New Short History of the Catholic Church
Norman Tanner, SJ
Number of pages: 344
Here is a one-volume history of the Christian people from Pentecost to the present day, with principal focus on the Catholic Church. Having passed AD 2000 it seems appropriate and necessary to have a new short history of the first two millennia of the Christian era.
In the last half century there has been a massive amount of research into Church history, published in learned articles and in multi-volume works. Full notice is taken of these recent scholarly initiatives in writing this short account, which is also eminently readable.
In each section there is a balance between the institutional and the more directly religious dimensions of the Church. The book covers such topics as: bishops, canon law, charity, councils, crusades, devotions, heresies, laity, liturgy, martyrs, missionaries, parishes, pilgrimages, popes, prayer, priesthood, religious orders, sacraments, schools, theologians, universities and the vita consacrata.
Dr. Norman Tanner is a Jesuit priest and now Professor of Church History at The Gregorian University in Rome.