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Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy From Peter to John Paul II by Thomas F. Madden

Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy From Peter to John Paul II

by Thomas F. Madden

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In this compelling series of lectures, widely esteemed author and professor Thomas F. Madden illustrates how the papacy, the world's oldest institution, gave birth to the West. Since Jesus Christ instructed the foremost of his Apostles, Peter, that he would be the rock upon which Christ would build his church, the papacy has survived the rise and fall of empires while continuing to assert an undeniable influence on world events. The men who have served as pope are a fascinating collection of larger-than-life personages who have touched millions of lives, changed the course of history, and even launched crusades that have altered the balance of global politics. With a learned approach and incisive analysis, Professor Madden not only provides a history of the papacy, but sheds light on the personalities of the popes and the flavor of their pontificates; and at the same time, Madden demonstrates how the papacy has survived the tumultuous cauldron of history and offers a studied commentary on the future of this resilient institution.

Lecture 1 The See of Peter

Lecture 2 The Papacy During the Decline of the Roman Empire

Lecture 3 The Changing of the World

Lecture 4 Birth of the Medieval Papacy

Lecture 5 The Reform Papacy of the Middle Ages

Lecture 6 The Papacy and the Byzantine East

Lecture 7 The Papal Monarchy

Lecture 8 Decline of Papal Authority in Europe

Lecture 9 The Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism

Lecture 10 Renaissance and Reformation

Lecture 11 The Papacy in the Age of Revolution

Lecture 12 The Confrontation with Nationalism

Lecture 13 The Era of World Wars

Lecture 14 A New Engagement with the Modern World: 1958 to Present

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