Renewing Christianity: 2,000 Years of Church Reform

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Renewing Christianity: 2,000 Years of Church Reform

  • Associate Professor of History, Kean University
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From the age of the apostles to Vatican II, the Catholic Church has evolved and invigorated itself. Now, you can take a riveting journey through church renewal and reform.

When we first encounter the words reform and renewal in talking about the Catholic Church, we might think of Vatican II and the idea of aggiornamento—“updating.” But the history of reform is nearly as old as the church itself; indeed, one of the constants in church history is change.

As you move through the millennia in this riveting course, you will discover new insights into how the church has revitalized itself while remaining rooted in unchanging truths. Thoughtful Christians will explore the importance of balancing the past and the future; revolution and evolution; and innovation and tradition.

After an overview of the study of reform and renewal, you will see how these elements developed in the early church, where the first monastic communities emphasized personal reform. You will then explore the Middle Ages, looking at such events as the Carolingian Renaissance, the Gregorian Revolution, the church councils, the flowering of learning and spirituality in the twelfth century, and the emergence of a variety of religious orders. You will then encounter Martin Luther, the various Protestant reforms, and the Council of Trent. Finally, you will look carefully at Vatican II, examining its importance for modern-day reform.

Gain brilliant insights into the history of church renewal in this essential course.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • A History of the History of Reform
  • Reform and Renewal: Words, Ideas, Principles
  • Greek and Latin Fathers: Personal Reform
  • Early Monks and Nuns: Personal Reform under a Rule
  • Carolingian Renaissance
  • Gregorian Revolution
  • Medieval Reform Councils
  • Twelfth-Century Renaissance
  • Religious Orders: A Variety of Reform and Renewal Practices
  • Late Medieval Failures
  • Protestant Reformations I
  • Protestant Reformations II
  • Catholic Reformations
  • Between Trent and Vatican II
  • Vatican II: The Council
  • Implementing and Interpreting Vatican II
  • Three Lessons from the History of Reform and Renewal
  • Three More Lessons from the History of Reform and Renewal
About Your Presenter

Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., is an award-winning historian and Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of ten books and the co-editor of six others; his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on the History and Travel channels, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and other radio and television stations. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Dr. Bellitto’s books include Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible (Paulist Press, 2016), 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), The Living Church and Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2011, 2008), and the companion volumes Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II and The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press,...

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