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In "Counter-Reformation" by Adolphus Ward, the author presents a comprehensive overview of the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Ward skillfully traces the roots of the Counter-Reformation, highlighting key figures and events that shaped this tumultuous period in Church history.

One of the strengths of Ward's book is his balanced approach to the topic. Rather than presenting a one-sided view, he carefully examines both the successes and failures of the Counter-Reformation, shedding light on the complexities of this historical movement. Additionally, Ward's writing is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to follow along with the narrative.

Overall, "Counter-Reformation" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about this pivotal moment in religious history. Ward's meticulous research and thoughtful analysis make this book a must-read for scholars and laypeople alike.

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The Counter-Reformation, also called the Catholic Reformation, and remembered for its infamous Inquisition, was the period of Catholic resurgence which was initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation. Adolphus Ward writes, that it was "a movement pursuing two objects...the regeneration of the Church of Rome, and the recovery of the losses inflicted upon her by the early successes of Protestantism...The onset of the combat is marked by the formal establishment of the Jesuit Order as a militant agency devoted alike to both of the purposes of the Counter-Reformation, and the meeting of the Council of Trent [1545-1563] under conditions excluding from its programme the task of conciliation." It largely ended in 1648, when the Peace of Westphalia brought an end to the Thirty Years' War.

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