People of God: The History of Catholic Christianity Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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From the Back Cover
THE HISTORY OF CATHOLICISM is the history of Christian faith. Anthony E. Gilles traces its development -- from its beginnings in hushed gatherings within the Roman Empire to its current size and influence -- in an accessible and enjoyable style. A revised and updated compilation of the history volumes from his best-selling People of God series, this book will help you understand how the Church developed inrelation to, or in rebellion against, the larger culture. It details centuries of crucial turning points from the development of apostolic succession to the implementation of the reforms of Vatican II. Complete with maps, timelines and special "focus" sections on important events and issues, this valuable resource belongs in the collection of every student of Church history.
About the Author
ANTHONY E. GILLES lives with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia, where he regularly speaks at parishes and lectures in diaconate formation programs on Scripture and church history. He has taught history at Rutgers and the classics of Greek and Roman antiquity at the University of Tennessee. He has written eleven books and over five hundred articles on history, philosophy and religion.
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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.
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.
Unfortunately the author had to insert himself into debates on Papal infallibility, women priests, and yada, yada, yada. So it's difficult to recommend this book to new Catholics or people considering conversion.
That said, for people that are solid in the faith and mature enough to ignore the drivel at the end, it does a fairly decent job of covering the history of the church. So I'll give it 3 stars, but be I'd recommend caution about giving this to anyone that isn't already grounded in the faith.