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A church history text that integrates the events and development of the church with the social, economic, and intellectual history of the world around it.
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.Volume One Content Overview1. The Setting for the Story's Beginning2. Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church3. The Subapostolic Age4. The Church and the Empire5. Heresies and Schisms of the Second Century6. The Defense Against Rival Interpretations7. The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems8. Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries9. Development of the Church During the Third Century10. Diocletian and Constantine: On the Threshold of the Fourth Century11. The Church in the Fourth Century: Doctrine, Organization, and Literature12. The Church in the Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries: Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship13. Christological Controversies to Chalcedon14. Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism15. Transitions to the Middle Ages: Germanic Migrations, Doctrinal Developments, and the Papacy16. Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries17. The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries18. The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries19. Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West: The Ninth to Eleventh Centuries20. The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade21. Intellectual Revival: The Rise of Scholasticism22. Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Centuries23. The Glory of the Western Medieval Church: The Thirteenth Century24. Portents of Decline