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History of the Christian Church, 8 vols. Hardcover – July 1, 2006
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Philip Schaff, was a Swiss-born, German-educated Protestant theologian and a Church historian who spent most of his adult life living and teaching in the United States.
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Is the book unabashedly Christian in its approach? Yes, again. Schaff writes as a Christian with a deep appreciation for the providence of God in preserving and increasing the church on this earth. But is this bad? Certainly not if it does not blind the author to the human imperfections and frailties that inevitably beset the church militant. And Schaff does not write as someone who is blind. He readily acknowledges the faults of those who have been part of Christ's body throughout the ages.
Does Schaff's Protestant perspective influence his descriptions and conclusions? Undoubtedly. Nevertheless, he is fully aware of the weaknesses of those who stood at the fountainhead of the Reformation, even as he is willing to admit the strong points of the Roman Catholic Church.
But all of this is simply a way of stating that the weaknesses (real or perceived) in Schaff's "History of the Christian Church" are not such as to render it valueless. None of this is reason to wade through eight volumes of detailed history. So, why read Schaff? Simply because, despite its aforementioned limitations, it is still one of the most complete histories of the church available. Written in a clear and lively style, "History of the Christian Church" will more than reward the student of church history who is willing to take the time and make the effort to read what one of the truly great church historians of all times has compiled for our benefit.
This set easily gets 5 stars, it is essential to any Christian library.
Anyone who may have trouble with the few Hebrew and Greek words but really want to understand this in 'History of the Christian Church' might want to get a decent Bible Expository Dictionary, unless you are intrested enough in adding a few Lexicon TLOT/TLNT Hendrickson, TDOT/TDNT Kittel, NIDOTT and Exegesis/NIDNTT Zondervan, which can get very costly, but worth it if you are that intrested in furthering your studies. But if cost is a factor, definatly get a Bible Expository Dictionary which range usually between $15 to $30, unlike the latter which can go as high as over $800 to $1000.
Here are a few I found at amazon which I have myself if anyone is that intrested in the Hebrew and Greek.
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index Strongs numrical
Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew And Greek Texts Strongs numrical
Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words GK numrical with Strongs numrical
Theological Lexicon Set (6 VOLUMES) Strongs numrical
Among Philip Schaffs other great works such as 'Creeds Of Christendom' and the monsterous volume work 'The Early Church Fathers' for example are...
Creeds of Christendom
The Early Church Fathers
which help fill in the blanks and give more, fuller details to alot of places that were lightly touched on in 'History of the Christian Church'. So if you really enjoy this work I highly recommend the other works as well.
Alittle back ground, Philip Schaff (1819-1893) was a German Reformed church historian, born in Switzerland. He was educated at Tubingen, Halle, and Berlin, and later took a position as Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
Schaff bases his work on the premise that church history in order to be valid and valuable must deal with three factors:
1. God through Christ,
2. man as a responsible moral creature, and
3. satan as a real being employing the anti-Christ as his agent at the end of time.
For anyone intrested in this study but finds this a bit dry to read, might be intrested in the A&E 2 DVD documentry: Christianity the first 2000 Years. Although the DVD is not nearly as thourough as this work by Philip Schaff, it will help give you some visuals to make reading much more in depth and thought-provoking.
Sold here at amazon Christianity-The First Two Thousand Years
Still intrested in this fine work of historical knowledge on Christianity, the chapter contents are as follow to give you something to look forward in your studies...
[*] Volume I
CHAPTER I. PREPARATION FOR CHRISTIANITY.
CHAPTER II. JESUS CHRIST.
CHAPTER III. THE APOSTOLIC AGE.
CHAPTER IV. ST. PETER AND THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS.
CHAPTER V. ST. PAUL AND THE CONVERSION OF THE GENTILES.
CHAPTER VI. THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
CHAPTER VII. ST. JOHN, AND THE LAST STADIUM OF THE APOSTOLIC PERIOD - THE CONSOLIDATION OF JEWISH AND GENTILE CHRISTIANITY.
CHAPTER VIII. CHRISTIAN LIFE IN THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER IX. WORSHIP IN THE APOSTOLIC AGE.
CHAPTER X. ORGANIZATION OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER XI. THEOLOGY OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER XII. THE NEW TESTAMENT.
[*] Volume II
A.D. 100-311 (325).
CHAPTER I: Spread of Christianity.
CHAPTER II: Persecution of Christianity and Christian Martyrdom.
CHAPTER III. Literary Contest of Christianity with Judaism and Heathenism.
CHAPTER IV: Organization and Discipline of the Church.
CHAPTER V: Christian Worship.
CHAPTER VI: Christian Art.
CHAPTER VII: The Church in the Catacombs.
CHAPTER VIII: The Christian Life in Contrast with Pagan Corruption.
CHAPTER IX: Ascetic Tendencies.
CHAPTER X: Montanism.
CHAPTER XI: The Heresies of the Ante-Nicene Age.
CHAPTER XII: The Development of Catholic Theology.
CHAPTER XIII: Ecclesiastical Literature of the Ante-Nicene Age, and Biographical Sketches of the Church Fathers.
[*] Volume III
THE CHURCH IN UNION WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE
FROM CONSTANTINE THE GREAT TO GREGORY THE GREAT. A.D. 311-590.
Addenda (5th ed.)
CHAPTER I. DOWNFALL OF HEATHENISM AND VICTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
CHAPTER II. THE LITERARY TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY OVER GREEK AND ROMAN HEATHENISM.
CHAPTER III. ALLIANCE OF CHURCH AND STATE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC MORALS AND RELIGION.
CHAPTER IV. MONASTICISM.
CHAPTER V. THE HIERARCHY AND POLITY OF THE CHURCH.
CHAPTER VI. CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND SCHISMS.
CHAPTER VII. PUBLIC WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS AND CEREMONIES.
CHAPTER VIII. CHRISTIAN ART.
CHAPTER IX. THEOLOGY. DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECUMENICAL ORTHODOXY.
I. - The Trinitarian Controversies.
II. - The Origenistic Controversies.
III. - The Christological Controversies.
IV. - The Anthropological Controversies.
CHAPTER X. CHURCH FATHERS, AND THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE.
I.--The Greek Fathers.
II.--The Latin Fathers.
List of Popes and Emporers.
[*] Volume IV
From Gregory I to Gregory VII
From A. D. 590 -1517.
CHAPTER I. General Introduction to Mediaeval Church History
THE CHURCH AMONG THE BARBARIANS
From Gregory I. To Gregory VII.
A. D. 590 - 1049 (1073).
CHAPTER II. The Conversion of the Northern and Western Barbarians.
I. The Conversion of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
II. The Conversion of France, Germany, and Adjacent Countries.
III. The Conversion of Scandanavis.
IV. The Christianization of the Slavs.
CHAPTER III. Mohammedanism in its Relation to Christianity.
CHAPTER IV. The Papal Hierarchy and the Holy Roman Empire.
CHAPTER V. The Conflict of the Eastern and Western Churches and Their Separation.
CHAPTER VI. Morals and Religion.
CHAPTER VII. Monasticism.
CHAPTER VIII. Church Discipline.
CHAPTER IX. Church and State.
CHAPTER X. Worship and Ceremonies.
CHAPTER XI. Doctrinal Controversies.
CHAPTER XII. Heretical Sects.
CHAPTER XIII. The State of Learning.
CHAPTER XIV. Biographical Sketches of Ecclesiastical Writers.
[*] Volume V
FROM GREGORY VII. TO BONIFACE VIII. A. D. 1049-1294.
CHAPTER I. THE HILDEBRANDIAN POPES. A.D. 1049-1073.
CHAPTER II. GREGORY VII, 1073-1085.
CHAPTER III. THE PAPACY FROM THE DEATH OF GREGORY VII. TO THE CONCORDAT OF WORMS. A.D. 1085-1122.
CHAPTER IV. THE PAPACY FROM THE CONCORDAT OF WORMS TO INNOCENT III. A.D. 1122-1198.
CHAPTER V. INNOCENT III. AND HIS AGE. A.D. 1198-1216.
CHAPTER VI. THE PAPACY FROM THE DEATH OF INNOCENT III. TO BONIFACE VIII. 1216-1294.
CHAPTER VII. THE CRUSADES.
CHAPTER VIII. THE MONASTIC ORDERS.
CHAPTER IX. MISSIONS.
CHAPTER X. HERESY AND ITS SUPPRESSION.
CHAPTER XI. UNIVERSITIES AND CATHEDRALS.
CHAPTER XII. SCHOLASTIC AND MYSTIC THEOLOGY.
CHAPTER XIII. SCHOLASTICISM AT ITS HEIGHT.
CHAPTER XIV. THE SACRAMENTAL SYSTEM.
CHAPTER XV. POPE AND CLERGY.
CHAPTER XVI. POPULAR WORSHIP AND SUPERSTITION.
[*] Volume VI
FROM BONIFACE VIII. TO MARTIN LUTHER. A.D. 1294-1517.
The Sixth Period of Church History.
CHAPTER I. THE DECLINE OF THE PAPACY AND THE AVIGNON EXILE. A.D. 1294-1377.
CHAPTER II. THE PAPAL SCHISM AND THE REFORMATORY COUNCILS. 1378-1449.
CHAPTER III. LEADERS OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT.
CHAPTER IV. THE GERMAN MYSTICS.
CHAPTER V. REFORMERS BEFORE THE REFORMATION.
CHAPTER VI. THE LAST POPES OF THE MIDDLE AGES. 1447-1521
CHAPTER VII. HERESY AND WITCHCRAFT.
CHAPTER VIII. THE RENAISSANCE.
CHAPTER IX. THE PULPIT AND POPULAR PIETY.
CHAPTER X. THE CLOSE OF THE MIDDLE AGES.
[*] Volume VII
HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION.
1517 - 1648.
CHAPTER I. ORIENTATION. mediaeval and modern christianity
THE GERMAN REFORMATION TILL THE DIET OF AUGSBURG, 1517-1530.
CHAPTER II. LUTHER'S TRAINING FOR THE REFORMATION, (l483-1517).
CHAPTER III. THE GERMAN REFORMATION FROM THE PUBLICATION OF LUTHER'S THESES TO THE DIET OF WORMS, (1517-1521).
CHAPTER IV. THE GERMAN REFORMATION FROM THE DIET OF WORMS TO THE PEASANTS' WAR, (1521-1525).
CHAPTER V. THE INNER DEVELOPMENT OF THE REFORMATION FROM THE
PEASANTS' WAR TO THE DIET OF AUGSBURG, (1525-1530).
CHAPTER VI. PROPAGATION AND PERSECUTION OF PROTESTANTISM.
CHAPTER VII. THE SACRAMENTARIAN CONTROVERSIES.
CHAPTER VIII. THE POLITICAL SITUATION BETWEEN 1526 AND 1529.
CHAPTER IX. THE DIET AND CONFESSION OF AUGSBURG. (1530).
[*] Volume VIII
THE SWISS REFORMATION.
CHAPTER I. Introduction.
CHAPTER II. Zwingli's training. A.D. 1484-1519.
CHAPTER III. The Reformation in Zürich. 1519-1526.
CHAPTER IV. Spread of the Reformation in German Switzerland and the Grisons.
CHAPTER V. The civil and religious war between the Roman Catholic and Reformed Cantons.
CHAPTER VI. The Period of Consolidation.
THE REFORMATION IN FRENCH SWITZERLAND, OR THE CALVINISTIC MOVEMENT.
CHAPTER VII. The preparatory work. from 1526 to 1536.
CHAPTER VIII. John Calvin and his work.
CHAPTER IX. From France to Switzerland. 1509-1536.
CHAPTER X. Calvin's first sojourn and labors in Geneva. 1536-1538.
CHAPTER XI. Calvin in Germany. from 1538 to 1541.
CHAPTER XII. Calvin's second sojourn and labors in Geneva. 1541-1564.
CHAPTER XIII. Constitution and discipline of the Church of Geneva.
CHAPTER XIV. The Theology of Calvin.
CHAPTER XV. Doctrinal controversies.
CHAPTER XVI. Servetus: his life, trial, and execution.
CHAPTER XVII. Calvin abroad.
CHAPTER XVIII. Closing scenes in the life of Calvin.
CHAPTER XIX. Theodore Beza.