A brief history of Christianity by Carter Lindberg

By Carter Lindberg

Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling historical past of the world’s greatest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to offer an authoritative background of Christianity for either the final reader and the start scholar.

  • Ranges from the missionary trips of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century.
  • Demonstrates how the Christian group obtained and solid its identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.
  • Covers themes 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 be aware at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.
  • An authoritative but succinct heritage, written to entice a common viewers in addition to scholars of the heritage of Christianity.
  • Written by way of across the world looked theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of various titles on theology and Church history.

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Their theology emphasized the freedom of the human will. The rationalist strain here is apparent with the argument that since God has given us the law, it must follow that we have the ability to do it. ” Since we have free will, it is possible for us to decide for or against the good. Christ would not have commanded divine perfection had he known this was beyond achievement (Matthew 5:48: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”). The Old Testament law and the Sermon on the Mount emphasize our responsibility to God’s command.

But how are the human and the divine related in Jesus? Does the divine Word replace the human mind 28 Sibling Rivalry BHOC03 28 6/6/05, 10:31 AM or soul? A sense of the integrity of human nature criticized such a view on the basis that a person’s soul and not merely his or her flesh must be saved through Christ. Furthermore, the locus of sin is not the body but the mind. As Gregory of Nazianzus (d. ca. 390), another Cappadocian bishop, succinctly put it, what is not assumed by God is not redeemed.

The Confessions are Augustine’s effort to find himself. This was an intensely personal period of adjustment for Augustine. In being thrust into the life of episcopal action he was not only losing his treasured life of contemplative withdrawal (John Calvin will have a similar experience) but was also now exposed to the spiritual temptations he thought he had escaped by renouncing in 386 his acclaimed public position as a rhetorician. He had rejected a life as a public figure because of its seductive dangers of ambition, desire for praise, temptation to dominate others, and the sensitivity to insult.

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