A Key to the Knowledge of Church History (Ancient)

A Key to the Knowledge of Church History (Ancient)

This Volume offers to the reader a short and condensed account of the origin, growth, and condition of the Church in all parts of the world, from the time of our Lord down to the end of the fifteenth century, the narrative being compressed into as small a compass as is consistent with a readable form.

In such a work the reader will not, of course, expect to find any full and detailed account of so vast a subject as Pre-Reformation Church History. Its object is rather to sketch out the historical truth about each Church, and to indicate the general principles on which further inquiry may be conducted by those who have the opportunity of making it.

It is hoped that those whose circumstances do not admit of an extended study of the subject will find in the following pages a clear, though condensed, view of the periods and Churches treated of; and that those whose reading is of a less limited range will be put in possession of certain definite lines of thought, by which they may be guided in reading the statements of more elaborate histories.

It may be added, that the writer’s stand-point throughout has been that of a loyal attachment to the Church of England, as the authorized exponent and upholder of Catholic doctrine for English people.

M. F. B. P.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH AMONG THE JEWS II. THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH AMONG THE HEATHEN III. THE EXTENSION OF THE CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IV. FINAL SETTLEMENT OF THE CHURCH BY ST. JOHN V. THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH VI. THE CHURCH UNDER THE ROMAN EMPIRE VII. THE EARLY HISTORY OF PARTICULAR CHURCHES VIII. THE INROADS OF MAHOMETANISM IX. THE DIVISION BETWEEN EAST AND WEST X. THE CHURCH OF THE MIDDLE AGES XI. THE MEDIAEVAL HISTORY OF CONTINENTAL CHURCHES XII. THE MEDIAEVAL CHURCH IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

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