A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present by John W. O'Malley

By John W. O'Malley

A historical past of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this present day, the popes were key avid gamers in almost the entire nice dramas of the western global within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's attractive narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe each one pope one after the other, the ebook makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and international heritage. the writer doesn't draw back from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a finished checklist of popes and antipopes to aid readers get a whole photograph of the papacy.

This concurrently reverent but serious e-book will attract readers attracted to either faith and historical past because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal heritage, on hand via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

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3) Therefore God is in all things, and innermostly. Think of a thing as a series of concentric circles. From the outer to the inner, they are: (1) external relations to other things, (2) accidental actions, (3) accidental qualities or properties, (4) essential properties, and (5) the essence itself. For instance, there is (1) your superiority to your cat (relation), (2) your eating steak (action), (3) your being hungry (accidental quality), (4) your ability to speak (essential property), and (5) your being human, being a rational animal (your essence).

If the answer to all three questions is no, then dump it! A house without a garbage can becomes cluttered and smelly. The same is true of a life. Our lives need a “Thoreau” simplification. 11. SEEING GOD EVERYWHERE: THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN ALL THINGS Where can I find God? The answer is literally everywhere. God is in all things; not, indeed, as part of their essence, nor as an accident, but as an agent is present to that upon which it works. For an agent must be joined to that wherein it acts immediately, and touch it by its power; hence .

Take science courses. Read science books. ) Learn more about the divine creativity. Everything you learn about Him is a new reason to adore and love Him. He is amazing and wonderful, and therefore so is His creation. 18. IS GOD ALIVE? Is God alive, or is He just an idea, an ideal, an essence, a nature, a Platonic Form, a principle, a formula, something abstract? Is He more like the Idea of an alligator or more like an alligator? Is God something that would act on you and interrupt you and interfere with you and creep up on you and surprise you, like a live alligator?

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