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The second volume of "A History of the Christian Tradition" takes the reader through the momentous events of the post-Reformation Christian world to the dawning of the ecumenical movement in the late 20th century. Beginning with an overview of protestant Europe, this volume examines the missionary ventures in the 16th and 17th centuries, the establishment of churches in the New World, and the sturggles between rationalism and faith during the Enlightenment and later. Notice is also given to developments in the Orthodox churches and the story of the Jews in Christian Europe. The History concludes with renewal movements, culminating in the Second Vatican Council and the pontificate of Pope John Paul II. Thomas D. McGonigle, O.P., and James F. Quigley, O.P., teach in the Development of Western Civilization program at Providence College where Father McGonigle is professor of history and Father Quigley teaches church history and theology. 286 pages, softcover from Paulist Press.
A history of Christian belief and institutions from the Reformation to Vatican II and beyond.