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By Carter Lindberg

ISBN-10: 1405110783

ISBN-13: 9781405110785

ISBN-10: 140514887X

ISBN-13: 9781405148870

Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling background of the world’s biggest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative historical past of Christianity for either the final 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 got and cast its identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers subject matters basic to figuring out the process Western Christianity, together with the expansion of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation.Includes an advent to the historiography of Christianity, a notice at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct background, written to entice a basic viewers in addition to scholars of the background of Christianity.Written via across the world seemed theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church background.

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When Julian the Apostate was emperor (361–3), tolerance was renewed for the Donatists and the Catholic party was attacked. Augustine’s response to the Donatists was influenced by the fact that he became a Christian in Milan, not in North Africa. In the former context the major issues were philosophical and cultural rather than the generations of rancor about purity in North Africa. To Augustine, the Donatists threatened the universality and unity of the church by their advocacy of isolation for the sake of purity.

Ambrose exhibited in his own person to Augustine that he did not have to sacrifice his intellect to become a Christian. A further impetus to conversion was the story recounted by his countryman Ponticianus of the conversion of two of his friends on reading Athanasius’ Life of St. Antony. In his Confessions Augustine recounts his conversion as a highly emotional event. ” Interpreting this as a divine command, he opened the Bible and read the first passage he saw, Romans 13:13–14: “Let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.

This allowed the bishops relative autonomy in resolving doctrinal issues because the emperor did not have the right to vote in the Senate. But Constantine did confirm the decisions of the bishops and made them binding under Roman law. 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.

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