By Carter Lindberg
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 offer an authoritative historical past of Christianity for either the overall 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 id from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers subject matters 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 notice at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct heritage, written to entice a basic viewers in addition to scholars of the background of Christianity.Written via across the world appeared theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church heritage.
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This leads to consideration of the opposition between loves, between caritas and cupiditas. Cupiditas is sin because it is misdirected love; it is love directed to inferior objects; it is curved down toward the earth rather than toward God. But God is above us, and thus we are to direct our love upward toward the good that is God. Earthly goods confuse us, and drag our love downwards toward them. Cupiditas then is the search for the good, which while good, is nevertheless incapable of providing final satisfaction.
The earthly city is not the true home of the Christian, but rather the vehicle (the ship) for our travel to our true home in the heavenly city. The world, our earthly city, is given as a means and vehicle for our return to God; it is to be used, not enjoyed. The world, if enjoyed, drags us down and away from God. In his theology of history, The City of God, Augustine wrote: “Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.
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. 190–ca. 202) and then Origen (ca. 202–31). The theologian who created the crisis for the church and for Constantine was Arius (ca.
A Brief History of Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Carter Lindberg