Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church

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Zondervan, 1996 - Religion - 560 pages
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The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. - New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5) - New photos. Over 100 photos in all -- more than twice the number in the previous edition - Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look - Improved maps (21) and charts (39) Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to "the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity."
  

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A good, well printed book with a strong binding, it surely gives the impression it will last a few generations. I've partaken in many denominations and churches, and I have come to understand that ... Read full review

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An excellent overview of Church History. Very fluid, easy to read and informative. Cairns doesn't bog you down with details but writes in a way that gives you an excellent summary of special events and a good intorduction to key people in the history of God's church. Read full review

Contents

John Calvin with four syndics 305
13
Charts Maps Pictures and Credits
14
Preface
15
Introduction
17
B C A D 590
25
Pauls Missionary Journeys and Trip to Rome 65
26
Chronology of Church History
28
Early and Medieval Monasticism 223
32
MODERN CHURCH HISTORY 1517 AND AFTER
265
Reformation and CounterReformation 15171648
267
Birth of the Modern Era 13501650
273
Luther and the German Reformation
280
The Reformation in Switzerland
293
The Radical Reformation 15251580
296
The Reformed Faith Outside Switzerland
308
Massacre of Huguenots at Tours
310

The Spread of Christianity in the Empire to 100
39
Mithras sacrificing a bull
41
On This Rock
49
Christs meeting with the woman at the well
50
Views of the End Times
55
To the Jew First
59
Also to the Greek
64
The Books and the Parchments
73
The Church Fathers
74
With the Bishops and the Deacons
80
The Struggle of the Old Catholic Imperial Church for Survival 100313
86
Augustus the first Roman emperor
89
Fables or Sound Doctrine
95
Church Problems 100313
100
Earnestly Contending for the Faith
103
The Church Closes Ranks
112
The Supremacy of the Old Catholic Imperial Church 313590
118
Conciliar Controversy and Creedal Development
125
Major Theological Issues to 451
127
The Golden Age of Church Fathers
134
The Christianity of the Cloisters
144
Hierarchical and Liturgical Developments
150
MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY 590 1517 The Rise of the Empire and LatinTeutonic Christianity 590800
157
The First Medieval Pope
159
Christian Losses and Expansion
165
Breakup of the Roman Empire and Mass Migrations After 476
166
Two Evangelizations of the British Isles
173
The Revival of Imperialism in the West
176
Ebb and Flow in Relationships Between Church and State 8001054
184
Revival and Schism in the Church
192
The Zenith of Papal Power
202
The Medieval Church 10541305
203
Crusaders and Reformers
212
The Crusades
214
Medieval Learning and Worship
226
Schools of Scholasticism
227
Medieval Sunset and Modern Sunrise 13051517
239
Roman Catholic Decline
245
The Papacy Faces External Opposition
252
The Reformation and Puritanism in England
320
Thomas Cranmer
323
The Development of English Protestantism
327
CounterReformation and Evaluation
337
Roman Catholicism 15451563
338
Matteo Ricci with Chinese convert
342
Types of Religious Organization
350
Rationalism Revivalism and Denominationalism 16481789
355
The Heritage of the Reformation in the United States
356
The New England Primer cover 1737
360
Protestant Transatlantic Revival
366
Rationalism Revivalism and Roman Catholicism
375
Reactions to Protestant Orthodoxy
376
Renť Descartes
378
Revivalism Missions and Modernism 17891914
392
Religion and Reform in Great Britain and Europe
398
Protestant Transatlantic Revival 17761810
399
Protestant Transatlantic Revival 18131846
406
The Church of Scotland 15601929
414
Foes of the Faith
418
The American Church in the National Era
426
Global Lay Prayer Interdenominational Revival 18571895
434
Church and Society in Tension Since 1914
444
Social Political and Economic Change by Revolution or Evolution
451
The Decline of Liberal NeoOrthodox and Radical Theologies
459
Theological Trends Since 1517
461
The Rise of Ecumenical Organization
468
The Ecumenical Movement
470
Evangelical Unity in Diversity
478
Evangelical Unity in Diversity
482
Decline and Expansion in Church Growth
505
Church Growth
506
Regional Revivals 1945 and After
515
Fruits of Revival
523
Problems Patterns and Prospects
528
Notes
535
Index
547
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Earle E. Cairns (PhD, University of Nebraska) was professor emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History.

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