Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.

Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.

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, 2001-2002). His articles have appeared in Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, Cristianesimo nella storia, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and other journals and magazines. Dr. Bellitto also serves as series Editor-in-Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition.

Praise for Christopher Bellitto

“Christopher Bellitto is one of the most compelling and accessible Church historians working today. He brings together the skills of a journalist with scholar’s expertise.” 

– Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Dean, Fordham University

“One discovers in Professor Bellitto that all too rare combination of scholarly expertise and exquisite communicator. His lectures weave humor with erudition, prophetic challenge with passion for the people of God, and historical objectivity with deep care for the Church.” 

– Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College

“Dynamic and accessible, Professor Christopher Bellitto breathes life into Church history in ways that resonate with the experiences of contemporary audiences. Weaving solid scholarship with engaging stories he brings fresh perspectives to the events and people that influence the rich diversity of the Roman Catholic tradition.”

– Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Catholic Theological Union

“Prof. Christopher Bellitto is an outstanding scholar who is widely admired for his great clarity as well as for the depth and breadth of his knowledge. Prof. Bellitto is an excellent guide in all matters of church history, and has a special gift for presenting complex realities in a compelling and clear manner.”

– Mary Doak, University of San Diego

“Master teacher, expert scholar, and superb communicator, Bellitto presents exquisitely masterful interpretations of the significance of the various eras of Church history that enlighten and delight. Media commentator on all things papal and episcopal, Bellitto captures the importance of the meaning of the past for the Church in the contemporary moment.”

– Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College

“Prof. Bellitto is one of the best contemporary historians of Christian history. His profound knowledge of the subject matter, decades of teaching, eloquent and effective communication skills, make his work an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the thousand year-old Christian story.”

– Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D., Seton Hall University

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  1. Medieval Christianity: Imagination, Images, and Ideas
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    For medieval men and women, Christianity was the air they breathed: Christian ideas, devotions, and beliefs shaped their perspectives and mindsets. Can we unearth their worldview today? Medieval Christianity: Imagination, Images, and Ideas transports you to the fascinating world of our spiritual ancestors. With award-winning professor Christopher M. Bellitto as your guide, you’ll explore history and legends, heroes and threats, triumphs and disasters, literature and devotions. As you move through the course, you will see your own world with new eyes.

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  2. The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation 2nd edition
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    Take an unforgettable journey through the entire span of Church history. In this brilliant survey course, you’ll explore the interaction between traditions of belief and innovate ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With award-winning historian Dr. Christopher Bellitto as your guide, you’ll look at the major periods of Church history: early, medieval, reformation, and modern. As you take this journey, you’ll examine what remained the same and what made a particular period unique.

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  3. Renewing Christianity: 2,000 Years of Church Reform
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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. 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. Learn More
  4. The Legacy of John Paul II
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    Presented by celebrated historian and papal expert, Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., this 6-lecture series gets to the heart of Pope John Paul II’s impressive legacy. You will assess the historical significance of this saintly and global pope who touched the hearts of millions. The Legacy of John Paul II takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at the pope’s life, powerful writings, and ideas of faith, both specifically for Roman Catholicism and the world at large. Learn More
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  8. The Reformations
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    While we tend to imagine the Reformation as a single, unified movement, in actuality there were many reformations. In this essential 12-lecture course, you will dive head first into this fascinating and nuanced chapter of history. As you do, you’ll uncover multiple Protestant and Catholic reformations before and after Luther (and the ensuing Council of Trent) all the while gathering more information about their religious, political, social, economic, and cultural backdrops.

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  11. Audio Bundle: Martin Luther and the Origins of Protestant Christianity  + The Reformations - 8 CDs Total
    Prof. David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D., and Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Learn More
  12. Audio/Video Bundle: Martin Luther and the Origins of Protestant Christianity + The Reformations - 8 Discs Total
  13. Audio Bundle: The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation 2nd edition + Renewing Christianity: 2,000 Years of Church Reform - 16 CDs Total
  14. Audio Bundle: Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue + Ancient Greece - 9 CDs Total
    Prof. Cary J. Nederman, Ph.D., & Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Learn More
  15. Audio/Video Bundle: Aristotle: Your Guide to Citizen Virtue + Ancient Greece - 9 Discs Total
  16. Audio Bundle: Medieval Christianity: Imagination, Images, and Ideas + The Crusades - 10 CDs Total
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  17. Audio / Video Bundle: Medieval Christianity: Imagination, Images, and Ideas + The Crusades - 10 Discs Total
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  18. Audio Bundle: The History of the Vikings: From the Baltic to Byzantium + The Crusades - 13 CDs Total
  19. Audio/Video Bundle: The History of the Vikings: From the Baltic to Byzantium + The Crusades - 13 Discs Total
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    Fr. John W. O'Malley, S.J., Ph.D. and Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Learn More
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  23. Video Bundle: The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation 2nd edition + Renewing Christianity: 2,000 Years of Church Reform - 14 DVDs Total
  24. Video Bundle: Homer’s Odyssey + Ancient Greece - 8 DVDs Total
    Fr. Gregory I. Carlson, S.J., D.Phil., & Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D. Learn More
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