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The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation

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The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation

  • Associate Professor of History, Kean University
24 Lectures (8 DVDs or 9 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide

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Now available in either audio or video formats, this remarkable course is a fascinating tour of 2,000 years of Christian history.

As you take this journey, you’ll meet saints, serfs, kings, popes, and philosophers. Your guide, award-winning author and professor Christopher Bellitto, weaves together their stories—and the ideas they represent—to create the rich tapestry of our Catholic history. Enjoy your exploration of the history of the Church from Jesus to John Paul II with this highly recommended series, perfect for anyone seeking a complete grasp of Christian history.

Prof. Bellitto approaches this complex and diverse history through a particular lens, focusing on the interaction between a tradition of unchanging belief and the development of inventive ways to describe, teach, share, and live that faith as Christianity has spread around the world.  Through a series of 24 25-minute topics, you will trace the Church from its early beginnings in Rome to the modern day. Along the way, you will explore the discoveries of the Middle Ages and the debates of the Reformation.

This dynamic and insightful course will give you a detailed yet compact knowledge of your faith’s history—a long-awaited resource for Catholics like you. With Prof. Bellitto as your guide, you will understand as never before the Church’s fascinating past that will undoubtedly shape its future.


Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

About Your Presenter

Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto is an award-winning historian, Associate Professor of History at Kean University, and Academic Editor at Paulist Press. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of nine books and the co-editor of five others, and his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. His books include 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2008), Ten Ways the Church Has Changed (Pauline Books and Media, 2006), The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press, 2002) and Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II (Paulist Press 2001). His articles have appeared in Church History, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and many other journals. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on The History Channel, NPR, CNN, and other radio and television stations.

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Topic Titles

  • Introduction: Why Bother with Church History?
  • Jesus’ Life and the First Believers
  • Church and the Roman Empire
  • Explaining Christian Belief
  • Living the Faith
  • Developing an Institutional Church
  • Converting Europe
  • Charlemagne’s Vision
  • Investiture Controversies
  • Papal Monarchy: Pros and Cons
  • 12th Century Rediscovers the Gospels
  • Universities and Scholasticism
  • Religious Life: Innovations and Reform
  • Crusades
  • Encountering others
  • Avignon Papacy and Great Western Schism
  • Martin Luther Thinks About Reform
  • Other Ways of Thinking About Reform
  • Catholic Reform Before and After Luther
  • Thinking About God in New Contexts
  • Spreading the Faith in New Ways in a Different World
  • Papacy: A Challenged Monarchy
  • Living the Faith after the Enlightenment
  • A Global Church Faces its Past

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  1. The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation Audio Bundle: The History of the Catholic Church + Early Christianity and the First Christians - 16 CDs Total $224.95

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Highly engaging! Review by Lynn Ann
Highly engaging. Huge topic in digestible sections. Balanced presentation of strengths and weakness of Church leadership throughout the ages. Led to fantastic small group discussions. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Professor Bellito gives a factual and interesting history without taking sides on the various developments in the Church's history. Review by Ray
Professor Bellito gives a factual and interesting history without taking sides on the various developments in the Church's history. He is out to inform, i.e. to promote thought but not controversy. This course is a good basis from which to continue one's study in areas of special interest.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
The course gives an outstanding introductory background. Review by Gerard
Without the knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church, one does not know the Church. The course gives an outstanding introductory background. It is not as detailed as H. W. Crocker III's Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, but it is quite satisfactory.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)

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