Graduate professor Steven Wiedenkopf’s recent book, Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church was recently reviewed in an article on the Imaginative Conservative as being a helpful tool in gaining an overview of the complex history of the church.

Church history is an integral part of understanding the rest of history and having a well-rounded worldview. In a recent article on the importance of reading church history, Fr. Dwight Longenecker of The Imaginative Conservative described the history of the Church as “pearls on a string,” which logically connect the theological and ecclesiastical issues of the time with the political and social struggles of each time period. He suggests reading the work of Professor Weidenkopf for a foundational overview of Church history.


“A good review of church history helps ground one’s contemplation of the current conflicts in society and church,” says Fr. Longenecker. Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church “is an eminently readable textbook which delves deeply enough and points the way to further study,” he continues. Dr. Weidenkopf’s book retells the history of the Church in a fresh, easy to read way. The book covers the story of the Church since Pentecost, following the lives of fascinating heroes and villains, bringing vividly to life the history of the Church.

Professor Weidenkopf earned his MA in Theological Studies from Christendom College, where he now serves as a professor of church history. He has authored a number of books, including The Glory of the Crusades (2014), Epic: A Journey through Church History (2009) and The Early Church: An Epic Journey through Church History (2012).

You can read the Fr. Longenecker’s article here.

Contributed by Nuala Kelly (’19).

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