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The Fire of Liberty

By Wright, Esmond

The editor, Esmond Wright, has here compiled and edited texts from 1774 to 1783, documenting the beginnings of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and printed, with excellent binding, this book provides a good glimpse into the actual statements and corrrespondence of the time. in the interests of historical accuracy, all source material has been reprinted in its original form. Spelling and punctuation, therefore, vary considerably, from passage to passage.

$39.95

Catholic Watershed

By Cahill, Michael P.

This book is about the Chicago ordination class of 1969 and how they helped changed the Church. The author interviewed six members of this class (Michael Ahlstrom, Larry Duris, Bob Heidenreich, Tom Libera, Ed Upton, and Bill Zavaski), personally. Each subject explained his background in the seminary and his pastoral work, in local parishes. In the ordination class, there were originally 35 men; after several deaths and occupational shifts, there remain nineteen who are still officially listed as active. The six interviewed, with perhaps another four or five, have maintained long-term relationships with each other up to the present day. They have shared memories and ongoing reflections, represented in this book. These six men, each in his own way, did his best to implement the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, as each understood that teaching. This book abounds in tales of personal experiences. By reading these tales, you can get a penetrating glimpse into the changing Church, in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of considerable conflict and growth. The author, Michael P. Cahill, has a Ph.D. in history, from the University of Chicago. He has taught church history at Mundelein Seminary for many years. He has also served as chair of the Pastoral Council of the Chicago Archdiocese. He belongs to Our Lady of Mery Parish in the city of Chicago.

$24.95

The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship
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The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship

By Bradsahw, Paul

This book examines critically the sources for Christian liturgical practice in the first three centuries.  The author evaluates how such practice should be interpreted, in order to avoid projecting contemporary concerns on ancient ritual.  This new edition of the work incorporates more recent research, including an updated bibliography.  New chapters study ministry, ordination, and fourth century developments.

$28.00

Revolutionary Medicine

By Abrams, Jeanne E

Revolutionary Medicine is a "must-read" for anyone interested in the birth of America.  Upon closing Jeanne E. Abram's wonderful book about the illnesses and health experiences of the nation's founders, you will never be able to look in the same way again at Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and their peers.  --Howard Markel, author of An Anatomy of Addiction As America enters a new era of health care, this timely volume recalls what medicine was like in the days of the Founding Fathers.  Everything from Washington's dental woes to Jefferson's troublesome headaches finds its way into theis lively and well-researched book. In recounting battles over vaccinations, herbal remedies, the efficacy of blood-letting, and the appropriate role for government intervention in medical issues, Revolutionary Medicine reminds us that debates over health care are nothing new in America.  They go back to our founders.  --Jonathan D. Sarna, professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University Contemporary debates over medical research budgets and guaranteeing health care for all Americans echo conversations that began at the dawn of our national history.  Abram's fine volume is a tonic for the frequent neglect of health and disease in so many histories of the early republic.  -Alan M. Kraut, University Professor, American University

$35.00

Ethiopian Orthodox Church

By Bonk, Jon

This book is an extensive bibliography, with 570 entries, of publications on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. All books and articles listed are in English. Most entries have been annotated and arranged alphabetically by author, under five general classifications: General Works; History and Development; Teaching and Practice; Literature and Scriptures; and Organization and Government. Each annotation summarizes the content of the book or article; where necessary, there is also an evaluation of the accuracy or quality of the work. A number of books and articles have been listed but not annotated, sometimes because the title is sufficiently explanatory, sometimes because the author could not make a firsthand examination. Most entries, however, are annotated, thanks to the excellent resources of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa, the Library of Congress in Washington, the New York Public Library, and the Oriental Institute Library in Chicago. A one-page introduction states that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church traces its origins to the early fourth century. In that century, two young Syrians, Frumentius and Aedesius, who were captured by the Red Sea (due to piracy or shipwreck). They were taken inland to Axum, the ancient capital of Ethiopia. There, they became servants to the Emperor Ezana. After he became Christian, he gave them their freedom. It seems that Aedesius returned to Syria and became a priest in the Church of Tyre. There, he told this story to Rufinus, the historian. Frumentius travelled to Alexandria, to meet Athanasius, patriarch of the Church of Egypt. About 340, Athanasius ordained Frumentius bishop of Ethiopia. For the next 1600 years, until 1959, the Coptic Church had authority over the Church of Ethiopia. Only in that year did the Ethiopian Orthodox Church achieve complete autonomy. After the Council of Chalcedon in 451, both Churches became separated from both Rome and Constantinople.

$39.95

Normandy Crucible
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Normandy Crucible

By Prados, John

The title notwithstanding, this book really covers the battle for France, from the invasion preparations to the closing of the Falaise gap and the occupation of Paris. The opening chapter well describes the pre-invasion situation, from both the Allied and the German perspective. The general narrative is clear and effective, well written. The concluding chapter reviews the entire struggle and considers various alternative resolutions. Normandy Crucible concludes with a simulation in the appendix, an extensive set of footnotes, and a bibliography. The author, John Prados, has written many books on World War II. He is familiar with much of the relevant literature and knows how to present his own opinions carefully and clearly. The book is a good read.

$25.95

Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven

By Ranke-Heinemann, Uta

In this bestseller, the author traces the history of ethics in the West, with regard to sexual morality, including, for example, contraception, homosexuality, and extramarital relations.  The author details specific Church teachings, doctrines, and practices related to sexual moraltiy.  Beginning with non-Christian traditions, this erudite study deals with the earliest evidence, including the New Testament; she also studies in extensive detail the teachings of St. Augustine and other Church fathers.  She also considers the evolution of clerical celibacy, the influence of monasticism, the imposition of monastic norms on lay people, the early penitentials, and especially Scholasticism, including Abelard and Aquinas.  The authors, too, how the Church was influenced by more recent movements, such as Lutheranism and Jansenism.  On the one hand, much of the study has a polemical cast; the author clearly has an axe to grind.  She points out how much the Western tradition is misogynist and pessimistic with regard to sexuality.  Although much of her focus is on monks and clergy, the attitudes and values she narrates are actually a reflection of the broader society.  Ultimately, one would have to go back more extensively to Stoicism and Manicheanism (as understood in the West) to see the origins of the problematic attitudes she describes.  (She does some of this necessary work in the very first chapter.)  Consequently, her anti-clerical reflections should more accurately be revised, so that they would be understood not as an imposition of false teachings but moreso an expression of already existing cultural norms.  On the other hand, Ranke-Heinemann displays in this study much serious scholarship.  She brings to the fore much data that is not well represented in other works on her chosen topics.  Moreover, many rational explanations of sexual values are actually rooted in the cultural contexts that she so thoroughly analyzes.  In fact, as the author shows, early Christianity was more influenced by pagan sexual value systems than by the Jewish heritage from which Christianity first sprung.  To understand the history of several of the important topics studied, any serious thinker has to take this work into account. Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza, of Harvard Divinity School, has said that this book is "must reading for anyone conerned with public policy."  She says that the author's arguments are "often witty but carefully researched." The author holds a PhD in Catholic theology.  Since late 1987, she held the chair of History of Religion at the University of Essen.     

$29.95

Re-Envisioning Past Musical Cultures: Ethnomusicology in the Study of Gregorian Chant
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Re-Envisioning Past Musical Cultures: Ethnomusicology in the Study of Gregorian Chant

By Jeffery, Peter

The author, Professor Peter Jeffery, taught at Princeton for many years; he was recently accepted on the faculty of Notre Dame.  He is considered a first-rate scholar, especially on the history of Gregorian Chant.  In this book, he ofers an innovative approach, to help us understand how chant melodies were created and performed.  He identifies elements of chant that resemble otheroral traditions in non-Western cultures.  He also shows how music historians can take into account various contexts of development, namely social, cultural, and anthropological influences.  This 1995 paperback edition is a reprint of the 1992 edition, which was well received by scholars in the field. 

$39.95

The Complete Tutankhamun

By Reeves, Nicholas

With 519 illustrations, 59 in color, this book is a joy to read. This is the fullest account ever published of one of the world's greatest archeological discoveries.

$19.95

Civilization of Ancient Egypt
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Civilization of Ancient Egypt

By Johnson, Paul

A leading historian and bestselling author herein re-creates 3,000 years of Egyptian civilization.  The auhoritative text is spendidly set off with 150 full color illustrations.

$19.95

The Science Times Book of Archeology
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The Science Times Book of Archeology

By Wade, Nicholas (editor)

This is the best science reporting from the acclaimed weekly section of the New York Times.  Archeologists' discoveries often answer important questions about human origins and human history.  Many patiently and methodically dig in the dirt, turning over rocks, seeking answers, while others use high-tech equipment to explore underwater realms.  Whatever the method, however, the purpose is the same:  to answer the questions that will add depth to our knowledge of times past. Travel back, through the New York Times and piece together history with John Noble Wilford, Marlise Fowler, William J. Broad, and other award-winning writers.  Trail the footprints of the earliest modern human to the beginning of human history.  Unearth the 5,300-year-old, perfectly preserved Iceman, from an Alpine glacier.  Follow the long debate of American Indian migration.  Visit the ancient sites of Titris, Hoyuk, Pompeii, and Petra.  Stand in awe with French explorers before magnificent, 30,000 year old cave paintings. 

$29.95

From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist
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From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist

By Foley, Edward

In this book, the author details the history of the Christian Eucharist, the Mass, from its beginnings in Jewish liturgy to the present. Father Foley, OFM, Cap., does not deal just with the texts of the Mass; he also provides extensive commentary on architecture, music, and sacred vessels. This book is profusely illustrated with drawings, maps, music, and photographs. The book concludes with an extensive glossary, a chapter-by-chapter bibliography, and a 19-page index. Such documentation bears witness to the Father Foley's scholarship and reliability. The author holds a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, from the early 1970s. His work, as you would expect, is well researched and theologically oriented. Father Foley also has done graduate work in music and so is especially sensitive to this dimension of Christian celebration. He is currently professor of liturgy and music at the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago.

$18.00

St. Joseph Church History

By Lovasik, Lawrence

This is a compact overview of the history of the Catholic Church. The work is somewhat biased, inasmuch as the author does not honestly recount errors of Church leadership, such as those of Cardinal Humbert in 1054 (p. 79)or the suppression of Father Ricci's inculturation of Chinese customs (p. 136). Contrary to the author's perspective, it would be more accurate not to speak of a schism between East and West in 1054; the excommunication by Cardinal Humbert had no force, since the Pope who sent him was dead at the time. The description of Eucharistic piety in the Middle Ages (p. 103 ff.) is also deficient, inasmuch as most people went to Communion rarely, lost an understanding of the Mass as common prayer, and did not understand what was going on. Also, Copts are not Monophysites; Assyrians should not be described as Nestorians. These are pejorative terms not used today by the Roman Catholic Church. Otherwise, this is a practical and useful handbook. The book is clearly and simply written, supplemented with illustrations and tables. It's easy to read and simple to understand. To cover 2000 years of history in 192 pages is an accomplishment. Each chapter is preceded by a preview, a summary of what follows. The text is relatively up to date, including the last years of the 20th century, up to Pope John Paul II. There is also an optimistic appendix on the Church in the United States.

$15.95

Mexican-American Catholics
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Mexican-American Catholics

By Fernandez, S.J., Eduardo C.

The author, a Jesuit priest, considers the history of Christianity in Mexico, the life situation of Mexicans in the U.S., and pastoral strategies to help Mexican-Americans in becoming more active members of the Catholic Church. The author teaches pastoral theology and missiology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. A native of El Paso, Texas, he earned a doctorate in theology at the Pontificial Gregorian University in Rome, in 1995. He is past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).

$18.95

Spiritual Leadership:  The Quest for Integrity
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Spiritual Leadership: The Quest for Integrity

By Doohan, Leonard

The author presents leadership as a call motivated by faith and love. He was a professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, for thirty years. He was also dean of the graduate school for thirteen years. Dr. Doohan is the author of fifteen books and many articles; he has given workshops internationally. He also organizes local and regional conferences on leadership in business, healthcare, non-profit organizations, and ministry.

$18.95

We Americans

By Allen, Thomas B.

Massive, oversize, 456-page book, with 659 illustrations, including 459 photographs. Images from the whole of American history, from the beginning.

$30.00

Cities of Destiny

By Toynbee, Arnold

Massive, oversize volume of 376 pages, with smyth-sewn binding. 542 illustrations, 157 in color. After Toynbee's introduction, twenty cities are featured, with photos, images, maps, charts, and much commentary. This book is a magnificent history of the city and a stunning tour of the major centers of humanity throughout the world. Although the dust jacket is ripped, the book itself looks as good as new.

$50.00

The Times Illustrated History of the World

By Parker, Geoffrey

Third revised edition. Massive, oversize, 310 page volume. Lavishly illustrated in full color. Never before has the history of the world been so vividly and arrestingly presented. From the origins of humanity two million years ago to the collapse of the Soviet Union and beyond, The Times Illustrated History of the World charts the full sweep of the human story. Its 26 chapters use clear text, powerful illustrations, and dynamic maps to cover the world of the stone age hunters, the first farmers, the earliest empires, the great civilizations of the ancient world, the expansion of medieval Europe, the age of revolutions, the coming of industrialization, the world wars, and the complex forces emerging from the end of the Cold War. Anyone seeking to understand the world today will find this an essential work of reference and an enthralling story.

$30.00

Arts of Russia; History of Russia, two volumes in one slipcase
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Arts of Russia; History of Russia, two volumes in one slipcase

By Buehr, Wendy; Grey, Ian; Froncek, Thomas

Two massive volumes, beautifully illustrated, of the arts and history of Russia. Their age notwithstanding, these two oversize books, bound in black, are in mint condition. The pages are unblemished; the images are bright and clear, without fading.

$95.00

Secret History, The

By Procopius

A polemical work of a sixth-century historian, Procopius, against the Emperor Justinian, his wife, Theodora, and his leading General, Belisarius. What a diatribe! The Secret History may have been written around the year 550 A.D. The two earliest known manuscripts date from the fourteenth century. This is a collector's edition, with fine printing and binding. Check out the front cover, with mosaic-like print, reminiscent of Byzantine art.

$45.00

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