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  • Christopher Bellitto

    The relationship between church and state is a powerful thread stitching the medieval era to modern history. Through this captivating course on Charlemagne, you can follow it back to its fascinating inception in the Holy Roman Empire. Join one of the world's leading Church historians, Professor Christopher Bellitto, in this journey. You will begin this series by unpacking the long history of theocracy outside of Christianity before moving into the often fraught relationship between pope and prince. You'll gain historical context by first exploring the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine and then trace how Christianity converted Europe in the early Middle Ages. Next, you'll turn to...read more

  • Christopher Bellitto

    Who was Alexander the Great? Was he a brilliant, ambitious conqueror or a self-obsessed leader who put his men in harm's way? A divine figure or a god in his own mind? In this audio course, join acclaimed historian Christopher Bellitto to explore this famously complex figure Alexander the Great (ca. 356-323 BCE) was a Macedonian general who brought Greek civilization to the edge of modern-day India. After studying the Iliad, he believed himself to be Achilles reincarnated, imitating the hero of the epic poem in his own military campaigns. Even before he died barely into his thirties, the legends surrounding him were larger than life. In this compelling new audio course, you'll explore the...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Join award-winning historian Christopher Bellitto on this gripping journey through centuries of Greek history. Ancient Greece was one of the most fertile civilizations in history, and its influence on Western philosophy, theology, and civilization is undeniable. Now, you can discover the fascinating legacy of ancient Greece through entertaining and enlightening lectures. With Prof. Bellitto, you will gain a deeper understanding of what made ancient Greece so unique: its polis and democracy, its great battles and personalities, its soaring artistic and literary achievements. You'll also explore dark corners of this civilization, such as its treatment of women and slaves. You will travel...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Examine the profound impact of the Crusades with acclaimed Church historian and bestselling author Christopher Bellitto.   Few events have affected the course of civilization as profoundly as the Crusades, a centuries-long period of violent conflict and competition between Islam and Christianity. The Crusades brought destruction and violence to the third monotheistic faith of Judaism as well. Resurfacing frequently in present-day political conversations about clashes between faiths and cultures, the troubling legacy of the Crusades is undeniable.   In this masterful audio course from award-winning professor Christopher Bellitto, you’ll examine the five major...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    The election of a pope doesn't happen often, but when it does, the whole world-believers and non-believers-stops to watch. The first question is: what happens now? The answer is surprisingly straightforward: there is a system in place that is followed step by step. But then the questions tumble one after the other: Why do the cardinals have the exclusive right to pick the popes? How did the "bad" Renaissance Medicis get chosen? What were the longest and shortest conclaves? If everything is supposed to be so secretive, how do we know so much about past conclaves-or is this just rumor and gossip, propaganda and punditry? Can a pope be deposed? Have any resigned or been assassinated? What if...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Take an unforgettable journey through the entire span of the Catholic Church's existence. In this essential course, The History of the Catholic Church: Tradition and Innovation, acclaimed historian and award-winning professor Dr. Christopher Bellitto (Ph. D. , Fordham University) breathes new life into two millennia of history. The chronicle of Catholicism can seem daunting: full of names, dates, places, and phrases. Getting ahold of such a rich and diverse history requires guidance and a skillful approach. In this brilliant survey course, you'll explore traditions of belief and innovate ways to describe, share, and live that faith. With Dr. Bellitto as your guide, you'll look at the...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Why are we so fascinated by the reformations? The very word "reformation" is shrouded in conflict, bringing to mind new beginnings, partisan church politics, and the dawn of a modern world vision. Indeed, when you hear it, you probably think of a single event-Martin Luther posting The Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. The truth, however, is much more nuanced-and interesting-than that. Join award-winning historian, Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, in The Protestant and Catholic Reformations, a fascinating journey through Church history. Through 12 audio lectures, you will uncover multiple Protestant and Catholic reformations before and after Luther...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Take a fascinating journey through the history of Church renewal and reform with celebrated historian Christopher M. Bellitto. From the age of the apostles to Vatican II, the Catholic Church has evolved and invigorated itself. At first glance, the words “reform” and “renewal” in this context might bring to mind Vatican II and the idea of aggiornamento—“updating.” But the history of reform is nearly as old as the Church itself. In this riveting, 18-lecture audio course, you will discover how the Church has revitalized itself while remaining rooted in unchanging truths throughout the millennia. Thoughtful Christians will explore the importance of...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    John Paul II was truly a pope for the ages. Join celebrated Church historian Christopher M. Bellitto  as you embark on a fascinating journey through Saint John Paul II's life and legacy. John Paul II: How to Understand His Life, Faith and Legacy takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at the pope's life, powerful writings, and ideas of faith, both specifically for Roman Catholicism and the world at large. The first non-Italian pope in hundreds of years, John Paul II was also the first truly global pope, capturing the hearts of the faithful worldwide during his long reign. In these 6 masterful audio lectures, you will focus on the most powerful and enduring themes of John Paul II's papacy....read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Ignite your sense of wonder by exploring medieval history with world-renowned historian Professor Christopher M. Bellitto. Throughout history, humans have created images to understand their relationships with other Christians, the wider world, and God. For medieval men and women, those images came from Christendom. Christianity was the air they breathed: Christian ideas, devotions, and beliefs shaped their perspectives and mindsets.  With this course, Prof. Bellitto unearths this fascinating worldview for you today, transporting you to the world of the men and women who came before us. You’ll explore history and legends, heroes and threats, triumphs and disasters,...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    Heralded is one the world's most compelling Church historians, Chris Bellitto transports you into the heart of a strange and wonderful world-the world of medieval Europe. Explore some of the most powerful theological ideas, economic tensions, and political struggles that shaped Western civilization. This series traces western European civilization-with detours to the East-from the transformation of the Roman Empire to a thousand-year medieval period that started slowly before 1000, flowered for 300 years, and then declined sharply with the Black Death and social revolts until Constantinople fell in 1453 and Columbus sailed in 1492. Explore Charlemagne's renaissance, agricultural and...read more

  • Christopher M. Bellitto

    No civilization is so intertwined with the history of Christianity, and the greater Western world, as Rome. Now, you are invited to explore ancient Rome's legacy with award-winning professor and prolific author Christopher M. Bellitto. In this fascinating audio course on the Roman monarchy, republic, and empire, you will explore the essentials of Roman civilization: the creation of a city at the center of world history, its political legacy, its architectural and cultural achievements, its treatment of women and slaves, and its tragic flaws. You will begin by placing ancient Rome in world history by looking at its origins and contexts in terms of geography and chronology. You will then...read more