Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church

Hardcover | November 19, 1996

byEarle E. Cairns

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The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. - New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5) - New photos. Over 100 photos in all -- more than twice the number in the previous edition - Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look - Improved maps (21) and charts (39) Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to "the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity."

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Thsi respected, well-known, comprehensive resource has established itself as a classic on church history. Cairns looks for the glory of God in the total process, conveying the issues that have divided the church and also affirming that the church of Jesus Christ is basically one

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The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. - New chapters examine recent trends and developm...

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The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. - New chapters examine recent trends and developm...

Earle E. Cairns (PhD, University of Nebraska) was professor emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 1.21 inPublished:November 19, 1996Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310208122

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ContentsCharts, Maps, Pictures and CreditsAcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroduction Ancient Church History (B.C., A.D.)The Spread of Christianity in the Empire to 1001.The Fullness of the Time2.On This Rock3.To the Jew First4.Also to the Greek5.The Books and the Parchments6.With the Bishops and the DeaconsThe Struggle of the Old Catholic Imperial Church for Survival7.Christ or Caesar8.Fables or Sound Doctrine9.Earnestly Contending for the Faith10.The Church Closes RanksThe Supremacy of the Old Catholic Imperial Church, 313 - 59011.The Church Faces the Empire and the Barbarians12.Conciliar Controversy and Creedal Development13.The Golden Age of Church Fathers14.The Christianity of the Cloisters15.Hierarchical and Liturgical DevelopmentsMedieval Church HistoryThe Rise of the Empire and Latin-Teutonic Christianity16.The First Medieval Pope17.Christian Losses and Expansion18.The Revival of Imperialism in the WestEbb and Flow in Relationships Between Church and State, 800-105419.The Emergence of the Holy Roman Empire20.Revival and Schism in the ChurchThe Supremacy of the Papacy21.The Zenith of Papal Power22.Crusaders and Reformers23.Medieval Learning and WorshipMedieval Sunset and Modern Sunrise, 1305-151724.Attempts at Internal Reform25.The Papacy Faces External OppositionModern Church History 1517 and AfterReformation and Counter-Reformation, 1517-164826.The Background of Reformation27.Luther and the German Reformation28.The Reformation in Switzerland29.The Reformed Faith Outside Switzerland30.The Reformation and Puritanism in England31.Counter-Reformation and EvaluationRationalism, Revivalism, and Denominationalism, 1648-178932.The Establishment of Christianity in North America33.Rationalism, Revivalism, and Roman CatholicismRevivalism, Missions, and Modernism, 1789-191434.Roman Catholic Victories and Vicissitudes35.Religion and Reform in Great Britain and Europe36.Foes of the Faith37.The American Church in the National EraChurch and Society in Tension Since 191438.The Church in Changing World Culture39.The Decline of Liberal, Neo-Orthodox, and Radical Theologies40.The Rise of Ecumenical Organization41.Evangelical Unity in Diversity42.Decline and Expansion in Church GrowthConclusion: Problems, Patterns, and ProspectsNotesIndex

From Our Editors

Thsi respected, well-known, comprehensive resource has established itself as a classic on church history. Cairns looks for the glory of God in the total process, conveying the issues that have divided the church and also affirming that the church of Jesus Christ is basically one