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Popes and the Papacy: A History Lecture

Popes and the Papacy: A History

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More than a billion Roman Catholics throughout the world today look to the pope for guidance and leadership. Despite the papacy's enormous influence, how much do you really know about this ancient and powerful institution?

Catholics and non-Catholics alike will enjoy these 24 illuminating lectures about this remarkable institution. Professor Noble gives you priceless insights into the dramatic history of the papal office and the lives of the men who represented it.

You'll follow four critical strands of papal history over 2,000 years: the history of the "Petrine" idea; the history of an institution; the history of popes and antipopes; the history of Western civilization; and you'll look inside the Vatican's doors and discover fresh views on the institution's people, ideas, traditions, and routines, as well as the important roles played by organizations like the Curia and the Secretariat of State. You'll investigate the mechanisms by which the church not only ministers to its worldwide flock but also deals with the practical realities of its administration.

Filled with interesting stories and remarkable insights, this course promises to educate, enlighten, and entertain you.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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    Ryan 10-12-17
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    Right at the beginning Prof. Noble mentioned that he would not be able to devote time to many anecdotes and tales of the Papacy. Admittedly, that is essentially what I had been hoping for when I purchased the course. As a survey course, though, I was presented with an excellent overview of the Papacy as an institution and a good idea of how the Office has evolved through time and how it functions today. Given that, I am completely satisfied with the information presented in this course and suspect you will be as well. Plus, Professor Noble is a tremendously gifted teacher (this is the first time I've experienced his teaching, but I say this unreservedly). He uses a conversational style that is reminiscent of being told stories around a fire, perhaps. But it is all very solid and, amazingly, there are very few times that he employs "ums", "ers", and the like. It is extremely casual yet learned and his expertise shines through brilliantly. You will enjoy your time with him!

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    Would you listen to Popes and the Papacy: A History again? Why?

    Yeah, but it was really clear the first time around


    What about Professor Thomas F. X. Noble’s performance did you like?

    He's really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If he has ideological biases, it doesn't bleed through. He touches on controversies (some centuries old), but he presents both sides fairly.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a perfect intermediate level history of the papacy. Each unit could probably also use a lecture series, but that's no the point of this. He also ties the papacy into concurrent events very well.

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