The SCM Studyguide: Church History introduces students of theology and history to the ways the Church has evolved in its corporate life since its birth in the first century.
This student-friendly and accessible textbook gives special attention to studying the Church's changing relationship and interaction with the surrounding societies in which it has existed.
Sacraments, places of worship, authority in the Church and mission are examined at each period.
1 Studying Church History
Why Study Church History?
How to Study Church History?
2 The Apostolic Church: Meeting or Community?
Birth in Jerusalem
Division and Expansion
3 The Hellenistic Church: Sect or Association?
Into the Hellenistic World
Persecution and Devotion
Self-understanding: From Ignatius to Cyprian
4 From Constantine to Byzantium: A State Church?
The Fourth-Century Revolution
The Establishing of the Church
The Rise of Monasticism
Self-understanding: Augustine’s Two Cities
5 The Rise of the Western Church: Tribal or Catholic?
From the Sixth to the Ninth Century: Germanic Tribes and the Rise of Islam
Monasticism: Benedict and the Celts 75 Roman Christianity from Gregory to Charlemagne
Self-understanding: Bede on the Synod of Whitby
6 Medieval Catholicism: Papal or Monastic?
Papal Power Struggles between the Tenth and Thirteenth Centuries
Monasticism: From Cluny to the Cistercians
Renouncing Wealth: The Franciscan and Dominican Friars
Self-understanding: Aquinas on Princely Government
7 Reformation Churches: Monarchical or Congregational?
The Weakening of the Papacy after 1300
Loyola and Tridentine Catholicism
Self-understanding: Church as ‘Congregation’
8 Churches of the Enlightenment: Communal or Voluntary?
Reformed Protestantism and ‘the Elect’
Pietism and the Rise of Feeling in Religion
Enlightenment and Revolution!
Self-understanding: Schleiermacher’s Writings
9 Churches in the Modern Era: Communities or Cells?
Ultramontanist Roman Catholicism
Protestantism’s Growing Diversity
Serving the Needs of the World
Self-understanding: Moltmann on ‘Grass-roots Communities’
10 Local Church History
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