Christianity Through the Centuries, Expanded Third EditionChristianity Through the Centuries, Expanded Third Edition
Earle Cairns
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This third edition of Christianity Through The Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990's. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5). New photos. Over 100 photos in all-more than twice the number in the previous edition. Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look. Improved maps (21) and charts (39). From a conservative viewpoint for the student/advanced lay person. Contains an index, end notes, and suggestions for further reading. Earle E. Cairns, professor emeritus of Wheaton College, is a graduate of Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha (Th.B.) and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D.). He is a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History. He taught at Wheaton for thirty-five years and was department chairman for much of that time. He was consulting editor for the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church.

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    Charts, Maps, Pictures and Credits


    The Spread of Christianity in the Empire to 100
    1.    The Fullness of Time
    2.    On This Rock
    3.    To the Jew First
    4.    Also to the Greek
    5.    The Books and the Parchments
    6.    With Bishops and the Deacons

    The Struggle of the Old Catholic Imperial Church for Survival, 100-313
    7.    Christ to Caesar
    8.    Fables or Sound Doctrine
    9.    Earnestly Contending for the Faith
    10.    The Church Closes Ranks

    The Supremacy of the Old Catholic Imperial Church, 313-590
    11.  The Church faces the Empire and the Barbarians
    12.    Conciliar Controversy and Creedal Development
    13.    The Golden Age of Church Fathers
    14.    The Christianity of the Cloisters
    15.    Hierarchical and Liturgical Developments


    The Rise of the Empire and Latin-Teutonic Christianity, 590-800
    16.    The First Medieval Pope
    17.    Christian Losses and Expansion
    18.    The Revival of Imperialism in the West

    Ebb and Flow in Relationships Between Church and State, 800-1054
    19.    The Emergence of the Holy Roman Empire
    20.    Revival and Schism in the Church

    The Supremacy of the Papacy, 1054-1305
    21.    The Zenith of Papal Power
    22.    Crusaders and Reformers
    23.    Medieval Learning and Worship

    Medieval Sunset and Modern Sunrise, 1305-1517
    24.    Attempts at Internal Reform
    25.    The Papacy Faces External Opposition

    Reformation and Counter-Reformation, 1517-1648
    26.    The Background of Reformation
    27.    Luther and the German Reformation
    28.    The Reformation in Switzerland
    29.    The Reformed Faith Outside Switzerland
    30.    The Reformation and Puritanism in England
    31.    Counter-Reformation and Evaluation

    Rationalism, Revivalism, and Denominationalism, 1648-1789
    32.    The Establishment of Christianity in North America
    33.    Rationalism, Revivalism, and Roman Catholicism

    Revivalism, Missions, Missions, and Modernism, 1789-1914
    34.    Roman Catholic Victories and Vicissitudes
    35.    Religion and Reform in Great Britain and Europe
    36.    Foes of the Faith
    37.    The American Church in the National Era

    Church and Society in Tension Since 1914
    38.    The Church in Changing World Culture
    39.    The Decline of Liberal, Neo-Orthodox, and Radical Theologies
    40.    The Rise of Ecumenical Organization
    41.    Evangelical Unity in Diversity
    42.    Decline and Expansion in Church Growth

    Conclusion:  Problems, Patterns, and Prospects

    Excerpted from Christianity Through the Centuries, Third Edition - Revised and Expanded by Earle Cairns.
    Zondervan, 1996
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