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By Carter Lindberg

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Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling background of the world’s greatest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative heritage 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 obtained and cast its identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers issues basic to knowing 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 word at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct heritage, written to attract a common viewers in addition to scholars of the heritage of Christianity.Written by means of across the world looked theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church heritage.

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Almost immediately, however, Constantine discovered that the Christian faith he believed would be the glue to cement in place his vast empire was functioning in some major areas more as a corrosive acid eating away at the desired social unity. The focal point for the spread of disunity in the church and hence the danger to the newly united empire was Alexandria. The size and cultural significance of Alexandria ranked it second only to Rome, and its renown as a center of Christian learning was already widespread in the second and third centuries in connection with the catechetical school led most famously by Clement (ca.

The acclamation in response to Leo’s proposal – “Peter has 32 Sibling Rivalry BHOC03 32 6/6/05, 10:31 AM spoken through Leo” – enhanced the prestige of the bishop of Rome, and thus the eventual papacy rooted there. The decision at Chalcedon was not an attempt to force the inexpressible into conceptual clarity. In the face of the endless discussions and controversies concerning the relationship of divinity and humanity in Jesus Christ, Chalcedon simply asserted that Jesus Christ is one person and at the same time he is truly God and truly man.

The early church did not begin with a handy catalogue of orthodox dogmas by which to determine the presence of heresies. Rather, heresy and orthodoxy grew together in mutual interaction. That historical process was so complex that it will be useful to begin with a formal way to conceive of heresy; to get a sense of what the Christian community believed to be at stake as they developed their confessions of faith. Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834), one of the most influential theologians of the nineteenth century, provided just such a useful formal way to conceive of heresy.

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