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Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - DustinsDad - 08-19-2013

Can anyone recommend a good solid book on the history of the Church? Someone has asked me for this and I'm not sure whats good and whats not so goof. Thanks.


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - Sant Anselmo - 08-19-2013

A Complete History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day – Fr. John Laux

I've seen traditional minded priests recommend this one.  It was written a long time ago, so "Present Day" needs to be taken with a grain of salt to be sure.




History of the Catholic Church - From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium - James Hitchcock

I don't know much at all about this one, but Ignatius Press puts out some decent stuff from time to time, so it might be worth looking into. 


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - St. Pius of Trent - 08-19-2013

(08-19-2013, 05:36 PM)Sant Anselmo Wrote: A Complete History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day – Fr. John Laux

I've seen traditional minded priests recommend this one.  It was written a long time ago, so "Present Day" needs to be taken with a grain of salt to be sure.




 

This. It is quite good at giving a broad historical perspective of the Church.


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - guacamole - 08-19-2013

turns out i have laux's book.  gerry matatics recommended and sold it to me.  it's been gathering dust over the cabinets above my kitchen counter.

gonna skim the chapter on the jansenists and one of my personal heroes, blaise pascal.  (p. 504).


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - karl - 08-19-2013

(08-19-2013, 06:22 PM)St. Pius of Trent Wrote:
(08-19-2013, 05:36 PM)Sant Anselmo Wrote: A Complete History of the Catholic Church to the Present Day – Fr. John Laux

I've seen traditional minded priests recommend this one.  It was written a long time ago, so "Present Day" needs to be taken with a grain of salt to be sure.
 

This. It is quite good at giving a broad historical perspective of the Church.

Agreed.  I read it about ten years ago, but that is my recollection.


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - Deidre - 08-19-2013

Well, there's the four-volume work written by James McCaffrey on archive.org...: http://archive.org/search.php?query=title%3A%28history%20of%20the%20catholic%20church%29%20AND%20creator%3A%28james%20MacCaffrey%29 There are some duplicate volumes listed, and a librivox recording, but all 4 volumes are there.  :)


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - Geremia - 08-19-2013

I know a trad seminary that uses Joseph Épiphane Darras's multi-volume A general history of the Catholic church: from the commencement of the Christian era until the present time.


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - Cetil - 08-19-2013

I recommend Henri Daniel Rops books  if you can find them. Mostly out of print though I think. He was very Catholic and wasn't afraid to say so.
He made the history come alive, not dry as dust like some. It was a set, "History of the Church of Christ", still some used copies around at reasonable prices: 
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=henri%20daniel%20rops%20history

Some background: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=142

C.


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - OldMan - 08-19-2013

A General History of the Catholic Church, by Darras. 4 vol. at:

http://books.google.com/books/about/A_General_History_of_the_Catholic_Church.html?id=vWg-AAAAYAAJ


Re: Good book on history of the Church...recommendations? - DustinsDad - 08-19-2013

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the suggestions.