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The Penguin History of the Church

This first volume of the penguin history of the church looks at the beginning of the Christian movement during the first centuries AD and at the explosive force of its expansion throughout the Roman world. Drawing on recent historical research, Professor Henry Chadwock shows how Christianity had its roots in a synthesis of contemporary ideas and beliefs, and analyses the causes of its persecution under Diocletian, the fanaticism of its martyrs and its bitter internal controversies. The conversion of Constantine and the edict of Theodosius meant that the church had to reconcile its spiritual duties with a new, worldly role as an "established church" for good government throughout the empire, and Professor Chadwick completes his history by demonstrating how this conflict of responsiblilties led to the emergence of the papacy and the monastic movement, the twin pillars of Christianity in the Middle Ages.
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Part 1 From Jerusalem to Rome: the Jewish background; the earliest church; the Gentile Church; encounter with the Roman empire. Part 2 Faith and order: the bonds of unity; gnosticism; the ministry and the Bible; forms of the ministry. Part 3 Expansion and growth: causes of success; the geographical extension of the Church; the defence of the faith. Part 4 Justin and Irenaeus: Justin Martyr; Irenaeus. Part 5 Easter, the monarchian controversy, and tertullian: Easter; the monarchian controversy; tertullian. Part 6 Clement of Alexandria and Origen: Clement of Alexandria; Origen. Part 7 Church, state and society in the 3rd century: the pagan revival and the persecution of Decius; Cyprian; the great persecution and its consequences. Part 8 Constantine and the council of Nicaea. Part 9 The Arian controversy after the council of Nicaea: from Nicaea to the death of Constantine; the Church under the sons of Constantine; from Julian to Theodosius I. Part 10 The conflict of paganism and Christianity in the 4th century. Part 11 Church, state and society from Julian to Theodosius. Part 12 The ascetic movement. Part 13 The controversy about Origen and the tragedy of John Chrysostom. Part 14 The problem of the person of Christ: Diodore, Theodore, and Apollinaris; Cyril and Nestorius; the "Monophysite" council of Ephesus and reaction at Chalcedon; the search for reconciliation; the doctrine of one will. Part 15 The development of Latin Christian thought: Jerome and the beginnings of maturity; the conversion of Augustine; the Donatist schism and the problem of coercion; "The City of God" and the Pelagian controversy; the holy trinity. Part 16 The papacy. Part 17 The Church and the Barbarians. Part 18 Worship and art: liturgy; daily offices; early Church music; Christian art.

About the Author

Reverend Henry Chadwick is a former Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and has been a Regius Professor at both Oxford and Cambridge. He is also an ordained Anglican priest.

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