The Catholic Church Through the Ages: A History Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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To Galilei he writes "what got him into trouble was not his scientific study of the solar system but rather his claim that the bible might be wrong" (page 258). This is absolutely distorting the facts: It was exactly Galilei's study of the solar system, seeing that the earth moves around the sun, which was seen to contradict the bible!
It is sad when Catholics feel the need to white-wash history in order to handle the negative aspects of history. This makes us Catholics loose all credibility.
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This book got me excited! In one location with an easy but well documented read, one can get a good overview of the history of the church, which ties together culture, politics, economics, and the spirituality of the times with the development of the Catholic Church.
The author also presents a foundation for the Reformation and the intent of Martin Luther. I found all the "people" (apostles, popes,saints,lay people) I thought to be important--and many more people that I had not heard of-- mentioned in this book.
This book is an excellent beginner book for church history and a slice of what one might find in a humanities course. The author writes in an easy-to-understand style and supplements the text with pictures, time-lines, charts, and lists. The author divides the history of Christianity into six ages, which helps to organize the information in a way that submerges the reader into a walk with history.
This book is appropriate for persons age 12 and beyond. It can easily be read in sections. A thorough list of supplemental materials is given.
My sister--who has shown little interest in books of this type--bought her own copy. I think she is more excited than I am!
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