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  • The Catholic Church: A History

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world-a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members? Explore these and other questions as you follow the development of this important institution in 36 informative, fascinating lectures. With Professor Cook by your side, you'll step into the world of the early church, witness the spread of Christendom, and learn about the origins of fundamental church institutions.

    P. Johnson says: "Thorough history presented in a compelling manner"
    "Thorough history presented in a compelling manner"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Catholic Church: A History to be better than the print version?

    As a college level course, the material presented is both thorough and interesting. I am on my second listening of the course because there is just such a wealth of information provided.


    What other book might you compare The Catholic Church: A History to and why?

    I love Father Robert Barron's Catholicism series and this course was a great addition to the material Father Barron presented. Obviously this course is a history while Barron's is not intended to be. Professor Cook was able to explain a lot of the "why" behind the evolution of the church while Father Barron continually showed its beauty. For those who really want to know about the Catholic church, this is a great asset.


    Have you listened to any of Professor William R. Cook’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have watched and listened to Professor Cook's course on The Great Cathedrals. He is a compelling and enthusiastic lecturer who presents material in a straight forward manner. I thought this course was quite good as an audiobook, while the course on cathedrals obviously needed the visual information. I plan on purchasing other courses by Dr. Cook.


    Any additional comments?

    One need not be Catholic to enjoy this thorough history. Professor Cook knows his material and presents it in an enthusiastic and compelling manner.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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