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OSV's Encyclopedia of Catholic History Hardcover – March 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1054 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; Ill edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592760260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592760268
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 7.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the last twenty years, Dr. Matthew E. Bunson has been active in the area of Catholic Social Communications, including writing, editing and lecturing on a variety of topics related to Church history, the papacy and Catholic culture.

Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is the author or co-author of over forty-five books including: The Pope Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Catholic History, The Encyclopedia of Saints, John Paul II's Book of Saints, Papal Wisdom and The Angelic Doctor, The Life and World of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In 2005, he authored the first biography of Pope Benedict XVI in the English language. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Encyclopedia of the U.S. Catholic History. Since 1997, he has served as general editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac. In addition, he has been editor of The Catholic Answer Magazine since 2010 and is a professor of History and Church History for the Catholic Distance University in Virginia.

During the 2005 papal interregnum and conclave, Bunson served as a special consultant to USA Today and has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, EWTN, France 24, and Relevant Radio. Aside from his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Bunson holds a Bachelor's degree in History, and two Master's degrees in Theology. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in Church History.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorry on August 6, 2012
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While reading one thing, you go on to the next, and then to the next! It is really enlightening and educational. I keep it with me just about all the time.
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Well I bought and finally perused this book in my hands and find it wanting or lacking. Perhaps a unique and beautiful gift for a child through teen though.

This covers post-NewTestament: from the Pentecost to the reign of JPII. Most entries are one paragraph long or shorter, occasionally up to two paragraphs long. Most entries are quite short and curt, certainly not encyclopedia-like. The Reformation entry was 2 pages long, certainly not long enough for something that touts itself as an encyclopedia; was expecting 8-10 pages. This is a very concise (meaning short and to the point) and very attenuated reference book. Any and all internet sources to the same topic(s) are covered more in depth online. For instance Wikipedia is well defined on Catholic materials with Catholic contributors and editors. The online NewAdvent Catholic Encyclopedia is wonderful also. This book pales in comparison to either Wikipedia or NewAdvent. The online NewAdvent Catholic Encyclopedia, although it has a 1910ish print date it is very authoritative as a reference within the Catholic Church. The OSV Encyclopedia of Catholic History is not authoritative, nothing, pfft!

My recommendation is if you dont have the internet, then this could be a necessary although not too satisfying reference for you. If you have the internet, this book is a waste of time.

A great alternative book to this is "The Catholic Bible Dictionary" by Scott Hahn by Scott Hahn. A great and well used resource. Money well spent. Entries are short to long, covers all or most of the names, figures, terms presented in the Bible, Old Testament to New Testament.

Catholic Bible Dictionary : by Scott Hahn
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