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People of God: The History of Catholic Christianity Paperback – Oct 1 1999


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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867163631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867163636
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,001,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By webmaster@paxchristus.com on Aug. 5 2000
Format: Paperback
Do not be deceived by this title. This book rocks. Never have I seen a more concise and clear history of the church ever. Even though the focus of this book is the history of the Roman Catholic Church, I recommend it to all Christians as it teaches a very easy to read walk through of history of the church. It includes everything of how church has evolved and the reasons for the many schisms within the church. No denomination bashing here. Gilles is both Catholic and a historian, but his writings are heavily researched, and includes many truths that all Christians especially Catholics should know. Papal heresies, battle for power and land, theological schisms, and much much more. I have read many books and never have I seen someone be willing to put so much historical truth about the church. Five Stars
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A fun, fair and accessible intro to Church history Aug. 24 2004
By Jean E. Pouliot - Published on Amazon.com
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For people like me who get lost in the details, The People of God is a godsend. In simple, bold strokes, it tells the story of Roman Catholicism in a way that explores the 2000 year history of the institution without sugar-coating its problems or downplaying its triumphs. The book's style is somewhat reminiscent of the "Dummies" line of guides, including straightforward writing and sidebars to describe particular issues. The book is respectful and even-handed when describing Church crises, including the schism with the Eastern Church, the Reformation and the Inquisition. "Focus" pages help us see Catholicism from the point of view of its adherents, including a pastor of the Dark Ages and an unfortunate lay person summoned before the Inquisition. Saints and heroes get their due, from St. Francis to St. Thomas More to St. Teresa of Avila.

Believe it or not, I used this book as a reference when working toward my Masters in Catholic lay ministry. It's great for keeping straight the plethora of dates, characters and issues that have arisen in the last two millennia.

"People of God" is super for kids of middle school age and above, whether Catholic or not. It will answer many of their serious questions without alienating the Catholics among them from the sometimes all-too-human institution to which they belong.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended to all Christians Aug. 5 2000
By webmaster@paxchristus.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do not be deceived by this title. This book rocks. Never have I seen a more concise and clear history of the church ever. Even though the focus of this book is the history of the Roman Catholic Church, I recommend it to all Christians as it teaches a very easy to read walk through of history of the church. It includes everything of how church has evolved and the reasons for the many schisms within the church. No denomination bashing here. Gilles is both Catholic and a historian, but his writings are heavily researched, and includes many truths that all Christians especially Catholics should know. Papal heresies, battle for power and land, theological schisms, and much much more. I have read many books and never have I seen someone be willing to put so much historical truth about the church. Five Stars
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed... Aug. 23 2006
By corrgc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For me, this book was a big disappointment. I normally look for books on "history" to simply provide the facts and sources of those facts. To be an author of an effective history book is to be anonymous throughout. Unfortunately the author felt the need to express his opinions on ancient church movements or decisions (i.e his disagreement with papal infallibility, priestly celibacy and ordination of women). By the time I was done with the book, I had a bad taste in my mouth. The author seemed to gloat over the negative history of the Catholic Church, while downplay it's tremendous success or ignore it all together. The author frequently accuses the Church of "remaining in the middle ages" or averting modern growth, but only glances over the Church's tremendous accomplishment in science, law, education (universities), economics, architecture & the Arts. In fact I don't recall reading about it's greatest accomplishment - the discernment and canonization of scripture! Or the Church's magnificient accomplishment, with the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit, of preaching the gospel through every evil stumbling block the world has thrown at it.

I gave it one star for good readability and one for his "focus" features. But if you're looking for an unbiased history - look elsewhere (Compact History of the Catholic Church - Shreck, How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization - Woods or Warren Carroll's series). This one's headed for the recycle bin.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Church History April 5 2008
By Searcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good book for basic history of Catholic Church. Easy to read, almost conversational, but contains the important highlights (and lowlights) of the Catholic Church. Contains a timeline at the end that is a terrific summary of the information contained in it. It didn't take long to read this.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Really? Sept. 10 2009
By DAV - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reeks of the 1970's. Even its title is based in what was then a very popular expression, based in very liberal theology. This book assumes the worst of the Catholic Church in all eras--never mind real historical events. Save your money. If you want real church history, try The Catholic Church, the First 2000 Years: A Popular Survey and Study Guide to Church History. It will give both good and bad in an accurate fashion. The People of God does not.


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