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

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Saint Louis University professor Thomas F. Madden delivers lectures on the history of the papacy and also sheds light on the personalities of the popes and the flavor of their pontificates. 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.
Published (first published March 28th 2011)
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Mona
Aug 04, 2016 Mona rated it really liked it
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WHY I CHOSE THIS BOOK: Part of my journey to understand the religious beliefs of the world. Plus this is not just religious theory but history which I really like.
SUMMARY: The history of not just the papacy but of the world during the time of the papacy.
REVIEW: This was fascinating. I learned a lot not just about the history of the Catholic church but of other religious denominations and of the world. Because religious institutions do not get born, grow and flounder within a vacuum. They not onl
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Carlos Burga
Jul 11, 2014 Carlos Burga rated it really liked it
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This was the first audio-book that I ever listened and I have to admit that it was surprisingly good. It goes without saying that Madden puts his own spin on several aspects of the more than occasionally scandalous history of the papacy, but he manages to do so while genuinely informing the reader of the great changes that this institution saw throughout the ages. More importantly, however, Madden also manages to make this more than a list of fun-facts of the more than 200 men who have sat on ...more
Ubalstecha
Apr 04, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
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This book on CD is really a series of lectures on the history of the papacy. Learned quite a bit about the history of Europe at the same time. Nice to listen to while I am making my dinner or doing chores.
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Jul 16, 2009 Ellis rated it really liked it
Since I'll start working at a Catholic University in August, I figured I should learn some more stuff about Catholicism. Thus begins the Catholicism "reading" series.
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Thomas F. Madden (born 1960) is an American historian, the Chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Director of Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

He is considered one of the foremost historians of the Crusades in the United States. He has frequently appeared in the media, as a consultant for various programs on the His
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