old Catholic Church in 499 pages! How rash to undertake such a task! Doesn't he know that fools rush in where angels fear to tread? Well, love is like that: blind. Crocker obviously loves the Catholic Church, in spite of what almost everybody says about it. He just takes his pen,(sits down to his word processor?), and tells it as he sees it. He sees his Church's uncanny ability to survive deadly challenges. He doesn't reveal how it mysteriously accomplishes this--probably no one really knows; how its 'water has run uphill for centuries'; how 264 human beings(popes)managed to pull off such a miracle of unbroken, unchanging continuity, given its powerful enemies, the weaknesses (all right, the downright corruption of some of its pontiffs.} Obviously something spooky went on during those twenty centuries. Crocker, in his love affair, doesn't seem to care very much. He describes his Church, warts and all, and keeps going, celebrating the death-defying miracle that it is. It helps that Crocker is a gifted, witty writer, a pleasure to read. You will have a wonderful time reading his new book and, who knows? you might also fall in love with his wonderful story of survival in this shaky, flaky world of ours. --John Cantwell Kiley, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Uncritical

    As a convert to Catholicism, Mr. Crocker is a devout believer. However, he may be too close to his subject to be objective. Rather than provide a balanced and critical history, this book alternates from being a readable and intriguing inquiry to being merely a whitewash of the past. Humane Vitae? It told 'simple facts'. The Syllabus of Errors? It condemned that 'might makes right' (it also condemned the First Amendment, but you won't learn that it Mr. Crocker's book). Criticisms appear only in obilque and devout ways. Pope Paul VI's decision to sell his papal tiara to benefit the poor was a 'bad sign for those who knew that the pomp and grandeur of the church is manna to the soul of the believer'. If Gary Wills' 'Papal Sins' went far in the critical direction, Mr. Crocker has done the same but in the opposite direction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2002

    Incredible and riveting history, better told than any other book available.

    No apologies, no excuses and no pulled punches. I could not help but be humbled by one of the greatest history books I've ever read. H. W. Crocker III has told the greatest story of good vs. evil, of the frailty of humans, and of the TRIUMPH of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit over the last 2000 yrs. I will have to re-read this book many times but I fear I will never be able to again read it for the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2002

    The Catholic Companion Text

    It has been said that of the millions of people who hate Catholicism, only a handful do so for its genuine doctrine. H.W. Crocker III, in Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, a 2000-Year History, will go a very long way toward ending pervasive ignorance of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Seemingly in the Jesuit tradition, Crocker educates the mass lay public to end misrepresentations and misconceptions of the Faith. Triumph chronicles Catholicism from its earliest establishment in the Roman Empire to the current Vicar of Christ, John Paul II. Unbelievably, the beautiful tapestry of Catholicism's historical context had not been woven in its' entirety until this dynamic text. Crocker's intelligently lucid writing style is seductive to even the most time-conscious reader. Triumph articulates the paramount occasions in religions' foundation and delightfully delves into the religious and secular relations between Popes and national leaders, the 'conveniently' omitted facts behind the Protestant Reformation, and unabashedly (and truthfully) addresses the controversial topics of the inquisition, indulgences, and the pontificate of Pius XII. Triumph is a wonderful companion text, one that should be read immediately after the Bible, and the Catechism. I strongly encourage all interested in Catholicism, from those who have chosen to build their lives upon its' foundation to those slightly concerned, to read Triumph. You will be forever enlightened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    The sweep of history comes alive

    To write a history of the Roman Catholic Church that covers event over the course of two millennia is a daunting task, but once again, H.W. Crocker has done it. 'Triumph' reads like the great narrative histories of Sir Winston Churchill, or Shelby Foote's Civil War masterpiece. The reader is not bogged down in minutiae, or cheated out of certain epochs due to an editor's pen, but instead receives a complete and fair overview of this fascinating topic. And perhaps most importantly, Crocker's writing style accomplishes what has become so elusive within academic historical circles; He entertains. 'Triumph' is a triumph.

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