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Triumph : the power and the glory of the Catholic Church : a 2,000 year history
Crocker, H. W.
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First edition.
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Roseville, Calif. : Forum, [2001]

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x, 499 pages ; 24 cm
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BX945.3 .C76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Presents a history of the Catholic Church from biblical times to the present day.

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Booklist Review

Written in a breezy style, this sweeping chronicle effectively condenses and communicates the intricate history of one of the world's most complex and intriguing institutions. The Catholic Church has evidenced a remarkable ability to triumph and prosper through the ages. With the fervent ardor of the true convert, the author, a former Anglican, conducts the reader on a remarkable 2,000-year odyssey of the Catholic faith. Though both affirmative and negative aspects and eras are represented, Crocker attempts to place the most positive spin possible on such dreadful episodes as the Crusades and the Inquisition. Epic in scope and featuring a vividly drawn cast of saints, sinners, and martyrs, this eminently readable account provides a compelling overview of the often-controversial history of Catholicism. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

If history, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, then writer and novelist Crocker (Robert E. Lee on Leadership) obviously liked what he saw when he looked at the 2,000-year life of the Catholic Church. A convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism, Crocker has produced an exhaustive, thoroughly sourced narrative which reflects his love for his chosen faith. Although his accounts of episodes like Christianity's East-West split and the Inquisition will be seen by some as mere defenses of the Roman church, Crocker has made a creditable attempt to place events in a more balanced context, providing details that are typically downplayed by or absent from more critical chronicles. For example, he acknowledges that tortures and executions occurred during the Inquisition and does not excuse them, but he also observes that they were miniscule compared to the bloody conflict that was to follow as a result of the Protestant Reformation. Crocker's treatment of reformer Martin Luther seems unnecessarily harsh at a time when relations between Lutherans and Catholics have been steadily improving, as witnessed by the 2001 signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. In discrediting Luther and his purposes, Crocker dredges up a multitude of the reformer's personal flaws, calling him an "ill-tempered, unbalanced, and unhappy monk." He is much kinder to reformer John Calvin, whom he deems "undoubtedly the finest theologian the Protestant churches ever had." Readers interested in a detailed history that minimizes criticism of the Catholic Church will most appreciate this work. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved