The Battle For The Faith: North America 1700-1900 (2008 Deep In History Conference Talks)


The story of the Catholic Faith on American soil has been told many times in academic tomes but here the speakers make that rich knowledge accessible to a wider audience of Christian believers. Yet, the Catholic story in the United States cannot be understood apart from the growth of Protestant churches, for Protestantism was always the backdrop for how the Catholic Church and its members lived out their faith in America. One inherent problem, the lack of Christian unity, was addressed many times in Protestant circles. As some Protestants formed local churches designed for greater unity, they were repeatedly thwarted because their concept of unity differed significantly from the Catholic ideal.


  • “Catholics in Post-Revolutionary America” – Marcus Grodi
  • “Reconstructionism: A Look at Non-Catholic Traditions” – Fr. Ray Ryland
  • “The Roots of Fundamentalism” – Dr. Richard Chacon
  • “A Plea for Unity: The Stone-Campbell Movement” – Bruce Sullivan
  • “Bardstown: the Catholic Faith West of the Alleghenies” – Msgr. Frank Lane
  • “Viva Cristo Rey: Catholic Persecution in Mexico” – Patrick Madrid
  • “The Road From Topeka to Rome: How the Pentecostal Movement Has Brought Millions Closer to the Catholic Faith” – Dr. Paul Thigpen
  • “The Barren Harvest of Denominationalism” – Sr. Rosalind Moss
  • “Fr. John Thayer: An American Conversion” – Marcus Grodi
  • “Benedict XVI’s Battle For History” – Dr. Kenneth Howell
  • Panel Discussion (available in CD format only)
  • Homilies (available in DVD and CD format only)


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