By Carter Lindberg
Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling heritage of the world’s biggest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative background of Christianity for either the final reader and the start scholar.
- Ranges from the missionary trips of the apostles to the tele-evangelism of the twenty-first century.
- Demonstrates how the Christian neighborhood got and solid its identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.
- Covers themes basic to knowing the process Western Christianity, together with the expansion of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation.
- Includes an creation to the historiography of Christianity, a be aware at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.
- An authoritative but succinct background, written to entice a common viewers in addition to scholars of the historical past of Christianity.
- Written through across the world appeared theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of various titles on theology and Church history.
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Creatures, being incomplete, always desire their completeness. This leads to consideration of the opposition between loves, between caritas and cupiditas. Cupiditas is sin because it is misdirected love; it is love directed to inferior objects; it is curved down toward the earth rather than toward God. But God is above us, and thus we are to direct our love upward toward the good that is God. Earthly goods confuse us, and drag our love downwards toward them. Cupiditas then is the search for the good, which while good, is nevertheless incapable of providing final satisfaction.
The Development of Medieval Christendom 51 BHOC05 51 6/6/05, 10:33 AM Monasticism to Mission Monastic life exerted such influence that its significance is almost impossible to overestimate. The monastery provided a glimpse of order in the midst of the prevalent disorder of early medieval life so marked by dearth, disease, and death. It was a place for penitence, for refuge, for protection, and above all for the worship and collective prayer to obtain God’s favor in the combat against sin, death, and the devil.
330–79); in the West the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–ca. 560) dominated the development of “Benedictine” monasticism. In addition to the crucial recitation of psalms and prayers in eight daily services, the monasteries provided pastoral care, homes for “surplus” noble children, education, preservation of classical culture, promotion of civilization, and evangelization. Monasticism initially entered Europe via southern Gaul. Many bishops and even popes such as Gregory the Great came from the ranks of monks, and close ties between monastery and diocese 52 The Development of Medieval Christendom BHOC05 52 6/6/05, 10:33 AM promoted monastic expansion.
A brief history of Christianity by Carter Lindberg