By Carter Lindberg
Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling heritage of the world’s greatest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative background of Christianity for either the overall reader and the start pupil. 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 identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers issues basic to figuring out the process Western Christianity, together with the expansion of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation.Includes an creation to the historiography of Christianity, a observe at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct background, written to entice a common viewers in addition to scholars of the historical past of Christianity.Written by way of across the world appeared theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church historical past.
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This was a theology of salvation that appealed to the largest and most influential group of “spiritual athletes” of the day, the monks. Hence it was a brilliant propaganda coup when Arius’ later opponent, Athanasius, wrote a Life of Antony, the most revered of the Egyptian ascetics, that argued that Antony’s holiness was a gift of God’s grace, not an ethical achievement. Arius’ views spread widely thanks to his persuasive rhetoric and ability to cast his theology in verse to popular tunes so that even the dockworkers of Alexandria began to propagate his theology.
From the Council of Nicaea to the Council of Constantinople In 328 Athanasius became the bishop of Alexandria. ” But Athanasius did not become the “father of catholic orthodoxy” without a long and costly struggle. Immediately after Nicaea, Arius was condemned and exiled. Yet not all the council fathers were pleased by the use of the Nicene term homoousios, a term 26 Sibling Rivalry BHOC03 26 6/6/05, 10:31 AM central to Athanasius’ argument. Constantine allowed an antiNicene coalition to take root in his court and by the end of his reign it had become an anti-Athanasian force.
Institutionally, Constantine’s calling of the council presaged centuries of struggles between church and empire that would continue up to the last crowning of an emperor, that of Napoleon. From Constantine’s perspective he had the right to call a council because in the context of Greco-Roman culture the emperor represented God on earth, and was thus legally entitled to intervene in religious affairs. The council itself was procedurally modeled on the Roman Senate. This allowed the bishops relative autonomy in resolving doctrinal issues because the emperor did not have the right to vote in the Senate.
A Brief History of Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Carter Lindberg