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  • Paperback: 621 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc. (January 1, 1930)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089555349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895553492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Father John Laux, M.A., was a high school religion teacher who wrote his own Catholic curricular books after spending a large number of years teaching and researching. His works were first published in 1928 and include Catholic Apologetics, Mass and the Sacraments, Introduction to the Bible, Catholic Morality and Church History. He capsulated the Catholic faith extremely well, thanks to his lively prose and succinct way of accurately explaining the details of theology. Though Father Laux originally wrote his books for high school students, they remain very informative for those in college and even adulthood as well. He wrote in a timeless, direct and to-the-point style that continues to present Catholics with in-depth explanations of their faith today.

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I read the whole thing through from start to finish.
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By way of background, I should record that it was my privilege to study history at a great American history during the early seventies of the last century.
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding the roots of their Catholic faith.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on August 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Father Laux's book titled CHURCH HISTORY is an excellent guide for those interested in the history of the Catholic Church. There is an obvious gap regarding the second half of the 20th century, but this book is still very useful.

Father Laux begins his study with the early Church. His materials are obviously selections from the Bible, but he also makes use of other documents that help explain the development of the early Catholic Church. Father Laux mentions that St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. 107 AD)was one of the first to use the term "Catholic Church." Readers should note that St. Ignatius of Antioch was a contemporary of St. John who is credited with writing the Gospel of John and Revelations or the Apocalypse. In other words the earliest Christians referred to themselves as Catholics and belonging to the Catholic (Universal Church). If this causes apoplexy among Protestants who define their religion by Catholic bashing, that is too bad because the sources are there.

Father Laux gives an interesting account of the survivial of the Catholic Church even as the central authority of the Roman Empire disintegrated. This is an important part of the history of the Catholic Church simply because the Catholic authroities maintained a disciplined organization which united Europeans when nothing else would. There were obvious exceptions to this trend, but the fact is that the Catholic Church united European men and women when there was political chaos during the Dark Ages (c. 500-750).

Father Laux's treatment of the monks and nuns is important. Father Laux presents a clear and incisive history of these forgotten heroes and heroines. The monks and nuns of the so-called dark ages preserved learning and Western Civilization.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A.C. Williams on May 17, 2000
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For Christians and historians alike this is an indispensible resource for the study of Christian history and spirituality. It is filled with quotes from the lives of Martyrs, saints and Church Fathers. This book clarifies and explains the root causes for many of the hard to understand episodes in Church history,ie..Heresy,schism, holy wars, inquisition etc.. The style of writing is supreme. My honest opinion would rank this one of the best books Amazon.com has to offer.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "lord_blue-glass" on November 3, 2000
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This book has helped through three years of mediaeval history papers: it is one of the few books I have found which is at once Catholic and comprehensive on the matter of Church History. THose fed up with reading learned tome after learned tome of socio-political reasoning will welcome the more relaxed and generous voice of this book. I paricularly recommend it to any History student anxious to keep their viewpoint Christian, but I also commend it to all readers: it is Church History, which is the history of the world, at its best.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
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Every Catholic at some time in his life has undoubtedly felt a desire to know the history of the Catholic Church. But where to begin the study of nearly 2,000 years? Probably no book was better concieved or better executed to fulfill this need than Church History by Fr.John Laux. Written expressly both for students and adults; anyone who becomes familar with this book will find that he has aquired an excellent background in Church history. The author intersperses the history with many brief, interesting biographies of famous people, and at the end of each chapter, he quotes briefly from a famous writing of the era, blending a medly of elements into a comprehensive historical composition that is at once brilliant and fascinating. Church History by Fr. Laux is a story of the Church unparalled in its scope, depth, variety, interest, and impact, and a book all Catholics should read, that they might understand in what manner the "mustard seed" planted by Our Lord has grown to be the greatest institution in the entire world!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Villegas on September 26, 2005
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It starts from the time of Jesus Christ up to the reign of Pope Pius XII.

Church History by Fr. John Joseph Laux is an excellent, basic complete history of the Catholic Church.

It sums up the causes of the Inquisition, the Schism of King Henry VIII, beginning and end of Jansenism, and the end of the Papal States of Rome as well as the glorious monarchy of Italy once ruled by Blessed Pius IX.

This is not an outdated book because it published in the mid-20th century. History is never outdated even in the past. History is History. The facts from the past are still the same facts today.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hennicke VINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
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Understanding, as we do, that Fr. Laux's fine history of the Catholic Church does not inform beyond the pontificate of Pius XII,Church History: A Complete History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day for High School, College and Adult Reading is still a worthwhile study of the events that shaped the Church into the 20th century and should be easily enjoyed by any faithful Catholic interested in how the institution came to be in the years before the Second Vatican Council (despite what many contemporary Catholics might think, Church history did not start in October of 1962 & Vatican II did not do away with all that had come before.) So many Church histories of our time take a decidedly revisionist point of view, distorting the immense contributions the Catholic Church has made to the world as a whole & defaming the memories of many saintly figures (the aforementioned Pope Pius XII is a concrete example of this trend.)
While some tastes might find Fr. Laux's style a bit dated (admittedly this is somewhat so,) his work is accessible and highly informative. This is an excellent read, highly recommended to history enthusiasts from all walks of life, but particularly to those interested in the glorious story of Holy Mother Church!
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