James Hitchcock, Ph.D., is a longtime professor of history at St. Louis University, which he attended as an undergraduate. He received his masters and doctorate degrees from Princeton University and has authored several books, including The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life; The Recovery of the Sacred; What Is Secular Humanism; and Catholicism and Modernity: Confrontation or Capitulation?
The History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millenniumby James Hitchcock
The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world. Beginning with the first Christians and continuing in our present day, the Church has been planted in every nation on earth.The Catholic Church claims Jesus Christ himself as her founder, and in spite of heresy from within and hostility from without, she remains in the twenty-first century the steadfast guardian of belief in his life, death, and resurrection. The teachings and redemptive works of Jesus as told in the Gospels are expressed by the Church in a coherent and consistent body of doctrine, the likes of which cannot be found in any other Christian body. The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in this book it is expertly and ably told by historian James Hitchcock. As in the parable of Christ about the weeds that were sown in a field of wheat, evil and good have grown together in the Church from the start, as Hitchcock honestly records. He brings before us the many characters--some noble, some notorious--who have left an indelible mark on the Church, while never losing sight of the saints, who have given living testimony to the salvific power of Christ in every age. This ambitious work is comprehensive in its scope and in incisive in its understanding, a valuable addition to any school or home library.
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Concise but thorough. Hitchcock’s writing style is a joy to read. It’s hard to put down.Truly a new work. Not just built on the back of previous works.
An excellent history of the Catholic Church; you will learn a lot. But this should not be the first history of the Church that you read because it is arranged topically rather than chronologically. Read a straight chronological history first and then have a timeline in front of you when you read Hitchcock's work.
This terrific book packs 2000 years of Catholic Church history into 500 pages in a highly-readable, organized, and appealing way. It is a good basic book, presenting chronological facts that entice the reader to learn more about particular topics. The author loves Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, yet he does not shy away from negative personalities or historical events. What needs improvement: With the exception of a few women saints and members of nobility, women’s history is excluded. Would highly recommend for college reading with additional supplemental materials.