The aim of this book is as modest as it is ambitious. It sees itself both as a manual of the history of the church and as an essay. The manual is of service to the students of theology and at the same time lays open to them the problems linked to the subject of their studies. The first and foremost aim of the book however is to offer an overall view of the 2000 years of the history of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. It is the history of hights and failures, of incidents and devents as reactions to the different changes to the faith and the church. It is the story of breakdowns leading to new starts, of conversions and continous building up, and this gives the story that has a particular rhythm, against which the believer always tries to separate the wheat from the chaff, as a means to discover the finger of God, who writes in the sand of history. From that point of view the book is an essay in the true sense of the word.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 240 Vendor: Continuum International Publication Date: 2003
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>
Availability: Available to ship on or about 01/10/14. You may order this item now and we will ship it to you when it arrives. If you are charging this purchase to a credit card, you will not be charged for this item and its portion of your shipping charges until it is shipped.