New Short History of the Catholic Church
This is a new volume to replace "The Short History of the Catholic Church" (Burns&Oates) that is severely out of date.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.
- Hardback | 344 pages
- 144 x 220 x 24mm | 498.95g
- 23 Jun 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Burns & Oates Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- Revised edition
About Norman Tanner
Dr Tanner is a Jesuit priest and now Professor of Church History at The Gregorian University in Rome.
An excellent overview of church history focussing mainly on Roman Catholicism and covering five periods... It includes a map of the Mediterranean world, a useful appendix listing ecumenical councils, a glossary of terms and a good bibliography and index. It will be a useful reference work, particularly for theological students and clergy, and will be a welcome addition to church history studies.--The Good Bookstall 'A short, readable and informed survey of church history.'--Sanford Lakoff 'Tanner covers a tremendous amount of ground but never leaves the reader overwhelmed with dates and names... If you want a reliable general survey of Church History, allowing you to see the woods for the trees, then this is the book for you.' --Sanford Lakoff 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.