The history of the Catholic Church is long, complicated, and fascinating, and in this book it is expertly and ably told by James Hitchcock, professor of history at St. Louis University for over 30 years. As in the parable of Christ about the weeds that were sown in a field of wheat, evil and good have grown together in the Church from the start, as Hitchcock honestly records. He brings before us the many characters—some noble, some notorious—who have left an indelible mark on the Church, while never losing sight of the saints, who have given living testimony to the salvific power of Christ in every age.
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James Hitchcock, Ph.D., is a longtime professor of history at St. Louis University, which he attended as an undergraduate. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University and has authored several books, including The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life; The Recovery of the Sacred; What Is Secular Humanism?; and Catholicism and Modernity: Confrontation or Capitulation?See more on the Author page.
PRAISE FOR HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
“The gap in knowledge of history and current events sadly extends to us Catholics in our grasp of the Faith and the rich history of the Church. In his ambitious new work, History of the Catholic Church, James Hitchcock has given us an accessible tool to better our understanding and love for the history of the Church. To love the Church, we must understand her history. As Blessed Pope John XXIII remarked, ‘History is our best teacher.’ Thank you, Dr. Hitchcock, for this timeless gift to the Church for the Year of Faith.” CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN
Archbishop of New York
“A remarkable achievement that synthesizes a lifetime of learning, James Hitchcock’s History of the Catholic Church is also a signal service to twenty-first century Catholicism, a religious community in which controversy and contention are often the by-products of severe amnesia. The Church of the New Evangelization has to know its own story, and that story is told here in full.” GEORGE WEIGEL
Author, Witness to Hope: The Biography
of John Paul II
“James Hitchcock has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding scholar, insightful commentator and lucid, accessible writer. All of these skills come together and shine in his History of the Catholic Church. It’s a masterwork: exhilarating in scope and a joy to read. If you want an unforgettable account of the fullness and drama of the Christian story, read this book.” CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
“For years, James Hitchcock has been our premier historian—a dissident from conventional wisdom, well-armed and solid. Here he pioneers a new method for presenting a long sweep of history: an orderly and altogether fascinating series of vignettes—of arguments, movements, distinctive persons, and concrete events. This book provides both a great resource for easy reference, and a stimulating definition of a Christian humanism that holds in tension the transcendent and the down to earth, the holy and the sinful.” MICHAEL NOVAK
American Enterprise Institute
“James Hitchcock is one of the few historians alive today with the background and ability to present the two-millenium history of the Catholic Church. In this remarkable volume Hitchcock brings a lifetime of insights and research to this important subject. It is a work of erudition in which the reader will discover not only the importance of the Catholic Church in past centuries, but in our own time.” THOMAS F. MADDEN, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
“This book, by one of the premier American Catholic historians, is clearly addressed to a broad audience. It is apologetic in the best sense, written from the point of view of a practicing Catholic, and addresses the various questions that would occur to a lay reader inevitably influenced by views found in the larger culture.” GLENN W. OLSEN
Emeritus Professor of History,
University of Utah