The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present

The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present

by John W. O'Malley, SJ


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The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present by John W. O'Malley, SJ

As Pope Francis continues to make his mark on the church, there is increased interest in his Jesuit background—what is the Society of Jesus, how is it different from other religious orders, and how has it shaped the world? In The Jesuits, acclaimed historian John W. O’Malley, SJ, provides essential historical background from the founder Ignatius of Loyola through the present.

The book tells the story of the Jesuits’ great successes as missionaries, educators, scientists, cartographers, polemicists, theologians, poets, patrons of the arts, and confessors to kings. It tells the story of their failures and of the calamity that struck them in 1773 when Pope Clement XIV suppressed them worldwide. It tells how a subsequent pope restored them to life and how they have fared to this day in virtually every country in the world. Along the way it introduces readers to key figures in Jesuit history, such as Matteo Ricci and Pedro Arrupe, and important Jesuit writings, such as the Spiritual Exercises.

Concise and compelling, The Jesuits is an accessible introduction for anyone interested in world or church history. In addition to the narrative, the book provides a timeline, a list of significant figures, photos of important figures and locations, recommendations for additional reading, and more.

The paperback features a new Preface that examines the significant global work of the Jesuits today, including the impact of the first Jesuit pope, the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538104293
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 233,504
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John W. O’Malley, SJ, is a Roman Catholic priest and professor in the department of theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of a number of books, including A History of the Popes, The First Jesuits, and What Happened at Vatican II. He holds the Johannes Quasten Medal from The Catholic University of America for distinguished achievement in religious studies, and he has won numerous other awards, including best book and lifetime achievement. He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Renaissance Society of America.

Table of Contents

1. Foundations
2. The First Hundred Years
3. Consolidation, Controversy, Calamity
4. The Modern and Post-Modern Era
Epilogue: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Further Reading

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