• Title: A Concise History of the Catholic Church
  • Author: Thomas Bokenkotter
  • ISBN: 9780385505840
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Concise History of the Catholic Church A Concise History of the Catholic Church is now updated for the student of the s It remains a singularly useful reference work covering the significant events and doctrines that have shaped the
    A Concise History of the Catholic Church is now updated for the student of the 1990 s It remains a singularly useful reference work, covering the significant events and doctrines that have shaped the course of Catholic thought and action over the past two millennia.

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    1. At first glance, you may think this book large, cumbersome and too heavy a read for the Summer or any other time of the year, but I found it strikingly readable and highly informative.The author, Thomas Bokenotter, lays out the history of the church from the death of Christ all the way to the election of Pope Benedict XVI. This is not so much a complete history, and as Bokenotter freely admits, it's been criticized at times for not lambasting the church for certain transgressions in it's long an [...]

    2. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Great book to read if you're Catholic and if you're not it never hurts to understand what others believe.

    3. This book is an interesting although deeply flawed look at Church history over the past 2,000 years. It is less a history than a collection of moments in time without a true feel for the flow of events. In addition, many prominent events are simply ignored or passed over with barely a mention. Let me give a few brief examples. Little is said of the collapse of the Church in North Africa where it was thriving (Saint Augustine was a bishop in Hippo) until it was replaced by Islam. The Crusades are [...]

    4. Well this contained some history of the Church, but I would hardly call it "concise". It was "short", in that the Catholic Church has a history spanning nearly 2,000 years, but that is not the full definition of "concise": it also needs to be somewhat comprehensive, all-encompassing. It fails on this count.It gives details about a few people (whole chapters on St. Jerome and St. Augustine) while giving the short shrift to others (Aquinas and Albert are lumped into "The Aristotelian Invasion") an [...]

    5. The Catholic church has influenced so much of our world's history that I thought I would learn more about it. I carefully searched to try and get a history that wasn't written by someone who was against the catholic church. This book was apparently written as a textbook to be used in college classes teaching Catholics about the history of their own church. Because the book was written for Catholics, and I am not a Catholic, I had to decipher a lot of terminology and learn about a lot of Catholic [...]

    6. This book covers a huge amount of history in a concise yet detailed manner. It was rather thorough and often shared differing points of view. I was bothered by the fact that Protestants Martin Luther and John Calvin had longer sections (each an entire chapter) devoted to them then anyone else in the book. It also bothered me that it never really acknowledged the spiritual component of the church. The author would describe politics involved in situations but would never acknowledge that Catholics [...]

    7. This book is both extremely dull and appallingly biased. Bokenkotter has no knack for historical narrative and the text is uninteresting even by the low standards of college textbooks. He also has gone so far off the deep end in defending the Catholic Church that the book bears no traces of objectivity. Missionary practices in the new world and Africa are covered as heroic triumphs over savagery. The pedophilia scandal is covered in depth, only so that Bokenkotter can inform the reader that the [...]

    8. I read this when I first got my CDL and drove End Dump Truck for the City of Minneapolis to do some bad weather clean up. I got paid 18 dollars/hour to read this over a week. It was worth it. It did nothing to convince me that the Catholic Church is anything but a cult based on tradition, guilt and most importantly blind faith.

    9. Fairly ill-informed, agenda-driven work trying to disguise itself as an introductory work for beginners, which is why beginners should be steered clear of this thing.

    10. I'll admit I stopped reading just before the chapter on "The Unmaking of Christendom." Focusing on what I did read, I can say that it's a very unsatisfying book. It fails to put things into proper perspective and ends up going forward in time and then backward, causing significant confusion.This book lends quite a bit of undue weight to a lot of people and events. Saints Jerome (whom it's apparent the author doesn't like for some reason) and Augustine are each given entire chapters, but it's har [...]

    11. A Concise History of the Catholic Church by Thomas S. BokenkotterA review by Anthony T. RiggioOctober 4, 2012I ordered this book from after reading "Christianity, the First Three Thousand Years" by Diarmaid MacCulloch (an Anglican Scholar). It was an interesting book which I rated on with some interest in understanding Christianity from a "secular" point of view and while I did not write a long analysis of my thoughts on this book, my and show the following: "Good historical work; Anglican b [...]

    12. Skipped over large, yet important parts of the Church's history - Spanish Inquisition & Wars of Religion. Spent most of the time on Theology & Politics I felt like a lot of it was excuses for some of the nasty things that happened. Or just downright ignoring things.

    13. I read this a few years back. It is comprehensive and very readable. This books is written from a liberal standpoint.

    14. A subtitle for this book would read "A liberal American modernist's perspective." A perspective that a feminist liberation theologian would enjoy reading.

    15. This book provides an accessible and fascinating insight into 2000 years of Church history, a herculean achievement. Some might grumble that he spent too little time on the Crusades and the Islamic conquest of North Africa and maybe too much time of the American experience of Catholicism, but I believe in order to write a relatively concise history, there would be inevitably some choices that are disputable. I found he was even handed in his treatment of the early Church's blindspots, such as, i [...]

    16. If you are looking for a good history of the Catholic Church, there are several multi-volume approaches to the subject that are worth reading. This one is an attempt to distill 2,000 years of Church history in one volume, which turns out to be neither concise or comprehensive. Add to that the limitation that Fr. Bokenkotter tries to oversimplify very complicated theological issues into terms that non-theologians can understand, but he ends up just oversimplifying. He also spends an inordinate am [...]

    17. On the whole, a balanced treatment of the Church, especially given that Bokenkotter is a priest and might be expected to sweep the dirty laundry under the carpet, so-to-speak. He is very open at acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman Catholic Church, although would have liked him to be more explicit about the nature of human vs. institutional fallibility. According to Catholic doctrine, members of the Church, including the Pope, are sinful, but the Church as an institution is no [...]

    18. Well - I found the first half of the book extremely interesting (the struggles between monarchs and the popes, between popes, between churches (Lutheran, Calvinism, Eastern Orthodox). I found MOST of the second half much slower as it was more about stuggles of interpretations of various theologies within the church. While important, it's hard to make those interesting without providing fuller explanations which is hard to do in a 430 page book that covers 2000 years. The last few chapters are in [...]

    19. Although I've finished this concise? history, I won't be removing it from the side of my bed as I have found it an invaluable mine of information. Most sensible people of the 21st century accept the bible as nonsense, but it is extremely gratifying to see an acceptance of this through the writings of a theist. (I believe I've read somewhere that mr Bokenkotter is, in fact, father Bokenkotter, apologies if I'm wrong.) His use of the phrases "we believe" and " it is generally accepted" when refere [...]

    20. It is difficult to call this either "Concise" or a "History" of the Catholic Church. Admittedly, the challenge would be significant condensing 2000 years of history into these few pages. This is more a part history and part the evolution of theological thought in the church over the centuries. Many important points in history are reduced to a single sentence while other points are allocated an entire chapter. A limitation of reading much into the final few chapters is that it is written in the y [...]

    21. If you're looking for information, then you'll find it here. If you want to be entertained, well unless you're into the more dry material, this will probably be a little overly wordy for you. It's chock full of information and good for anyone studying religion, but the average Joe or Jane off the street probably will want to stick to a lighter read.The good thing about this book is that every once in a while you'll get passages that will draw you in and keep you entertained. The book is written [...]

    22. An excellent history up to the end of the Second Vatican Council in 1965 and its aftermath (first 75% of the book). Thereafter it goes downhill (final 25%). Readers should know that this book was first published in 1977. New editions with added material were released in 1979, 1990, 2004, and 2005. Unfortunately, the new material was simply tacked on to the old with apparently no effort to update the language, verb tenses, etc. in the older text to reflect the fact that time had passed between th [...]

    23. Told from the perspective of somebody sympathetic to the Church, this provides a nice counter-point to many of the historical arguments against Catholicism and is well worthwhile for that reason.On the other hand, the writing regularly crosses the line from biography to hagiography, with many characters introduced as "bold" or "working tirelessly". If an editor had toned down the superlatives, the rest of the book may have been more believably objective.

    24. Although very dry reading - I found this to be an informative overview of the history of the Catholic Church and more recent controversies. Sometimes the chapters were a struggle to get to - and at the end, especially topics seemed to be presented in a jumble, as if the author were just throwing whatever new idea came his way into the book with subtitles to make sure everything got covered.

    25. The author did quite good work examining 2000 years of history in an accessible way in less than 600 pages. I appreciated Bokenkotter's honesty about many of the dark times in Church history, although a few of the major ones were somewhat skimmed over. I learned a lot about the past of my Church, and could see clear connections between that history and our present.

    26. For anyone interested in an informative and very readable overview of the Catholic Church this book is certainly worth the read. Needless to say, few of the stages in the churches history are dealt in great detail as it has to cover 2000 years of History in 400 odd pages. As a Catholic he provides an interesting slant on the whole story and covers it all nicely.

    27. A really good history of the Church that will make you wonder how this organization managed to survive for over 2000 years. Also you will discover that nobody beats making mountains out of molehills like a theologian.

    28. This book was one of my textbooks for my Catechesis and Theology course. It was so interesting for me to finally be able to connect some of the dots in my own mind about church history. I plan to go back and reread sections in a more leisurely fashion.

    29. Not exactly a page-turner, but I did learn a lot. It was good to see the history of the church in one long span. The later chapters about Vatican II and Pope John Paul II were especially interesting.

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