The Church of the Revolutionary Age: A Fight for God, Volume 2


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By Henri Daniel-Rops

The Church of the Revolutionary Age: A Fight for God is the ninth install­ment in Henri Daniel-Rops’ outstanding History of the Church of Christ. This volume surveys (1) the crisis of Modernism, “the crossroad of all heresies”; (2) the outbreak of the Great War and Pope Benedict XV’s fight against the flames which laid unprecedented spiritual and material waste; (3) the continued success of Catholic social teaching and the rise of Catholic Action in the years after World War I, crowned by Pius XI’s Quadragesimo anno; (4) the papacy of Pius XI, “defensor fidei et hominis,” who rose to the unique and terrible challenge of confronting Communism, Facism, and Nazism; (5) the Church’s missionary work in the Americas, the East, and Africa, with portraits of the exemplary Damien of Molokai and Charles de Foucauld; and (6) the story of a soul, Thérèse of Lisieux, le petit modèle for the soldiers of Christ to fight the good fight. 

Would the world, by changing its foundations, get rid of God? (Henri Daniel-Rops)

A singularly unhappy age, alight with the blaze of revolution and war, the years 1870 to 1939 witnessed wave after wave of assault upon Christ and his Church. Lavish in detail, vigorous in analysis, and dramatic in telling, Daniel-Rops’ The Church of the Revolutionary Age: A Fight for God is proof positive of Christ’s promise that the Church is built firmly upon rock, and the powers of death and gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


Henri Daniel-Rops (1901–1965), the nom de plume of Henri Petiot, was a French Catholic historian. His bibliography comprises seventy books—written over a span of just thirty years—and includes Sacred History, Jesus and His Times, and the monumental, ten-volume History of the Church of Christ. He also served as editor for the Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism, which consisted of one hundred and fifty volumes. Phenomenally successful in his own time, Daniel-Rops made religious history accessible and popular; in 1955, he was elected to the Académie française and in 1956 he received the Order of St. Gregory from Pope Pius XII.

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Paperback: 312pp.

ISBN: 978-1685953195