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Popes and the Papacy: A History (The Great Courses, 6272) (Audiobook) (Repost)

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Popes and the Papacy: A History (The Great Courses, 6272) (Audiobook) (Repost)

Popes and the Papacy: A History (The Great Courses, 6272) (Audiobook) By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
2006 | 12 hours and 16 mins | ISBN: 1598031570 | MP3 96 kbps | 533 MB


The papacy is the oldest continuously functioning institution in the world. Developed c. A.D. 30 when Jesus invested his disciple Peter with the authority to create a church, the Bishops of Rome grew their organization from a small flock of persecuted worshipers to a religion that counts one-sixth of the world's population as members. Over the last 2,000 years, the papacy has had an enormous influence on the world stage in religious, geopolitical, legal, social, artistic, and cultural matters. Today, more than a billion Roman Catholics throughout the world look to the pope for guidance and leadership. Yet in spite of the papacy's enormous influence, how much do you really know about this ancient and powerful institution? These and many other questions are answered in Popes and the Papacy: A History, a course designed to illuminate for Catholics and non-Catholics alike this remarkable institution. Taught by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, a scholar and instructor who has spent more than 30 years engaged in scholarly studies of popes and the papacy, these 24 lectures give you priceless insights into the dramatic history of the papal office and the lives of the men who represented it.