A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

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Government Institutes, 16 nov 2009 - 368 pagine

A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's engaging narrative examines the 265 individuals who have claimed to be Peter's successors. Rather than describe each pope one by one, the book focuses on the popes that shaped pivotal moments in both church and world history. The author does not shy away from controversies in the church, and includes legends like Pope Joan and a comprehensive list of popes and antipopes to help readers get a full picture of the papacy.

This simultaneously reverent yet critical book will appeal to readers interested in both religion and history as it chronicles the saints and sinners who have led the Roman Catholic Church over the past 2000 years. The author draws from his popular audio CD lecture series on the topic, 2,000 Years of Papal History, available through Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

 

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4679. A History of the Popes From Peter to the Present, by John W. O'Malley, S.J. (read 1 Mar 2010) This is a superbly well-done account of the Papacy from St. Peter to now. In less than 350 pages the ... Leggi recensione completa

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This is a superbly well-done account of the Papacy from St. Peter to now. In less than 350 pages the history is well delineated, with perspicacious jugments on the popes he mentions--and he mentions all the important ones. It is the best one-volume history of the Popes I have ever read. Leggi recensione completa

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Part I From the Margins to the Center of the Roman World
1
Bishop of Rome?
3
Chapter 02 After Peter and Paul
13
The Thirteenth Apostle
23
Damasus and Leo the Great
33
Chapter 05 Gregory the Great
43
Bringing Order Out of Chaos
51
Chapter 06 Greeks Lombards Franks
53
A Turning Point
189
Chapter 20 Five Popes and a Council
199
Chapter 21 The New Rome
209
Into the Modern Era
219
Chapter 22 The Storm Breaks
221
Bowed Down and Raised Up
231
Chapter 24 Beleaguered Infallible and Prisoner Again
239
Searching for Solutions
251

Savior or Master?
65
Chapter 08 Their Darkest Hour
75
Chapter 09 Saving the Papacy from Itself
85
Whos in Charge Here?
95
Development Decline Disarray
107
Chapter 12 Compromises Crusades Councils Concordats
109
Vicar of Christ
119
Big Claims Big Humiliation
129
The Babylonian Captivity
139
The Great Western Schism
149
Renaissance and Reformation
159
Chapter 16 The Restored Papacy
161
Chapter 17 The Renaissance Popes
171
Chapter 18 Luther Leo and the Aftermath
179
Confronting Modern Culture
261
The Papacy as a Global Institution
269
Chapter 27 War Peace Fascism
271
Saint or Sinner?
281
Peace and Reconciliation
291
In a Tight Spot
303
The World Is My Parish
313
Epilogue
325
List of Popes
331
Notes
337
Index
341
About the Author
351
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John W. O'Malley, S.J., is a Roman Catholic priest and professor of religion at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous books, including What

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