Trent: What Happened at the Council by John W O’Malley

Trent: What Happened at the CouncilTrent: What Happened at the Council by John W. O’Malley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Originally published July 25th, 2013
The Council of Trent lasted 30 years. I felt like I lived every minute of it reading this book. Now, I’d like to say right off the bat that I think O’Malley did an excellent job with a very difficult subject. He’s careful to expand or give details on subjects that the reader be unfamiliar with, as well as put the Council’s pronouncements into perspective with background and current events. Quite often this put the decree of the Council in a very different light than when viewed with modern eyes. But I felt there were many places throughout the book where the writing could have been more precise. I’m not an editor, but if the function of grammar is to make sure the message comes across clearly, there were many spots where the writing in this book fell short. And I think readers should ponder the deep philosophical, religious, and spiritual questions the Council of Trent was wrangling with. Not wondering what exactly the author is talking about. The Council of Trent isn’t really an easy subject, and the difficulty of getting through this book was compounded by intermittent inarticulateness.

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