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Church History (Patristic Era, Ecumenical Councils, the Papacy, and Saints): Getting Started
The historical development of the Church...Within 400 years after Jesus' passion, Christianity developed from an illegal, persecuted, and underground religion into the sole, official, dominant faith of the Roman Empire.
The purpose of this research guide is to provide an introduction to the basic resources and sources for the study of the writings and teachings of the Fathers of the Church and the Patristic Age. As such, it lists the major introductions and handbooks to the patristic literature, the monumental sets containing the texts of the Fathers in the original language, the major series of translations of the Fathers into English, as well as other resources, dictionaries and tools that illuminate the writings, doctrinal teachings, theological disputes, heresies and controversies of the first eight centuries of the Christian church.
Historical note: As a student inMilan, Muratori uncovered the 'Muratorian Canon', the earliest known list of the New Testament canon. Later, as both Archivist and priest, he wrote strongly in favor of Church reforms, presaging some of the work of
photo: T. Amodeo 2010
Recent official church documents and news releases can frequently be
found on the Vatican website or that of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Other sites may contain documents or
information about the Catholic Church, but attention must be paid to
the source, currency, and accuracy.
Grounded in the teachings and passion of Jesus Christ, early Christian theologians studied Jewish thought, Greek philosophy, and Greek and Latin vocabulary in their endeavor to explain complex Christian theological concepts.
The body of modern churches, including (among others) the Greek and Russian Orthodox, that is derived from the church of the Byzantine Empire, adheres to the Byzantine rite, and acknowledges the honorary primacy of the patriarch of Constantinople.
The Council of Trent was the council of the Roman Catholic Church that met between 1545 and 1563 at Trent in S Tyrol. Reacting against the Protestants, it reaffirmed traditional Catholic beliefs and formulated the ideals of the Catholic Reformation.
Anti-Catholicism is a generic term for discrimination, hostility or prejudice directed against Catholicism, and especially against the Catholic Church, its clergy or its adherents. The term also applies to the religious persecution of Catholics.
An historical, theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic social encyclical tradition by exploring views on Christian social responsibility through classic texts and contemporary problems.
Surveys the history of the Second Vatican Council and the sixteen documents it promulgated. Highlights materials that reveal the vision of Catholic faith presented by the Council from a theological perspective.
A searchable database of primarily sixteenth and seventeenth century Latin texts it is a collection of original language writings from the 14th to the 19th century by Catholic authors on a wide variety of topics relating to the Reformation of the Catholic Church in the early modern era, the Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent specifically.
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