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Publisher Description

Take an unforgettable journey through the entire span of the Catholic Church's existence. In this essential course, The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation, acclaimed historian and award-winning professor Dr. Christopher Bellitto (PhD, Fordham University) breathes new life into two millennia of history.

The chronicle of Catholicism can seem daunting: full of names, dates, places, and phrases. Getting ahold of such a rich and diverse history requires guidance and a skillful approach.

In this brilliant survey course, you'll explore traditions of belief and innovate ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With Dr. Bellitto as your guide, you'll look at the major periods of church history: early, medieval, reformation, and modern. As you take this journey, you'll examine changes and continuities across the centuries.

In "Early Church", you'll see how a small group of believers spread the faith in a hostile pagan world. Then, in "Medieval Church", you'll see how popes and kings, bishops, and local lords fought to control the church as believers in the pews and plazas rediscovered the human Jesus of the Gospels. Meanwhile, religious life adapted as Christianity encountered new cultures. "Reformation Church" considers how the church recovered from its late medieval controversies and bridged the gap between science and religion. Finally, "Modern Church" explores how Vatican II has transformed Catholicism as it strides into its third millennium.

Dynamic and insightful, this course is a must-have resource. By understanding the history of the church, you will understand its fascinating past as it journeys into the future.

Religion & Spirituality
Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto PhD
hr min
March 24

Customer Reviews

Odin Anderson ,


Over the years, I've enjoyed several of Chris Bellitto's audio history courses. All are good. This is cleary his best. Bellitto has a knack for surveying broad swaths of historical developments while focusing on the particular people and events that make humanize history. In this series, you will meet the men and women who shaped Christian belief, created enduring institutions such as the papacy - the West's oldest extent institution. I appreciate Bellitto's energy and sense of humor. This course is both informative and a joy to listen to.

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Dingsee ,

A comprehensive and engaging history

With such a formidable table of contents, covering the full history of the Catholic Church this audio book could easily be intimidating--but Bellitto's skills as a presenter kept me listening. I also enjoyed his insights on why it's important to study and remember history generally.

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