New Short History of the Catholic Church is a concise history of the Christian people with principal focus on the Catholic Church. Having passed AD 2000, it seems appropriate and necessary to have a readable history of the first two millennia of the Christian era.
In the last half century there has been a massive amount of research into church history, published in learned articles and in multi-volume works. References to these recent scholarly initiatives appear throughout this short account, providing the richness of thorough historical scholarship in the scope of a concise history book.
In each section there is a balance between the institutional and the more directly religious dimensions of the Church. Some of the elements include bishops, canon law, charity, councils crusades, devotions, heresies, laity, liturgy, martyrs, missionaries, parishes, pilgrimages, popes, prayer, priesthood, religious orders, sacraments, schools, theologians, universities, and the vita consacrata.
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- Discusses when the boundaries of the Church mainly coincided with those of the Roman Empire
- Analyzes the breakup of the Roman Empire in the West through the barbarian invasions
- Explores the expansion of Catholicism into a worldwide religion
- Pentecost to the Fourth Century
- Early Middle Ages: 400–1054
- Central and Late Middle Ages
- Early Modern Catholicism: 1500–1800
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Praise for the Print Edition
Tanner covers a tremendous amount of ground but never leaves the reader overwhelmed with dates and names. . . . If you want a reliable general survey of church history, allowing you to see the woods for the trees, then this is the book for you.
—The Catholic Times
An excellent overview of church history focusing mainly on Roman Catholicism and covering five periods. . . . It includes a map of the Mediterranean world, a useful appendix listing ecumenical councils, a glossary of terms, and a good bibliography and index. It will be a useful reference work, particularly for theological students and clergy, and will be a welcome addition to church history studies.
—The Good Bookstall
This is a useful book of reference by the master of the history of the councils of the Church. . . . There is enormous value in a short, reliable, and careful study of a sequence of events that may have unfamiliar joinings and passageways to modern believers. . .
—Catholic Historical Review
- Title: New Short History of the Catholic Church
- Author: Norman Tanner
- Publisher: Burns and Oates
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 280
About Norman Tanner
Norman Tanner is a Jesuit priest and a professor of Church history at The Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.