Spanning from the birth of Christianity through the Crusades and the Protestant Reformation to John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, Key Moments in Church History is a brief and accessible guide to the origins and evolution of the Catholic Church. In this insightful and informative look at eleven of the most significant periods in church history, Finley not only helps readers understand the context and characters of the past, but sheds light on the current and future Church. The result is a hopeful and inspirational reading experience that is ideal for personal reflection or group use.
Mitch Finley earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University. He is the author of more than 30 books.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Jesus of Nazareth Chapter 4 The Early Church Chapter 5 The Church Gives Birth to the New Testament Chapter 6 The Constantinian Era Chapter 7 The Council of Chalcedon Chapter 8 The Crusades, the Inquisition, Saint Dominic and St. Francis of Assisi Chapter 9 The Protestant Reformation Chapter 10 The Council of Trent Chapter 11 Ultramontanism and the First Vatican Council Chapter 12 Pius X and the Modernist Crisis Chapter 13 John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council Chapter 14 Epilogue: The Current State of the Church