By Carter Lindberg
Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling historical past of the world’s greatest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative heritage of Christianity for either the overall reader and the start scholar. levels from the missionary trips of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century.Demonstrates how the Christian group obtained and cast its id from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers subject matters basic to knowing the process Western Christianity, together with the expansion of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation.Includes an advent to the historiography of Christianity, a be aware at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct historical past, written to entice a basic viewers in addition to scholars of the heritage of Christianity.Written by means of across the world appeared theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church background.
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Arius cited Colossians that Christ was “the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15), and his opponents appealed to the affirmation in the Gospel of John (1:1–5) that the “Word was with God . . ” As the controversy raged on, Constantine became increasingly concerned that religious division would erode political unity. After fruitless appeals for harmony, Constantine called a council of all the bishops to meet in Nicaea. This was not an invitation the bishops could refuse! All told, though there are no extant Sibling Rivalry 25 BHOC03 25 6/6/05, 10:31 AM accurate lists of attendees, between 220 and 300 bishops assembled at Nicaea in 325.
The Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed quickly became the baptismal creed of the East and also became popular in the West. It was incorporated in the eucharistic liturgy and used in East and West, and continues to be regarded as a truly ecumenical and therefore catholic summation of the Christian faith. The development of the “Nicene” creed differs from the creation of the New Testament canon and the rule of faith in that its specific concern is the doctrine of God. By means of this doctrine the church erected a barrier against the Hellenism that threatened to inundate the Christian faith.
This was not a tidy process; what one community or generation believed “orthodox” could appear to the next as problematic or even heretical. What the church believes, teaches, and confesses is therefore not a collection of timeless truths but the historical expression of the community’s convictions. Thus confessions such as the classic creeds (Apostles’, 18 Sibling Rivalry BHOC03 18 6/6/05, 10:31 AM Nicene, and Athanasian), as well as later confessions such as in the Reformation period and the Barmen Declaration against Nazism, are provisional expressions that both express and form Christian identities in history.
A Brief History of Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Carter Lindberg