The History of the Church

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A&C Black, 10 avr. 2003 - 307 pages
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Is church history a totally and exclusively historical discipline or is it a theological one as well? This book contends that it is both, that the viewpoints of history and theology are not contradictory but are at once distinct and conjoined: distinct as to approach and method but conjoined in comprehension. In line with the general approach of the AMATECA Handbooks of Catholic Theology, this book offers an overview of the history of the church from a theological perspective.The first and last chapters present a theological view of church history drawn from the work of such thinkers as Jean Danielou, Gaston Fessard, Charles Journet, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. The second chapter is epistemological and methodological. Chapters 3 to 13 lucidly present the unfolding history of the church as a series of challenges--of the Barbarians, of Feudalism, of Lay Thought, of Ideologies and Cultures. Chapters 14 and 15, in a different key, sketch the variety of Eastern Churches and the forms of Protestantism."This will be a history of the high points. These events, from challenge to challenge, from shocks and tremors to recovery, through conversion and successive integration, give a kind of rhythm to this tale where the believer will always be able to distinguish between the wheat and the chaff and so discover the finger of God writing on the sands of time."--Guy Bedouelle>
 

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Table des matières

The Purpose of this Book
1
The Christian View of Time
5
Church History Viewed as a Discipline
15
The Church and the Challenge of Universality
35
The Church and the Challenge of the Barbarians
51
The Church and the Challenge of Feudalism
59
The Church and the Challenge of Secular Thought
69
The Church and the Challenge of the Renaissance
83
The Church and the Challenge of the Enlightenment
123
The Church and the Challenge of the Revolutions
135
The Church and the Challenge of Ideologies
145
The Church and the Challenge of Cultures
165
The Eastern Churches
187
Forms of Protestantism
215
Can Church History be Interpreted Theologically?
253
Select Bibliography
265

The Church and the Challenge of the Reformation
95
The Church and the Challenge of Absolutism
109
Index
277
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Guy Bedouelle teaches at the University of Fribourg.

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