From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context

From Christ to Pre Reformation The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural Intellectual and Political Context Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed It did so not in a vacuum but in a setting of times cultures and events that both influenced and were

  • Title: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context
  • Author: Everett Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9780310205807
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed It did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church Volume one explores the development of tChurch History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed It did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church Volume one explores the development of the church from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, it offers overviews of the Roman, Greek, and Jewish worlds insights into the church s relationship to the Roman empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians the place of art and architecture, literature and philosophy, both sacred and secular and much , spanning the time from the first through the thirteenth centuries Volume One Content Overview 1 The Setting for the Story s Beginning 2 Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church 3 The Subapostolic Age 4 The Church and the Empire 5 Heresies and Schisms of the Second Century 6 The Defense Against Rival Interpretations 7 The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems 8 Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries 9 Development of the Church During the Third Century 10 Diocletian and Constantine On the Threshold of the Fourth Century 11 The Church in the Fourth Century Doctrine, Organization, and Literature 12 The Church in the Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship 13 Christological Controversies to Chalcedon 14 Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism 15 Transitions to the Middle Ages Germanic Migrations, Doctrinal Developments, and the Papacy 16 Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries 17 The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries 18 The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries 19 Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West The Ninth to Eleventh Centuries 20 The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade 21 Intellectual Revival The Rise of ism 22 Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Centuries 23 The Glory of the Western Medieval Church The Thirteenth Century 24 Portents of Decline

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    1. This is a very fine text that works well at the seminary level. Ferguson is a careful scholar that has obviously read widely in primary sources. He constantly points his readers to classic texts in church history. His personal judgments are infrequent, but quite insightful when they come. For instance, when explaining the Christological controversies prior to Chalcedon, he writes, "Church leaders always seem to prefer to fight new battles in terms of old controversies with whose arguments they h [...]

    2. This was my second experience of being assigned Ferguson's text, and this time I especially appreciated the consistent clarity Ferguson offers over an incredible breadth of topics. He remains fairly objective, though someone with a background in Restoration History could note a few occasions in which he provides extra emphases on matters like believers baptism, the development of instrumental music, or his perspective on the fallibility of the pope. A final upside of this text is his appetizer o [...]

    3. A good, comprehensive overviewThis work of history by Everett Ferguson provides a good balance. It is comprehensive enough and provides enough details without become bogged down in minutiae that only academics would likely find interest. Rather than descriptions of historical events in isolation, they are placed within a narrative framework that includes how the past has influenced it and how the event influences the future. The events are described in the context of surrounding cultural, social [...]

    4. A fantastic release by Zondervan in a two part volume series, Everett Ferguson really wrote a comprehensive and well-balanced study in his Church History: From Christ to Pre-Reformation. I found Ferguson engaging and tactile, always offering a fair historical analysis without clouding down pages with his own historiography; however, he does offer such fresh batch of insights when he does present various opinions to the historiography, letting the historical pendulum swing naturally and freely.Ec [...]

    5. This is a very comprehensive work of history by Everett Ferguson which provides an overview of Church history. Zondervan has done a commendable job in bringing out a two-volume work on the history of the church. The author’s work is laudable as he has done a fine job in balancing a clear but concise work without being bogged down by too much detail.The writing is very eloquent, and the style greatly enjoyable. Both serious students and casual readers of church history will find the volume imme [...]

    6. Thorough, and well-researched, this would be a great book if Ferguson paid attention not only to the great accomplishments in the history of the Church, but also to atrocities it orchestrated, supported, or failed to condemn. Persecution of Jews, Muslims, heretics, torture, murder, expulsion are mentioned in passing, if at all, and Eastern Christianity receives a lot less attention than Catholicism in this study.

    7. Another good Church History survey. Attractively presented (photos, sidebars, charts, online content etc), reasonably comprehensive (550 large format pages provides plenty of space), appropriately balanced. Quite readable, although not enough to bust out of the expected "boring survey" genre. Everett Ferguson's heavyweight scholarship in the field would lead me to rank this above other comparable surveys.

    8. Extremely dry but packed full of everything having to do with the church history - All the way from Jesus to the middle ages. Yes, reading a chapter a week was very challenging I admit. But I do know ALL about the popes :p

    9. Church History, Volume One is like what it says, about the history of the Church from the first century to the thirteenth century. I'm not even going to attempt to summarise contents, but the book basically looks at events, trends, and notable people in Church history. Each chapter also comes with a list of recommended resources, so you could (ideally) use this book as a starting point and then delve into certain issues or events.I found this book easy to read and follow, even for someone like m [...]

    10. This was your typical book about Christian Church and its faith. I guess I have read so many that I was just hoping maybe this one had something better to offer than the rest. If you study religion or an historian then maybe you would enjoy this book more. Even though I found this book to be like the rest, I did like Everett's writing and researching abilities. I do give him kudos on that share of this book. I received this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

    11. I read this for my Church History class at seminary. It's readable and has some interesting material, but at times, but it wasn't as exciting as some other histories I've read.

    12. This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (desertbibleinstitute).There was only one overwhelming problem with Everett Ferguson’s book Church History Volume1: From Christ to the Pre-Reformation. He waited until I was out of school to write it.Right from the onset, I was impressed with this book. I remember, from my years back in college in the 80s, my history texts being filled with double rows of tiny type. I remember authors drowning on-and-on with ci [...]

    13. This was a very informative book and I am glad I read it, but I think I worked on it for nearly 8 months. I love the topic and read two other books on the same topic while reading this one, but we will just say the author, though delightfully thorough is no David McCullough.Normally I find it challenging to read through Church history once I pass the era of Saint Augustine, but it is amazing to see the vitality & light that none-the-less runs through the entirety of the history of the church [...]

    14. Zondervan has released a two volume set of textbooks covering church history. They come in at around 1300 pages total and they look to be a great resource for students of all sorts. These books are formatted beautifully. Zondervan did a real service by allowing plenty of room in the margins to let the reader make notes and doodles…assuming it is used in a lecture format. They also provided some great charts that summarize neatly large portions of important information. There are no discussion [...]

    15. A textbook level exploration and analysis of the history of Christianity from its inception until 1300.The author has a commanding view and understanding of the narrative at hand. He explores the Jewish and Greco-Roman context in which Jesus and Christianity arose, and proceeds to tell the story of Christianity through this time period: Jesus, the Apostles, the early church, early patristics, persecutions, heresies, Trinitarian disputations, Constantine and legitimacy, Christological disputation [...]

    16. Purchase Ferguson's Church History here.I love history, but I’m not a historian. I especially love church history as it’s important to know where you come from and who’s in your family tree. With that being said, I won’t be reviewing this book in respect to the accuracy of details. I’m sure you can find a review like that elsewhere. My review will focus on broad strokes.First, unless you are in school and forced to read through a particular church history book, you will want to find on [...]

    17. Ferguson's summary of early church history here has been invaluable to someone like myself, who, like just about every other American evangelical, has not been educated in church history in the least. Admittedly, it's more of a jumping off point for further reading and study than anything else, but I've found it to be far more substantial than more simplistic summaries like Bruce Shelley's "Church History in Plain Language."I will also say that Ferguson has convinced me to study the history of C [...]

    18. This is a very through and detailed look at the history of the church and what was going on around at the time. The beginning of the church along with the Roman Empire and through the growth and changes. He covers controversies, Doctrine polices, medieval times, Augustine, the roll of the Pope. Even decline and then renewal. The crusades and just about any other subject you can think of. A very in depth look at the church and everything inside and out. A good book for history, seminarian or anyo [...]

    19. Very well organized resource! Very specific references, people, time periods, documents and records and tgeir claims to validity. A resource I will come back to again and again! I am not a theologian in any formal capacity but was able to follow this book easily. It is certainly a textbook but I also appreciated it's very organized index so you can look up just what you need or read though. Read part 1 and 2 for the complete history! Wish some things went more in detail but with this already so [...]

    20. It's an enjoyable book and a fairly easy read, though it does get bogged down in names and technical terms at points. It also feels a bit more biased at points than I think a textbook should feel, justifying certain people and events (that Evangelicals like) and slighting other ones that don't really fit the narrative (or Evangelicals don't like). That said, most of the time it seems that the information presented is accurate and fair, and Ferguson isn't afraid to expose some of the messiness in [...]

    21. Christian history is unique among religions.  It's the one worldview that keeps consistent across it's history.  Islam, Mormonism, and Russellism have embarrassing beginnings that undermined their burgeoning beliefs.  The eastern religions become more and more incomprehensible and vague as you look back. But not Christianity.  As Ferguson details, Christianity is consistent with it's claims.  This is a wide-ranged, well-researched, and scholarly textbook. The church had some foibles, bu [...]

    22. I give it 3 and not 4 because I feel it doesn't go into depth on a lot of the issues that got brought up in the history of the church. Especially the schisms and what they were about. Some of the schisms are a paragraph of explanation and others maybe 2 pages. Yet I would wonder "why was that a heresy?" I think I might agree with it? Then if I looked it up on the web I would understand why it was a heresy. Not for all of them but for a lot. And especially the different breaks in the church to me [...]

    23. Great overview of Church History from Christ to Pre-Reformation. The author assumes the reader has prior knowledge of a lot of theological and historical terms and events, so it is definitely great for a Master's or Seminary level course. This Textbook was used for a course in my master's program and the format was set up well for easy reading and skimming when you're in a hurry to read for a quiz or test!

    24. A hefty tome, this textbook is an ecumenical's dream. A little more readable than most Church textbooks I've read this offers a great overview for the interested individual, and even this tome might be enough to tie up a couple semesters worth of work. I wouldn't say this is a true scholar's reference, and as I said above there is a very ecumenical tone that crosses Protestant and Catholic thought in many places. I have to say good job, and for a higher level view a great offering.

    25. I like it. There's a ton of information here, and it's communicated clearly without becoming tedious. I love how the author unpacks the political context. I also like the Bible verses in the margins which show the relevance of the history to Biblical teaching. I'm not positive that it's the one I'll use for a curriculum, but it will definitely be my fall back option.

    26. Great overview of Christian history from the disciples of the apostles to the Reformation. It is very readable, highlights important theological shifts and developments, and has large margins for additional notes.

    27. Everyone complains about Ferguson's writing, which is more of a commentary on the state of education these days. Fergusson does however reveal some bias in his portrayals of history and particularly theological developments.

    28. A good place to get one's feet wet in Church History. It's not the most readable book, but is helpful for introductory Undergrads/laypersons. Would not recommend for graduate use, even if using as a introductory text.

    29. There is a lot of information here, but when reading it straight through it is simply too much dates. It would be a good reference to work through centuries at a time spaced out and possible draw more from it. Great book all around though.

    30. An excellent overview of the Church up until 1500. The only problem I have is that there are several things which ferguson assumes you, the reader, already know. I would recommend Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley as well.

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