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The Dividing of Christendom

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How did Catholics and Protestants come to be divided? What impact has their division had on Western culture? Historian Christopher Dawson answers these and other important questions in his classic study, "The Dividing of Christendom." Based on Dawson's Harvard lectures, this book provides a highly readable, masterful overview of the factors that led to one of the deepest d ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Ignatius Press (first published 2009)
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Sep 14, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it
Very informative read. I decided to buy and read this book because I am currently attending an Apologetics seminar and in one of the lectures, I got intrigued when the speaker mentioned that Protestants were originally Catholics and that there are now many types of Protestants. So, when I read the blurb of this book, I bought and read this right away.

But it took me a long time to finish this because it was hard to understand. It is written quite simply but the theological and philosophical terms
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Schism is the great scandal of Christianity, which teaches unity but betrays itself repeatedly by splintering. However, the key differences between Catholics and Protestants (and Orthodox and others) are not theological but cultural, according to Dawson. The first professor of Catholic Studies at Harvard traces today's disorder, and secularization, to surprising sources in this remarkable survey of the past seven Christian centuries. "The Dividing of Christendom," and the companion volume "The F ...more
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Dawson: not modest about his convictions, careful, great at synthesizing, loaded with insights. Never a dull paragraph.
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Easily digestible introduction to the subject matter!
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Christopher Henry Dawson (12 October 1889, Hay Castle – 25 May 1970, Budleigh Salterton) was a British independent scholar, who wrote many books on cultural history and Christendom. Christopher H. Dawson has been called "the greatest English-speaking Catholic historian of the twentieth century".
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