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A Century of church history: the legacy of Philip Schaff by Professor Henry W. Bowden

By Professor Henry W. Bowden

In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the yankee Society of Church background, this enormous compilation of historiographical scholarship calls on 10 eminent experts to study major achievements that over the last century have formed present realizing of the multifaceted church.The booklet necessarily honors the reminiscence of Philip Schaff, the nice nineteenth century church historian who laid the principles of the self-discipline in the US and in 1888 based the ASCH. In analyzing the most important subfields of church heritage, lots of which Schaff pioneered himself within the united states, the essayists discover such themes as early Christianity, the medieval church, the Reformation, American non secular liberty, creeds and liturgies, and ecumenism.The anthology contains David W. Lotz, "Philip Schaff and the assumption of Church History"; Robert M. Kingdon, "Reformation Studies"; John F. Wilson, "Civil Authority and non secular Freedom in the United States: Philip Schaff at the usa as a Christian Nation"; and Aidan Kavanagh, "Liturgical and Credal Studies"; Henry W. Bowden, "The First Century: Institutional improvement and concepts in regards to the Profession"; Glenn F. Chesnut, "A Century of Patristic reviews, 1888–1988"; Bernard McGinn, "The Gold of Catholicity": Reflections on a Century of yank examine of Medieval Church History"; Jay P. Dolan, "Immigration and American Christianity: A background in their Histories"; Gerald H. Anderson, "To the Ends of the Earth: American Protestants in Pursuit of Mission"; and John T. Ford, "Ecumenical Studies."The issues addressed during this ebook are the most important matters of church heritage this present day. The essays supply a serious survey of significant advancements within the varied fields during the last century, discussing the students and courses that introduced new details to gentle or replaced the overall realizing of church background by way of contributing clean interpretations. In bringing readers modern in church historical past through surveying benchmark contributions in all the detailed parts surveyed, the individuals search to orient historians and stimulate colleagues towards extra research of a standard past.A universal thread operating via all of those essays, Bowden notes, "is the popularity that we're heirs to a huge switch in historic self-understanding. Over the process a century we've moved from perspectives the place background taught classes of exclusivist rectitude to an appreciation of shared historical past and mutual development." appendixes supply wide ancient facts in regards to the society itself.

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D. degree in Germany, Schaff had been teaching in America for over three decades: from 1844 to 1863 at the Mercersburg seminary, and from 1870 (until his death) at Union Seminary. Throughout these years he remained America's chief mediator of German theology and religious thought, not only to his students and colleagues, but to a wider audience in church and society as well. 17 Schaff, in sum, was America's leading theological interpreter and representative of the epoch-making "historicism" that took its rise in Germany in the later eighteenth century under the influence of Justus Möser and, above all, J.

Most of us who teach (and defend) that interest have at one time or another quoted the words of Psalm 143:5, "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the works of thy hands," to justify it. Those words have stood, in one language or another, on the pages of everyone's Psalter throughout the centuries, but not everyone has drawn from them the conclusion that the chronological review of the history of the church, with its institutions, practices, and beliefs, is a key to the understanding of the church and the gospel.

27 The church historian, accordingly, must reckon with the real presence of Christ in every age of the church, even those that appear most benighted. No theory of a "general apostasy'' during any period is tenable, since the soul has never abandoned his body. 29 Among baptized Christians there are also hypocrites and unbelievers, whose relationship to the church is merely external and nominal. Thus the "visible" or, as Schaff preferred to call it, the "mixed" church must be distinguished from the "invisible" or "pure" church, the latter being composed of all who truly live in union with Christ.

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