The Church and Western Culture: An Introduction to Church History

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AuthorHouse, 2006 - Church history - 456 pages
To live meaningfully in the present, and to plan wisely for the future, means building on the past. This kind of understanding is important when it comes to questions concerning both faith and culture. In the development of the Western world there has been a dynamic relationship between the church and civilization in general. This interplay has produced a rich heritage and foundations affecting governments, economics, family life, education, the arts, literature, science, the practice of religion, and many other areas. The church has played a major role and cannot be brushed aside as secondary or irrelevant to our present lives. It is especially important that followers of Christ know the church's history. Today there is neglect, almost disdain, for history. This is sad because history really is about us. There is a common nature shared by people in every age who face over and over the same issues, opportunities, problems, and the same mortality. In our ancestors we see ourselves. They are there for us to learn from, to teach us lessons that help keep us from the same mistakes, and inspire us to strive for the good and the great. The past is more than just names, events, and dates. It is filled with actual people with real lives, possessed of important thoughts and ideas that should be carried into the present. This book claims that knowledge of these people and past events is necessary if we are to know ourselves, maintain our sanity, and find our way.
 

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Contents

THE APOSTOLIC AGE 30 100 AD
1
The Church is Introduced into History 30 AD
3
The Gospel Is Established 30 100 AD
14
The New Testament is Written 45 100 AD
23
The Persecutions Are Initiated 64 AD
32
The Destruction of Jerusalem 70 AD
40
THE PATRISTIC AGE 100 500 AD
45
AnteNicene Period 100 325 AD
47
The Great Schism of 1054
158
The Zenith of the Papacy 1100 1300
164
The Crusades 1095 1270
169
Eucharistic Controversies 1215
177
The Renaissance 1200 1600
182
THE MODERN PERIOD 1500 PRESENT
197
The Period of Reformation 1500 1700 AD
201
The Protestant Reformation
216

The Council of Nicea 325 AD
76
PostNicene Period 325 500 AD
94
THE MIDDLE AGES 5001500
133
The Rise of the Papacy 500 600
135
Mohammedanism 622 AD
140
Charlemagne 800 AD
149
The Age of Reason and Revival 1700 1870 AD
267
The Age of Theological Diversity 1870 Present
377
Bibliography
409
Endnotes
415
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