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Church History, Volume One: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation

The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context
Everett Ferguson
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Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so, not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church.

Volume One explores the development of the church from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation. Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, it offers overviews of the Roman, Greek, and Jewish worlds; insights into the church’s relationship to the Roman Empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians; the place of art and architecture, literature and philosophy, both sacred and secular; and much more, spanning the time from the first through the thirteenth centuries.

About the Author

Everett Ferguson (PhD, Harvard) is professor emeritus of Bible and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he taught church history and Greek. He is the author of numerous works, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Early Christians Speak, and Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries. He was also general editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

Table of Contents

1. The Setting for the Story’s Beginning

2. Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church

3. The Subapostolic Age

4. The Church and the Empire

5. Heresies and Schisms in the Second Century

6. The Defense against Rival Interpretations

7. The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems

8. Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries

9. Development of the Church during the Third Century

10. Diocletian and Constantine: On the Threshold of the Fourth Century

11. The Church in the Fourth Century: Doctrine, Organization, and Literature

12. Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship: The Church in the Fourth Century

13. Christological Controversies to Chalcedon (451)

14. Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism

15. Transitions to the Middle Ages: Germanic Migrations, Doctrinal Developments, and the Papacy

16. Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries

17. The Eastern Churches from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries

18. The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries

19. Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West: The Ninth to the Eleventh Centuries

20. The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade

21. Intellectual Revival: The Rise of Scholasticism

22. Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Century

23. The Glory of the Western Medieval Church: The Thirteenth Century

24. Portents of Decline

General Bibliography

Timeline from Christ to Pre-Reformation

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  • Chapter 1 - The Setting for the Story's Beginning
  • Chapter 2 - Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church
  • Chapter 3 - The Subapostolic Age
  • Chapter 4 - The Church and the Empire
  • Chapter 5 - Heresies and Schisms in the Second Century
  • Chapter 6 - The Defense Against Rival Interpretations
  • Chapter 7 - The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems
  • Chapter 8 - Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries
  • Chapter 9 - Development of the Church in the Third Century
  • Chapter 10 - Diocletian and Constantine—On the Threshold of the Fourth Century
  • Chapter 11 - The Church in the Fourth Century—Doctrine, Organization, and Literature
  • Chapter 12 - The Church in the Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries—Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship
  • Chapter 13 - Christological Controversies to Chalcedon (451)
  • Chapter 14 - Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism
  • Chapter 15 - Transitions to the Middle Ages
  • Chapter 16 - Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
  • Chapter 17 - The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries
  • Chapter 18 - The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries
  • Chapter 19 - Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West
  • Chapter 20 - The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade
  • Chapter 21 - Intellectual Revival—the Rise of Scholasticism
  • Chapter 22 - Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Century
  • Chapter 23 - The Glory of the Western Medieval Church
  • Chapter 24 - Chapter 24: The Glory of the Western Medieval Church
Church History 1: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation Instructor: Dr. Everett Ferguson

Church History: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation offers an introduction to church history that integrates the events and developments of the church with the social, economic, and intellectual history of the broader world around it.

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  • 15 Units
  • 6 hours of video
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  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 544
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed Caseside
  • ISBN: 9780310516569
  • Release: November 26, 2013
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