Expanded and updated for the new millennium.
Covering the life of Christ, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and everything in between, A Concise History of the Catholic Church has been one of the bestselling religious histories of the past two decades and a mainstay for scholars, students, and others looking for a definitive, accessible history of Catholicism. With a clarity that will appeal to any reader, Thomas Bokenkotter divides his study into five parts that correspond to the major historical and epochal developments in Catholicism. His authoritative, thorough approach takes readers from the Church’s triumph over paganism, through "the sound and fury of renewal," to a new section devoted to such topics as dissent and current developments in the ecumenical movement. Informative illustrations throughout the book, new to this edition, enrich the reader's experience, and the addition of a wide-ranging bibliography increases its value as a sourcebook.
This expanded and updated edition of A Concise History of the Catholic Church is destined to continue the legacy of excellence established by pastor and professor Bokenkotter (Xavier Univ.) when the title was first published by Image Books. Now, 25 years later, he advances on the history of Catholicism to include contemporary issues of liturgical polarization, religious pluralism, theological dissent, and clerical immorality. The current reality of pedophilia and sexual abuse is incorporated into this honest and timely work. The text is divided into five dominant historical periods in Catholicism, beginning with the Church's triumph over paganism, the making and unmaking of Christendom (600-1650 C.E.), the Church in a state of siege (1650-1891 C.E.), and finally the Church in the 20th century. Each concisely written and fully documented chapter clearly develops those broad epochal sections. This new edition is appropriate for scholars, students, and the general reader seeking a balanced and thorough review of Catholicism's complex history. The 40-page annotated bibliography adds considerable depth and authority to the revised text. Black-and-while illustrations throughout and a helpful index add to the overall quality. Ecumenical, comprehensive, and accessible, this is recommended for all libraries even where the 1979 edition is owned.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.