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History of the Christian Church

By Williston Walker
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
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Since publication of the first edition in 1918, A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker has enjoyed outstanding success and recognition as a classic in the field. Written by an eminent theologian, it combines in its narrative a rare blend of clarity, unity, and balance. In light of significant advances in scholarship in recent years, extensive revisions have been made to this fourth edition. Three scholars from Union Theological Seminary in New York have incorporated new historical discoveries and provided fresh interpretations of various periods in church history from the first century to the twentieth. The result is a thoroughly updated history which preserves the tenor and structure of Walker's original, unparalleled text.

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A History of Christianity examines the development of Christianity from its biblical foundations to modern times. While seeking to be comprehensive, historian Joseph Early Jr. centers on key events, people, theological developments, and conflicts that have shaped Christianity over its two-thousand-year history. He also presents the development of Christianity within the social, political, and economic challenges of the times. In doing so, he paints a clear, detailed, and balanced picture of the opportunities and struggles faced by the church and the contributions made by significant people, institutions, and traditions. A History of Christianity is an ideal introductory survey for undergraduate students and any reader who desires to know more about the broad scope of Christianity.

The Christian Church from the 1st to the 20th Century

By Philip, Schaff
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  • Publisher : Delmarva Publications, Inc.
  • Book Code : N.a
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  • Category : History
  • Members : 413
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Philip Schaff almost needs no introduction. He wrote one of the finest histories of the church. His work, the History of the Christian Church, has become a benchmark on the subject. In his eight volume set he covers just about every issue concerning the church from the time of the Apostles through the Reformation. He incorporates discussion of ideas and principles throughout the history of the church. In this eBook all eight volumes are present and there is also a linked table of contents for every section. We have also labeled every section and chapter so that it will be easier to navigate through the volumes. This material has been carefully compared, corrected, and amended, according to the 1910 edition of Charles Scribner's Sons. Here are the general titles of each of the volumes: Volume One THE FIRST PERIOD APOSTLIC CHRISTIANITY A.D. 1-100. Volume II SECOND PERIOD ANTE-NICENE CHRISTIANITY A.D. 100-311 (325). Volume III THIRD PERIOD THE CHURCH IN UNION WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE FROM CONSTANTINE THE GREAT TO GREGORY THE GREAT. A.D. 311-590. Volume IV MEDIAEVAL CHRISTIANITY From Gregory I to Gregory VII A.D. 590-1073 Volume V FROM GREGORY VII. TO BONIFACE VIII. A. D. 1049-1294. Volume VI FROM BONIFACE VIII. TO MARTIN LUTHER. A.D. 1294-1517. THE SIXTH PERIOD OF CHURCH HISTORY. Volume VII HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION. 1517 - 1648. Volume VIII SECOND BOOK. THE SWISS REFORMATION. THIRD BOOK. THE REFORMATION IN FRENCH SWITZERLAND, OR THE CALVINISTIC MOVEMENT.

A History of the Popes 1830-1914

By Owen Chadwick
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  • Publisher : Clarendon Press
  • Book Code : 019152056X
  • Total of Pages : 624
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 678
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Could a Pope ever consent to be the subject of a political power? Owen Chadwick presents an analysis of the causes and consequences of the end of the historic Papal State, and the psychological pressures upon old Rome as it came under attack from the Italian Risorgimento; and not only from Italy, but from liberal movements in Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal, as well as Tsarist Russia as it oppressed its Polish subjects. If a united Italy was to be achieved, the State must disappear. These pressures caused Popes to resist 'the world' rather than to try to influence it, to make the Vatican more of a sanctuary behind high walls, and to preach the more otherworldly aspects of Catholic faith. At the same time they met new moral demands: the rights of the labourer in industry, divorce, toleration, which they could confront because the Revolution had destroyed the powers of the Catholic kings over their churches, and therefore Catholic authority could be far more centralized in Rome.

Perfect Rule of the Christian Religion, The

By John Howard Smith
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 1438425198
  • Total of Pages : 246
  • Category : History
  • Members : 454
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A history of the Sandemanians, a little-known but ultimately influential Christian sect in colonial America.

A History of Russian Christianity, Vol. III

By Daniel H. Shubin
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  • Publisher : Algora Publishing
  • Book Code : 0875864260
  • Total of Pages : 236
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 878
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This volume covers the era of towering personalities and great tsars, the history of the Old Believers, the Iconoclasts, Judaizers and other small sects, and the Christian philosophies of Leo Tolstoy, then concludes with the last Tsar, Nicholas II, Rasputin and declining power of Russian Orthodoxy.

The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church

By Gerard Mannion,Lewis S. Mudge
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134190158
  • Total of Pages : 704
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 295
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The nature and story of the Christian church is immensely important to theology students and scholars alike. Written by an international team of distinguished scholars, this comprehensive book introduces students to the fundamental historical, systematic, moral and ecclesiological aspects of the study of the church, as well as serving as a resource for scholars engaging in ecclesiological debates on a wide variety of issues. It divides into six parts: the church in its historical context the different denominational traditions global perspectives methods and debates in ecclesiology key concepts and themes ecclesiology and other disciplines: social sciences, philosophy, literature and film. Authoritative, accessible and easily navigable, this book is indispensable for everyone interested in the nature and history of the Christian Church.

Parade of Faith

By Ruth A. Tucker
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  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310296951
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 236
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Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith in ebook format presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when “the saints go marching in” to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people—people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical “what if” questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.

The Christian Tradition

By Jaroslav Pelikan
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 022602864X
  • Total of Pages : 478
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 780
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This penultimate volume in Pelikan's acclaimed history of Christian doctrine—winner with Volume 3 of the Medieval Academy's prestigious Haskins Medal—encompasses the Reformation and the developments that led to it. "Only in America, and in this case from a Lutheran scholar, could we expect an examination so lacking in parti pris, a survey so perceptive, so free—and, one must say, the result of so much immense labor, so rewardingly presented."—John M. Todd, New York Times Book Review "Never wasting a word or losing a plot line, Pelikan builds on an array of sources that few in our era have the linguistic skill, genius or ambition to master."—Martin E. Marty, America "The use of both primary materials and secondary sources is impressive, and yet it is not too formidable for the intelligent layman."—William S. Barker, Eternity

The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics

By Andrew Willard Jones
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  • Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Book Code : 1645851249
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 660
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The prevailing narrative of human history, given to us as children and reinforced constantly through our culture, is the plot of progress. As the narrative goes, we progressed from tyranny to freedom, from superstition to science, from poverty to wealth, from darkness to enlightenment. This is modernity’s origin myth. Out of it, a consensus has emerged: part of human progress is the overcoming of religion, in particular Christianity, and that the world itself is fundamentally secular. In The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics, Andrew Willard Jones rewrites the political history of the West with a new plot, a plot in which Christianity is true, in which human history is Church history. The Two Cities moves through the rise and fall of empires; cycles of corruption and reform; the rise and fall of Christendom; the emergence of new political forms, such as the modern state, and new political ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism; through the horrible destruction of modern warfare; and on to the plight of contemporary Christians. These movements of history are all considered in light of their orientation toward or away from God. The Two Cities advances a theory of Christian politics that is both an explanation of secular politics and a proposal for Christians seeking to navigate today’s most urgent political questions.