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New Short History of the Catholic Church
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on 21 October 2016
Excellent history of the Christian people from Pentecost (AD 30) to 2010. The main emphasis is on the Catholic church, but other churches (Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican) are treated fairly and sympathetically, while the author does not shun from deserved criticisms of Catholics. Packed into some 250 pages, this succinct, well organized and very readable account covers both the institutional church and popular religion. Here are some of the topics: bishops, canon law, charity, councils, crusades, devotions, enjoyment, heresies, laity, liturgy, martyrs, missionaries, parishes, pilgrimages, popes, prayer, priesthood, relaxation, religious orders, sacraments, schools, sport, theologians, and universities. Surprisingly, the section on sport (as indicated in the well arranged Index) makes a good beginning, then go on from there.
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on 3 February 2013
This is an interesting and informative book which does a good job summarising the history of the Church concisely and straightforwardly.
It delivers what you would expect from a 'short' history - good starting point.
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on 5 July 2011
The best thing about this book is that its five chapters are so easily readable. The author has a delightful style, which is not at all stuffy, and he tells the story clearly, simply, sometimes with a delicious touch of humour, and without a single footnote. He tackles the good, the bad and the ugly with equal delicacy. This book is a gift for all those who wish to find out some of the key events and issues that have happened and have had to be faced within the Catholic Church over the past two thousand years. It is uncluttered, but gives enough for the ordinary reader to be satisfied, and has more than enough bibliography for the scholar to delve further. It is a dream for teachers, and a stimulus for beginners. It leaves the reader wanting more.
Denis Blackledge SJ
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