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Interpreting Christian history : the challenge of the churches' past
Cameron, Euan (Euan K.)

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Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
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xii, 292 p. ; 24 cm.
The unfolding of Christian history : a sketch -- Christianity : a Jewish heresy spreads across the Eastern Empire -- Greek and Latin, east and west -- Persecution, legal establishment, empowerment and retreat -- The Eastern church, the spread of Islam, and expansion northwards -- The Western church of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages -- Disputes over control, and the rise of a continental church -- The high medieval synthesis -- Later Middle Ages : the era of fragmentation -- Challenges and ruptures : Renaissance and Reformation -- The age of competing orthodoxies -- Challenges to orthodoxy : reason, enlightenment and revolution -- The era of Romanticism and its implications -- The multiple crises of the twentieth century -- Reflecting on the process of historical development -- Constantly shifting emphases in Christian history -- Means to Holiness Become Ultimate Goals -- Asceticism : giving things up for God -- Expecting miracles -- Martyrdom -- Sacrament and sacrifice : the Eucharistic church -- The company of heaven : the communion of saints -- Purity of doctrine and instruction : the school of faith -- The Christian community and its membership -- Reflections on shifting priorities -- Church historians' responses to change and diversity -- The early church : Eusebius of Caesarea -- Early medieval church history : Bede -- The high middle ages : a monastic chronicle -- Renaissance historiography : rhetoric and scepticism -- The Reformation and the rise of a sense of history -- The rise of reformed schools of church history -- Confessional histories in the age of orthodoxy -- Writing Christian history in the shadow of the Enlightenment -- Toward "modern" histories of Christianity -- Postmodern and liberation-oriented approaches to Christian history -- Summary and conclusions -- Some theologians reflect on the historical problem -- The historical background to historical-critical theology -- The challenge of Ludwig Feuerbach to modernizing theology -- German liberal Protestant theology of the ineteenth and twentieth centuries -- Responses to liberalism in the 20th century -- Thomism, mysticism and neo-liberalism : some Roman Catholic responses -- Cultural diversity, liberation, postliberalism and postmodernity -- Drawing the threads together.


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This book explores the theological lessons to be learnt from 2000years of Christian Church history.
An exploration of the theological lessons to be learnt from thedifficult history of the Christian churches over the past 2,000years
Opens with an introductory essay on the whole of Churchhistory, making the book suitable for lay readers as well asstudents
Combines historical, historiographical and theologicalanalysis
Reunites the disciplines of theology and Church history
Concludes that we can only ever perceive a facet ofChristianity given our historical and cultural conditioning
Written by a distinguished Church historian.

Table of Contents

Introduction Diversities of Belief, Practice, and Priorities History and Diversity Steering Between Two Extremes
The Compass and Structure of the Book History and Theory
1 The Unfolding of Christian History: a Sketch Christianity: a Jewish Heresy Spreads Across the Eastern Empire Greek and Latin, East and West Persecution, Legal Establishment, Empowerment, and Retreat
The Eastern Church, the Spread of Islam, and Expansion Northwards
The Western Church of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Disputes over Control, and the Rise of a Continental Church
The High Medieval Synthesis
Later Middle Ages: the Era of Fragmentation
Challenges and Ruptures: Renaissance and Reformation
The Age of Competing Orthodoxies Challenges to Orthodoxy: Reason, Enlightenment, and Revolution
The Era of Romanticism and its Implications
The Multiple Crises of the Twentieth Century
Reflecting on the Process of Historical Development
2 Constantly Shifting Emphases in Christian History Means to Holiness Become Ultimate Goals Asceticism: Giving Things Up for God Expecting Miracles Martyrdom Sacrament and Sacrifice: the Eucharistic Church
The Company of Heaven: the Communion of Saints Purity of Doctrine and Instruction: the School of Faith
The Christian Community and its Membership Reflections on Shifting Priorities
3 Church Historians' Responses to Change and Diversity
The Early Church: Eusebius of Caesarea Early Medieval Church History: Bede
The High Middle Ages: A Monastic Chronicle Renaissance Historiography: Rhetoric and Skepticism
The Reformation and the Rise of a Sense of History
The Rise of Reformed Schools of Church History
Confessional Histories in the Age of Orthodoxy
Writing Christian History in the Shadow of the Enlightenment Toward "Modern" Histories of Christianity
Postmodern and Liberation-oriented Approaches to Christian History
Summary and Conclusions
4 Some Theologians Reflect on the Historical Problem
The Historical Background to Historical-critical Theology
The Challenge of Ludwig Feuerbach to "Modernizing"
Theology German Liberal Protestant
Theology of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
Responses to Liberalism in the Twentieth Century
Thomism, Mysticism, and Neo-liberalism: Some Roman Catholic Responses
Cultural Diversity, Liberation, Postliberalism, and Postmodernity Drawing the Threads Together