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By Carter Lindberg

ISBN-10: 1405110783

ISBN-13: 9781405110785

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ISBN-13: 9781405148870

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 offer an authoritative heritage of Christianity for either the overall reader and the start scholar. levels from the missionary trips of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century.Demonstrates how the Christian group acquired and cast its id from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers issues primary 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 normal viewers in addition to scholars of the historical past of Christianity.Written by means of the world over looked theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church historical past.

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By the early fourth century the sporadic imperial persecutions of Christians ceased and leading thinkers in the church were carrying on constructive dialogues with Greco-Roman culture. In 312, Constantine, earlier proclaimed ruler of the western provinces by the Roman army in Britain, led his troops south into Italy and victoriously entered Rome after fierce battles against the larger army of the Roman emperor Maxentius. Prior to the final battle at the Milvian Bridge outside Rome, Constantine reportedly had a vision of the cross with the promise that under this sign he would conquer.

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. As bishop, Athanasius was soon faced by riots and intrigues against the Nicene party. He stood firm, but by the time of Constantine’s death and the succession of his sons, the leaders of the Nicene party in the East had been deposed or exiled.

All told, though there are no extant Sibling Rivalry 25 BHOC03 25 6/6/05, 10:31 AM accurate lists of attendees, between 220 and 300 bishops assembled at Nicaea in 325. , universal, meaning in practical terms, the empire). The significance of this meeting would reverberate theologically and institutionally throughout the history of the church. Theologically, the council formulated a creed that rejected the Arian doctrine that Christ, the Son, was not of the same substance of God, the Father; and also rejected the Arian teaching that Christ is the Son by virtue of his will.

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