Jesuits by Jean Lacouture
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By Jean Lacouture


A Multibiography

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Jesuits by Jean Lacouture

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Jesuits traces the growth of the Society of Jesus into Christendoms most powerful order. This multibiography is history with a human face, a story of remarkable individuals who flourished and struggled through changing times into the modern age. In this magisterial account, Jean Lacouture portrays the sweep of five hundred years of world history, from the dungeons of the Vatican to the jungles of South America to the royal courts of Europe and Asia. Jesuits: A Multibiography is history with a human face, the fascinating tales of men of the spirit who participated in the actions and passions of the modern world, a world bursting its seams. Be all things to all men, said the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, to his followers. Go and set the world ablaze! The often picaresque story takes us to the Paris of Rabelais, where Ignatius, with a handful of his fellow students, formed what would become the Society of Jesus. We follow Francis Xavier to Japan and Matteo Ricci to China. We watch as the Society grows into Christendom's most powerful order, and as the Black Legend of a calculating, Machiavellian Jesuitry leads to its abolition in 1773 (it was restored forty years later). We see the great characters of history and culturePascal, Voltaire, Frederick the Great, Catherine the Greatplay their parts. One of Jean Lacouture's most poignant portraits is of the twentieth century's most famous and beloved Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a scientist-priest whose humanistic conclusions put him at odds with the Church. Lacouture's wide-ranging narrative illuminates Pope John XXIII's reforms and the Jesuit-inspired liberation theology movements in Central and South America. With the papacy of John Paul II, a riveting drama unfolds as the Jesuits are brought under new constraints.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781887178600
ISBN-10: 1887178600
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 146mm x 35mm)
Pages: 582
Imprint: Counterpoint
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publish Date: 10-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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