The History of the Church

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LIT Verlag Münster, 2002 - 307 páginas
The aim of this book is as modest as it is ambitious. It sees itself both as a manual of the history of the church, and as an essay. The manual is of service to the students of theology and at the same time lays open to them the problems linked to the subject of their studies. The first and foremost aim of the book however is to offer an overall view of the 2000 years of the history of the Catholic Church and the other Christian denominations. It is the history of hights and failures, of incidents an devents as reactions to the different challanges to the faith and the church. It is the story of breakdowns leading to new starts, of conversions and continous building up, and this gives the story ist particular rhythm, against which the believer always tries to separate the wheat from the chaff, as a means to discover the finger of God, who writes in the sand of history. From that point of view the book is an essay in the true sense of the word.
 

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The Christian View of Time
5
Church History Viewed as a Discipline
15
The Church and the Challenge of Universality
35
The Church and the Challenge of the Barbarians
51
The Church and the Challenge of Feudalism
59
The Church and the Challenge of Secular Thought
69
The Church and the Challenge of the Renaissance
83
The Church and the Challenge of the Reformation
95
The Church and the Challenge of the Revolutions
135
The Church and the Challenge of Ideologies
145
The Church and the Challenge of Cultures
165
The Eastern Churches
187
Forms of Protestantism
215
Can Church History be Interpreted Theologically?
253
Select Bibliography
265
Index
277

The Church and the Challenge of Absolutism
109
The Church and the Challenge of the Enlightenment
123

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