• The Modern Scholar: Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy from Peter to John Paul II

  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-22-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this compelling series of lectures, widely esteemed author and professor Thomas F. Madden illustrates how the papacy, the world's oldest institution, gave birth to the West.Since Jesus Christ instructed the foremost of his Apostles, Peter, that he would be the rock upon which Christ would build his church, the papacy has survived the rise and fall of empires while continuing to assert an undeniable influence on world events. The men who have served as pope are a fascinating collection of larger-than-life personages who have touched millions of lives, changed the course of history, and even launched crusades that have altered the balance of global politics.With a learned approach and incisive analysis, Professor Madden not only provides a history of the papacy, but sheds light on the personalities of the popes and the flavor of their pontificates. At the same time, Madden demonstrates how the papacy has survived the tumultuous cauldron of history and offers a studied commentary on the future of this resilient institution.
©2006 Thomas F. Madden; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Chi-Hung on 02-07-10

A synthesis

If one has all his other lectures on the Catholic Church, one can skip this one, because it would sound awfully repetitive. On the other hand, this lecture does make a good synthesis of his other lectures on church history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 05-25-13

An amazing history

I'm not Catholic, but this history is fascinating. As the professor says, the Papacy has lasted about 2000 years, and is the oldest human institution in the world. When you consider the different societies in which it has functioned, from the ancient Roman Empire, through feudal Europe and into the modern secular world, to see how it has responded to all these changes and challenges is interesting. I was especially interested in what he had to say about Pius XII's conduct during the Second World War, as I had heard more negative assessments. Given only 8 hours, the professor could not cover every topic of interest in depth. But, like a good meal, it left me wanting more, and I'll certainly do more reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 10-22-13

Steady as a Rock

What did you like most about The Modern Scholar?

It was terrific to hear a scholarly account of the papacy told with conviction. So much of the published word is anti catholic and many are so indoctrinated to believe in the falsehoods promulgated by less learned men and the popular media of the times.
The Barque of Peter is surely able to survive the roughest seas past, present and future and it seems the great heresies continue along with the misguidance of those who do not seek the truth.

Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Always a good speaker even to us less academic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. Too much to take in and considr.

Any additional comments?

Listen to the truth.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. L. Surtees on 02-23-16

Fascinating and full of information

clear, honest, helpful and unpatronising. This audio book answered so many questions relating to very humen men in a divine office.

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