New Short History of the Catholic Church

New Short History of the Catholic Church


By (author) Norman Tanner

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  • Publisher: Burns & Oates Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 220mm x 24mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 086012455X
  • ISBN 13: 9780860124559
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 77,350

Product description

This is a new volume to replace "The Short History of the Catholic Church" (Burns&Oates) that is severely out of date. Here is a one volume history of the Christian people from Pentecost to the present day, with principal focus on the Catholic Church. Having passed AD 2000 it seems appropriate and necessary to have a new short history of the first two millenia of the Christian era. In the last half century there has been a massive amount of research into Church history, published in learned articles and in multi volume works. Full notice is taken of these recent scholarly initiatives in writing this short account, which is also eminently readable. In each section there is a balance between the institutional and the more directly religious dimensions of the Church - here are some of the elements - bishops canon law charity councils crusades devotions heresies laity liturgy martyrs missionaries parishes pilgrimages popes prayer priesthood religious orders sacraments schools theologians universities and the vita consacrata. The scope is wide the pace of the narrative attractive.

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Author information

Dr Tanner is a Jesuit priest and now Professor of Church History at The Gregorian University in Rome.

Review quote

While the book is eminently readable, its treatment of the divine and human dimensions of the Christian mystery, through history, is sophisticated... Tanner is to be congratulated on writing this complex and fascinating story with learning, wit and clarity. The publisher is to be thanked for producing an elegant and attractive volume at an affordable price.--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

1. The Early Church; 2. The Middle Ages Part 1; 3. The Middle Ages Part 2; 4. Reformation and Counter Reformation; 5. The Modern Era.