Our knowledge of the Catholic faith is immeasurably broadened and deepened by studying twenty centuries of Catholic experience. This book surveys the Church’s past from Abelard to Zwingli, introducing the reader to hundreds of fascinating people, places, events, ideas, institutions, and movements that have made their mark on our spiritual heritage and shaped the Church as we know it today. A Servant Book. About the author: Dr. Alan Schreck is a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in Catholic doctrine, church history, and the teachings of Vatican II. He is the author of several books, including Catholic and Christian; The Compact History of the Catholic Church; The Essential Catholic Catechism; and Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise. He and his wife, Nancy, have five children and reside in Steubenville, Ohio.