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The Story of the Church: Her Founding, Mission and Progress: A Textbook in Church History Paperback – October 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 521 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089555156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895551566
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kimball on June 30, 2004
The copy I have was printed in 1935, and is a hardback book. The cover is orange with purple. The paper is fairly thick, and the printing is larger than is typical for a history book. There are a lot of black-and-white pictures, with many of them being reproductions of artwork. There are a handful of maps and a few photographs. The binding is fairly robust since it was intended as a book for elementary age kids.
The subject of the book is the history of the Catholic Church from its founding to 1935. Given the intended audience (Catholic elementary school kids in the United States), the book fulfills its intention quite well. The broad historical setting of the centuries it covers conforms to the stuff I learned in my world history classes in school, while the details relating to the Catholic Church were provided in more detail than were in my history classes.
The book is written from the point of view of an active Catholic historian, so the writing style (word choices, sentence construction, etc.) and choice of events to cover take on a distinctly pro-Catholic tone. Despite being overtly pro-Catholic, it covers many events in a surprisingly even-handed way. A quote from p.131 illustrates this (referring to the nations which had taken over Europe after the fall of Rome): "Though these new nations were known as barbarians, we must not think of them as savages. They had a culture all their own, which, though not as advanced as that of the Greeks and Romans, had produced much that was noble and beautiful."
The book takes an unsurprisingly negative tone towards the Reformation and the era of the Enlightenment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bajada on May 31, 2014
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I found this book very easy to follow and filled with details presented in an interesting way. I recommend it to especially to beginners and not so advanced students of the history of the church. Needs a little update, such as list of popes and recent history of the church in the second half of the twenty first century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kerriann kerr on July 12, 2013
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I liked it's conciseness and easy readability. Would recommend it to a bible study group. Great Catholic History book covering 2000 years of history.
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I originally read this in 2009 and loved it. I lost this book 2 years ago and wanted to read it again.
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By Christine T. Wall on September 21, 2014
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