Catholic Church History is the story of western civilization. It is an epic drama filled with adventure, triumph, tragedy, saints and sinners. As inheritors of this great civilization we have an obligation to preserve and hand-on our heritage. To do this, we must first know it.
Recall for a moment characters with amnesia. They are rootless and disoriented, filled with anxiety, alone and stranded, everything is unfamiliar. They are burdened with having to figure out and discover the meaning of events, the identity and significance of people. The past is a blank, the future a chasm. Being unfamiliar with Church History is like suffering from amnesia. The only way to make sense of events and crisis in the world today is to understand the central role the Church has played throughout history...to our very day.
Catholic Church History is the story of our family. It is the story of our ancestors in the Faith – the heroic men and women who shaped civilization while spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Knowing this story is crucial to our identity as Catholics. It is also inspiring. You can’t help but feel a sense of familial pride as the story of the Church unfolds. You will be able to answer objections with confidence when challenged by those who misunderstand or try to discredit the Church and her role in history
Learning 2,000 years of history can be a daunting task – but with Epic’s engaging narrative style and unique memory devices, you will easily grasp this amazing story.
Epic organizes Church History into twelve easy to remember time periods clearly identifying the main events through the ages, and explaining how the Popes, Martyrs, Saints and Doctors of the Church created western civilization. Epic is simply the best program of its kind available today for parish, classroom, or home study.
Developed by university professors and historians Steve Weidenkopf and Alan Schreck, this exciting learning system brings Catholic Church history to life.
This is a vivid, thorough and engaging program. I heartily recommend it. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.,
Archbishop of Philadelphia