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Jesuits: A Multibiography [Paperback]

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Pages   564
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.34" Height: 1.37"
Weight:   1.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Counterpoint
ISBN  1887178600  
EAN  9781887178600  


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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 culture-Pascal, Voltaire, Frederick the Great, Catherine the Great-play 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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Labor of love...to read  May 8, 2006
All right, I'll be honest: By the time I had read page 6 of this book I stopped dead in my tracts, looked at the cover of the book and to see just who wrote this. Jean Lacounture. A Frenchman. A graciously condescending Voltairian-liberal Frenchman, not only in matters of religion but of/to non-French Voltairian-liberals.

Okay, I thought. Guess I have to make allowances.

So I kept reading.

By page 61 I was THIS close to chucking the whole thing in the waste basket. Its not the subject, but M. Lacouture's style of writing. "Flippant" is perhaps the best word to describe it. "Ramblings" might be another.

Now I'm not saying that this subject should be solumnly handled with kid gloves. But, for pete sakes...
What do I mean? The author muses to himself. He adds numerous little asides and footnotes, some factual and many opinions, complete with a healthy sprinkling of exclaimation points and question marks. He merrily changes names in mid-chapter, even in mid-paragraph, i.e. in his later years in China missionary Jesuit Matteo Ricci became known to the Chinese by the name of Li Mateou. The author merrily referes to the man as either "Ricci" or "Mateou" apparently whenever he feels like it. Thus leaving the reader thinking: "Who was that again?"

Anyway, my advise? "Forget it."

Given this writer's style, this book is a labor of love (of the subject) to read if there ever was one.

(And yes, I did read the whole book. Akin to eating a bowl of cold oatmeal.)
 
A must reading for all of us who work with Jesuits  Oct 4, 2005
The book is written in a novel format with each chapter being a true story of Jesuits who represent the times. The author is very objective and while he praises the Jesuits throughout history, he also points out their flaws. The historical accounts and the social context of each puts a real face on the Society of Jesus. The reader comes to identify with and understands better why these men were both loved and feared, how they took courageous stands, yet backed down when they should have stood strong. It is a social history as well as a political history of the Church as well as the Jesuits.
 
Mr. Big & Big Misunderstandings  Aug 22, 2005
The review by "Mr. Big," which for some reason appears twice, is so riddled with inaccuracies and errors that it is unworthy of this site.com. The references to the Jesuits as "popes" is sickening. The one thing that Jesuits have never been is "popes." Lacouture's book is obviously too big for "Mr. Big."

Fortunately, the other reviews are more reflective of the book and of Jesuit history.
 
Jesuits: A Multibiography  Jun 6, 2002
The Jesuits were members of the roman catholic church also known as the society of Jesus. It was found by Saint Iganatious, who was a very well educated pope in 1540 A.D. St. Iganatious had friends who also jooined the Jesuits. One of his friends was Francis Xavier. He was also a very well educated and talented man. He helped St. Iganatious run the group and he was one of the people who were on the hall of fame for the Jesuits. Jesuits are known throughout the world. People in the world join the Jesuits because the group was a very religious order of men and it helped people all over countries. Jesuits were also very famous for their excellence in their missions and the vows which were very reasonable. Jesuits' missions were fantastic because the missioinaries help out people who are in need and they give blessings to the poor and the weak. They try to live their lives just as Jesus did.

The most heretic leader or pope to me was propbably Francis Xavier. I admire his work in the group and in his missions. He was probably the best missionary the Jesuits had. He helped out everyone and was a fine leader. He was admired by his followers, leaders and people who were helped by him. Xavier set a great example to all of the members and people who were younger to him. Xavier was known as the father of the his people. Xavier made up the vows which every Jesuits would take. These vows helped the leaders of the Jesuits make certain that the members would be very faithful to them. The vows were very strict, but it helped the members a lot.

My favorite part in this book was when the book talked about the missions. The missions were one of the best things that the Jesuits did. They traveled on carvans, boats, or on foot. Being a missionary was really tough. The members would have to be trained hard for 10 to 15 years.The members needed great experience to travel out of their homes and spread the words. First, they would have to know the bible and the stories really well. This way the members would be able to answer hard questions which are asked by unbelievers. Next, the missionaries would have to go travel to differnet places for a while because they didn't want people toget home sick. Finally they would have to test the members every thing.

 
Jesuits: A Multibiography  Jun 6, 2002
The Jesuits were members of the roman catholic church also known as the society of Jesus. It was found by Saint Iganatious, who was a very well educated pope in 1540 A.D. St. Iganatious had friends who also jooined the Jesuits. One of his friends was Francis Xavier. He was also a very well educated and talented man. He helped St. Iganatious run the group and he was one of the people who were on the hall of fame for the Jesuits. Jesuits are known throughout the world. People in the world join the Jesuits because the group was a very religious order of men and it helped people all over countries. Jesuits were also very famous for their excellence in their missions and the vows which were very reasonable. Jesuits' missions were fantastic because the missioinaries help out people who are in need and they give blessings to the poor and the weak. They try to live their lives just as Jesus did.

The most heretic leader or pope to me was propbably Francis Xavier. I admire his work in the group and in his missions. He was probably the best missionary the Jesuits had. He helped out everyone and was a fine leader. He was admired by his followers, leaders and people who were helped by him. Xavier set a great example to all of the members and people who were younger to him. Xavier was known as the father of the his people. Xavier made up the vows which every Jesuits would take. These vows helped the leaders of the Jesuits make certain that the members would be very faithful to them. The vows were very strict, but it helped the members a lot.

My favorite part in this book was when the book talked about the missions. The missions were one of the best things that the Jesuits did. They traveled on carvans, boats, or on foot. Being a missionary was really tough. The members would have to be trained hard for 10 to 15 years.The members needed great experience to travel out of their homes and spread the words. First, they would have to know the bible and the stories really well. This way the members would be able to answer hard questions which are asked by unbelievers. Next, the missionaries would have to go travel to differnet places for a while because they didn't want people toget home sick. Finally they would have to test the members every thing.

 

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