Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy

Basic Books, 2009年2月24日 - 576 頁
One of the most enduring and influential of all human institutions, the papacy has also been amongst the most controversial. No one who seeks to make sense of modern issues within Christendom—or, indeed, world history—can neglect the vital shaping role of the popes.

In Keepers of the Keys of Heaven, eminent religion scholar Roger Collins offers a masterful account of the entire arc of papal history—from the separation of the Greek and Latin churches to the contemporary controversies that threaten the unity of the one billion-strong worldwide Catholic community. A definitive and accessible guide to what is arguably the world's most vaunted office, Keepers of the Keys of Heaven is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of faith in the shaping of our world.


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KEEPERS OF THE KEYS OF HEAVEN: A History of the Papacy

用戶評語  - Kirkus

The history of a 2,000-year-old office whose holders have shaped world history, from St. Peter to Benedict XVI.Roman Catholic tradition identifies popes as the successors to Peter, who supposedly was ... 閱讀評論全文

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用戶評語  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This tells the story pretty straightforwardly, with no undue ideological bias. He is probably overly dismissive of the early Popes, being unwilling to to give the fragmentary records on them as much ... 閱讀評論全文

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關於作者 (2009)

Roger Collins is Research Fellow of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The author of numerous books and articles in the field of religious history, he lives in Edinburgh.