Recommend Church history books for newbie


#1

I don’t know how to sum up what I am going after but I do know that I am not looking for a book on Saints or Scott Hahnn books. No offense to either i just need a change of pace.

Bring on the heavy stuff:thumbsup:… something that would make the Catechism almost appear light:whacky:
Key word “almost”


#2

Introduction to Catholic Church History I would suggest:

The Catholic Chruch Through the Ages - Martin Harney, S. J.

Church Histroy - Fr. John Laux, M.A.

More in depth is:

The Christian Tradition Vol. 1-5 - Jaroslav Pelkan


#3

The Compact History of the Catholic Church by Alan Schreck is a century-by-century account…just 189 pages. :smiley:


#4

The two volume set “The Teaching of the Catholic Church” edited by Canon George D. Smith, D.D., Ph.D. Lots of doctrine AND history.


#5

“Christ the King: Lord of History” one of my favorite books all time!


#6

Here is another thread about Church History resources:

forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=195546

Most of them are online sources, which may or may not be of interest to you (but hopefully they are!)


#7

Also, for a history of the Bible, check “Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger” by Gary Michuta. I can’t recommend highly enough!


#8

You might want two different things. “Church history for a newbie” is best approached first by an overview, and something “heavy, and comparable to the catechism” could be enjoyed a lot more after that.

1-The perfect book on Church history for an overview is “The Catholic Church Through The Ages” by John Vidmar. Read the reviews at Amazon:
amazon.com/Catholic-Church-through-Ages-History/dp/0809142341/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201213796&sr=8-1

2-If you want an incredible in-depth history you want Warren Carroll’s series, the first of which is “The Founding of Christendom”. amazon.com/Founding-Christendom-History-Vol/dp/0931888212/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201214092&sr=1-1

Personally, I can’t recommend these two enough.


#9

The History of the Church by Eusebius, written in the 4th Centruy. Available most anywhere, mine was on the shelf at Borders.


#10

I’d second this, along with:

*Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, by H.W. Crocker.
amazon.com/Triumph-Power-Glory-Catholic-Church/dp/0761516042


#11

It is even available online for free!

Another good book would be the Didache series textbook: The History of the Church. It is over 800 pages long and is quite comprehensive. It has lots of cool pictures, too. :slight_smile: Even though it is a high school textbook, it is still intellectually rigorous. I know some parishes use the Didache series for adult faith formation.

Here is what one reviewer said:

I am a historian, a high school teacher, a college professor, and a CCD teacher of 20 years experience. I am always on the look out for Church histories that a high school student can use AND which teaches a Catholic point of view AND which is a decent history book and read. I found it! A joy to use, with primary sources, great art and maps, and with enrichment activities.


#12

This is not a history book but I found it to be quite profound.

Frank Sheed’s Theology and Sanity.


#13

Loved it!
I’d also recommend very highly One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic by Kenneth Whitehead for a very good history of the Early Church. Fabulous book!


#14

Okey-dokey :thumbsup:

Church History Timeline, Vol. 1, by Mark Bonocore; it’s available here under Products:

catholic-legate.com/

The Church of Rome in the First Century by George Edmundson - this is out-of-print but available if you do a websearch.

Redating the New Testament by John Robinson

The Founding of Christendom (vol. 1 and following) by Dr. Warren Carroll

That will keep you off the streets for awhile. :wink:


#15

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