New PDF release: A brief history of Christianity

By Carter Lindberg

ISBN-10: 1405110473

ISBN-13: 9781405110471

ISBN-10: 1405110783

ISBN-13: 9781405110785

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 final reader and the start pupil.

  • Ranges 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 issues 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 be aware at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.
  • An authoritative but succinct background, written to attract a normal viewers in addition to scholars of the heritage of Christianity.
  • Written via the world over seemed theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church history.

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The Pelagian Controversy Augustine had been involved with the Donatist controversy for nearly fifteen years (396–411), but that did not deter him from continuing theological reflection on the problems of evil and salvation. His own conversion experience naturally led him in the direction of emphasizing the absolute priority of divine providence for salvation. He rejected any suggestion that persons could make the smallest step toward righteousness before God without divine assistance. Thus, well before the Irish monk Pelagius (355–420) appeared on the scene advocating human freedom to choose righteousness, Augustine through his personal experience and intense study of the Bible held that humankind was a massa peccati, a “lump of sin,” since the fall of Adam, with no merit of its own.

Hence the Conference of Carthage (411) affirmed that salvation depends 46 BHOC04 The Heavenly City 46 6/6/05, 10:32 AM upon God, not humankind. The Donatists were not won back to the church, but were condemned. ” Thus the emperor Honorius around 400 applied heresy laws against schismatics. Throughout the history of the church Donatism has been a temptation that can also take the form of a congregational Donatism that claims that the truth of the church depends upon the moral purity of the assembly rather than Word and sacrament.

Some, however, have suggested that the profound pessimism concerning created nature inculcated by Manichaeism influenced Augustine’s later doctrine of sin. Augustine’s search for philosophical certainty was aided by his discovery of Neoplatonism. Instead of the forces of good and evil, Neoplatonism spoke of being and non-being. In this schema, evil is seen as a defect, a lack of being. Persons are pulled downward or direct their attention downward away from being toward non-being, and therefore are not what they ought to be.

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