The Western Church in the Middle Ages
The Western Church in the Middle Ages   -     By: John A.F. Thomson
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After supplanting the traditional pagan cults of the Roman Empire, Christianity became the dominant religion of Western Europr, converting the barbarian invaders of the empire to its own faith. The dominance of its teaching over a thousand years enabled it to set the moral agenda of society and determine the intellectual life of the period. How it did so, together with its struggle to preserve its autonomy from the power of secular rulers, are the central themes of this book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0340601183
ISBN-13: 9780340601181

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From its origins in the ancient world as a rival to traditional paganism, Christianity has grown to become one of the most widely practiced religions in the world. This book explores how the Church took over spiritual control of Western Europe in the Middle Ages to become the very foundation of life--setting a moral agenda for all of society and dominating its intellectual pursuits.

Covering the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Reformation, this account is structured in three chronological blocks: the gradual development of unity within the Western Church up to the eleventh century; the centralization phase between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries; and the break-up of the centralization of power in the later Middle Ages. Organizational developments and changes in spirituality and doctrine are examined, and the history of the papacy is situated in the wider context of changes in both ecclesiastical and lay society. Intellectual developments and the rise of heresy--at both the elite and popular levels--are also considered in a telling exploration of the mental world of medieval Christendom.

Author Bio

John A. F. Thomson is at University of Glasgow.

Editorial Reviews

“A...solid survey of the medieval Church from the fifth to the early sixteenth century....The appendices, particularly useful for the introductory level, include a table of important events, a list of popes from 312 to 1517, and a glossary. The bibliography provides a good overview of scholarly works on the medieval Church.” —The Medieval Review

“An excellent survey. Very readable and comprehensive.” —Robert Clouse, Indiana State University

“An excellent survey useful as a textbook in medieval church history.” —E. Ferguson, Abilene Christian University

“This book contains a wealth of detail and anecdotal evidence. The style is transparent and highly readable.” —Jim Halverson, Judson College

“An excellent overview of the important spiritual, intellectual and institutional developments in the church. Written in an accessible style for students.” —Ronald K. Delph, Eastern Michigan University

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