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Roots of the Reformation Witness of Early Christian Women, The Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief
Roots of the Reformation
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Adam, Karl By Mike Aquilina

Meet the heroines of Christianity's formative years!

The Witness of Early Christian Women: Mothers of the Church demonstrates the radical nature of Christianity's understanding of women and their roles, especially in a pagan society that viewed them as little more than property. The variety of women here is striking: poor widows, consecrated virgins, heroic martyrs, but also businesswomen, the wealthy, and an indomitable traveler on a world tour.

Each chapter features a concise biography accompanied by writings from the early Church about the woman in question.

The Mothers of the Church include:
Holy Women of the New Testament
St. Blandina
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Helena
St. Thecla
St. Agnes of Rome
St. Macrina
Proba the Widow
St. Marcella
St. Paula
St. Eustochium
St. Monica
Egeria the Tourist

Explore the impact of each of these women on the Church, then and now. Their stories will enthrall you. Their writings will inspire you. Their witness will empower you.
In Discovering God, award-winning sociologist Rodney Stark presents a monumental history of the origins of the great religions from the Stone Age to the Modern Age and wrestles with the central questions of religion and belief.
Templars, The: Knights of Christ Second Greatest Story Ever Told, The: Now is the Time of Mercy Roman Catacombs, The: A History of the Christian City Beneath Pagan Rome.
Templars, The: Knights of Christ
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Second Greatest Story Ever Told, The: Now is the Time of Mercy
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By Regine Pernoud

Foreword by Piers Paul Read

For centuries, historians and novelists have portrayed the Knights Templar as avaricious and power-hungry villains. Who were these medieval monastic knights, whose exploits were the stuff of legend even in their own day? Were these elite crusaders corrupted by their conquests, which amassed them such power and wealth as to become the envy of kings?

Indignant at the discrepancies between the fantasies, on which “writers on history of every kind and hue have indulged themselves without restraint”, and the available evidence, Régine Pernoud draws a different portrait of these Christian warriors. From their origins as defenders of pilgrims to the Holy Land to their dramatic finish as heretics burned at the stake, Pernoud offers a concise but thorough account of the Templars’ contribution to Christendom.

“From Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the portrayal of the Templars is as false as it is absurd. This distortion exasperated, and even enraged, the French historian Régine Peroud, who has already set right many of our misapprehensions about the Middle Ages. Now in The Templars she rehabilitates the devout Catholic knights, exposing ‘the incredible crop of fanciful allegations attributing to the Templars every kind of esoteric rite and belief, from the most ancient to the most vulgar. . . .’ As she rightly points out, the truth is accessible in archives and libraries: it is not impossible to uncover the facts. The result is an excellent, unadorned history that is a pleasure to read.”
—Piers Paul Read Author, The Templars: The Dramatic History
A gripping account of the prophetic witness of St. John Paul II, and the profound connection between Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy. By the bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory.
Enter into the shadows of the Roman catacombs where early Christians attended Mass and hid in fear from Roman soldiers seeking their death for refusing to renounce the Christian Faith.
Apostles and Their Times, The: Archeology, History, and Scripture Unveil What Life Was Really Like During the Apostolic Age Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Kno Story of the Church , The (Revised
Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Kno
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Story of the Church , The (Revised
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Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archeological findings and scientific research, acclaimed author Mike Aquilina takes you on a journey through the Apostolic Age, bringing to life the ancient streets and crowded marketplaces through which Mary and the Apostles journeyed as they built a Church that lasts even to our day. Moczar, Diane McBride, Alfre
Seven Lies About Catholic History: Infamous Myths about the Church's Past and How to Answer Them. One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church was the Catholic Church Dividing of Christendom, The
Dividing of Christendom, The
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By Diane Moczar

The world hates the Church that Jesus founded, just as He said it would (John 15:18). It reviles her doctrines, mocks her moral teachings and invents lies about her history. In every age, but especially in our modern day, historians and political powers have distorted the facts about her past (or just made up novel falsehoods from scratch) to make the Church, and the civilization it fostered, seem corrupt, backward, or simply evil.

In Seven Lies about Catholic History, Diane Moczar (Islam at the Gates) tackles the most infamous and prevalent historical myths about the Church popular legends that you encounter everywhere from textbooks to T.V. and reveals the real truth about them. She explains how they got started and why they re still around, and best of all, she gives you the facts and the arguments you need to set the record straight about:

The Inquisition: how it was not a bloodthirsty institution but a merciful (and necessary) one Galileo's trial : why moderns invented a myth around it to make science appear incompatible with the Catholic faith (it's not) The Reformation: why the 16th-century Church was not totally corrupt (as even some Catholics wrongly believe), and how the reformers made things worse for everybody and other lies that the world uses to attack and discredit the Faith. Written in a brisk style that's fun and easy to read, Seven Lies about Catholic History provides the lessons that every Catholic needs in order to defend and explain not just apologize for the Church's rich and complex history.
By Kenneth Whitehead

Very often in the history of Christianity, "reformers", by whatever name, have aspired to return to "the early Church". The Church of their own day, for whatever reason, fails to live up to what they think Christianity should be: in their view there has been a falling away from the beautiful ideals of the early Church.

Kenneth Whitehead shows in this book how the early Church has, in fact, not disappeared, but rather has survived and persisted, and is with us still. "Reformers" are not so much the ones needed by this Church as are those who aspire to be saints—to follow Christ seriously and always to fulfill God's holy will by employing the means of sanctification which Christ continues to provide in the Church.

Whitehead shows how the visible body which today bears the name "the Catholic Church" is the same Church which Christ established to carry on and perpetuate in the world his Words and his Works—and his own divine Life—and to bring salvation and sanctification to all mankind. Despite superficial differences in certain appearances, the worldwide Catholic Church today remains the same Church that was originally founded by Jesus Christ on Peter and the other apostles back in the first century in the ancient Near East. The early Church, in other words, was always!—nothing else but—the Catholic Church.
By Christopher Dawson

How did Catholics and Protestants come to be divided? What impact has their division had on Western culture? Historian Christopher Dawson answers these and other important questions in his classic study, The Dividing of Christendom. Based on Dawson’s Harvard lectures, this book provides a highly readable, masterful overview of the factors that led to one of the deepest divides in Western history—one that endures and gave momentum to social, cultural and political changes whose consequences are still with us. The decline of medieval unity, the Renaissance, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the cultures of divided Christendom, the rise of modern secular culture, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution are all presented in an engagingly, popular style.

This is a work for all Western Christians who want to understand the historical origins of their present divisions and possible ways of overcoming them. Dawson writes, “Of all divisions between Christians, that between Catholics and Protestants is the deepest and the most pregnant in its historical consequences. It is so deep that we cannot see any solution to it in the present period and under existing historical circumstances. But at least it is possible for us to take the first step by attempting to overcome the enormous gap in mutual understanding which has hitherto rendered any intellectual contact or collaboration impossible.”

Ecumenism progressed significantly after Dawson penned those words, especially following the Second Vatican Council, but the problem of Christian disunity persists. This is a fitting subject for Christopher Dawson, whose genius was to present the broad sweep of history with verve, clarity, insight and authority. Only a deep appreciation of how the present Christian divisions arose, Dawson argues in The Dividing of Christendom, will permit an authentic return to full Christian unity.
Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon 101 Surprising Facts About Church History The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift
Fr. Donald Calloway's "magnum opus," introducing history's most prominent promoters of devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady in the rosary. A new must-have for anyone who loves praying the beads. In 101 Surprising Facts About Church History, Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. walks readers through the most amazing achievements of Christ's Body on earth. Rossetti, Stephen

"Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti forges a renewed theology of priestly blessing, encouraging his brother priests to return to, or renew with enthusiasm, the regular habit of blessing people, objects, and events. In this book he outlines the history and varied meanings of blessing from the Old Testament through the post-Vatican II renewal, and shows how this distinctively Catholic activity is integral to the identity of priests and crucial to the spiritual and material wellbeing of all the faithful"--
Catholics Confronting Hitler: The Church and the Nazis How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art Compact History of the Catholic Chu
Compact History of the Catholic Chu
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Written with economy and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII. Elizabeth Lev

Exploring the works of Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and countless other Counter-Reformation artists, Lev shows how Catholic art in the 16th and 17th centuries was designed to confront challenges raised by the Reformation with soothing and persuasive voice of art.
Schreck, Alan
Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church Rome and the Eastern Churches Shroud of Turin, The: A Critical Summary of Observations, Data, and Hypotheses
Rome and the Eastern Churches
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A brawling, colorful history full of inspiring pageantry and spirited polemic, Triumph will exhilarate, amuse, and infuriate as it extols the glories of Catholic history and the gripping stories of its greatest men and women. By Aidan Nichols, O.P.

In the second edition of this major work, Dominican theologian Aidan Nichols provides a systematic account of the origins, development and recent history—now updated—of the relations between Rome and all separated Eastern Christians.

By the end of the twentieth century, events in Eastern Europe, notably the conflict between the Orthodox and Uniate Churches in the Ukraine and Rumania, the tension between Rome and the Moscow patriarchate over the re-establishment of a Catholic hierarchy in the Russian Federation, and the civil war in the then federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia, brought attention to the fragile relations between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, which once had been two parts of a single Communion. At the start of the twenty-first century, in the pontificate of Benedict XVI, a papal visit to Russia—at the symbolic level, a major step forward in the ‘healing of memories’— appears at last a realistic hope.

In addition, the schisms separating Rome from the two lesser, but no less interesting, Christian families, the Assyrian (Nestorian) and Oriental Orthodox (Monophysite) Churches, are examined. The book also contains an account of the origins and present condition of the Eastern Catholic Churches—a deeper knowledge of which, by their Western brethren, was called for at the Second Vatican Council as well as by subsequent synods and popes.

Providing both historical and theological explanations of these divisions, this illuminating and thought-provoking book chronicles the recent steps taken to mend them in the Ecumenical Movement and offers a realistic assessment of the difficulties (theological and political) which any reunion would experience.
Revolution Against Christendom, The: A History of Christendom, Vol. 5 History of the Franks, The Creed , The : Professing the Faith Through the Ages
History of the Franks, The
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This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print. A dramatic narrative of French history in the sixth century. Gregory of Tours (c. A.D. 539-594) intended his HISTORY to be a chronicle of events and included the 21 years he spent as Bishop of Tours. This volume contains all ten books of the HISTORY. As Gregory unravels the bewildering events of those decades, what emerges is no dry historical document but a colorful, detailed and moving pageant. Hahn, Scott

Why were the early Christians willing to die to protect a single iota of the creed? Why have the Judeans, Romans, and Persians-among others-seen the Christian creed as a threat to the established social order? In The Creed: Professing the Faith Through the Ages, bestselling author Dr. Scott Hahn recovers and conveys the creed's revolutionary character.

Tracing the development of the first formulations of faith in the early Church through later ecumenical councils, The Creed tells the story of how the very profession of our belief in Christ fashions us for heavenly life as we live out our earthly days.
Irony of Modern Catholic History, The: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform Heroism and Genius: How Catholic Priests Built Western Civilization The Lord of History ( Biblical Catechesis )
A powerful new interpretation of Catholicism’s dramatic encounter with modernity, by one of America’s leading intellectuals Heroism and Genius presents some of the formidable men of the Dark Ages and the medieval period, sketching their decisive role in the building of the landmark social, artistic and economic institutions that mark Western Civilization. Msgr. Eugene Kevane
When Msgr. Eugene Kevane's seminal work The Lord of History was originally published in 1980, it responded to a call by the Second Vatican Council to promote "a more effective coordination of philosophy and theology so that they supplement one another in revealing . . . the Mystery of Christ, which affects the whole course of human history" (Optatum Totius 14).

Lamenting that in modernity Christ is no longer the center of the universal history of mankind, let alone the center of one's personal history, Kevane believed it was critical for catechists to reclaim Christ as the Lord over every aspect of humanity's collective and individual experience. In this new edition of The Lord of History, Kevane's groundbreaking work introduces today's generation to the bedrock of Christian philosophy and its relationship to religious instruction and beyond.
Founding of Christendom, The: A History of Christendom, Vol. 1 Building of Christendom, The: A History of Christendom, Vol. 2 Glory of Christendom, The: A History of Christendom, Vol. 3
This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print. The Building of Christendom, 324-1100 is the second volume in The History of Christendom series. This series is the only in-print, comprehensive narration of Western history written from an orthodox Catholic perspective. This series is the only comprehensive narration of Western history written from the orthodox Catholic perspective still in print.