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Church History : A Complete History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day Paperback – January 1, 1930
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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.Read more ›
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This is not an outdated book because it published in the mid-20th century. History is never outdated even in the past.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.
After re-discovering my Catholic faith, I have been trying to explore the depths of my Church and its teachings. This book has helped me to put people, places, and events in their proper perspective.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding the roots of their Catholic faith.
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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This is a great overview of Church History. I took a class in Church History my first semester in an M-Div program. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mjk
This is a great history book on Christianity and dispels the many myths and errors that modern revisionists advocate. What were the great contributions if any of Christianity ? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Frank Montez
I feel that this was written on the side of the Catholic Church, meaning all the good (and there is an abundance) is documented and the not so nice has been glossed over and... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Debbra L.
This book was originally published in 1930. Fr. Laux (who "taught church history for many years") also wrote
Chief Truths Of The Faith, Introduction to the Bible, Catholic... Read more
This book was in very poor shape and falling apart it cannot be used for the study of christian history as you turn the page they are falling apart . Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Carolyn L. Miller
This is an orthodox book. There is one by Bokenkotter that is heterodox, and should only be read if one really knows the true Catholic faith. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Gerald R. Schmidt
This account of the history of the Catholic Church is far too selectively euphemistic to be of any real use. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Ludwig