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Overview An introduction to the history of the Christian church from its inception to approximately 600, The Early Church seeks to balance the traditional presentation of notables, councils, and controversies by telling the story of the ordinary Christian during this era. Includes stories of ordinary lay Christians, especially women, and what Christian faith meant within the overall context of their lives.
An introduction to the history of the Christian church from its inception to approximately 600 C.E., this volume seeks to balance the traditional presentation of notable figures, councils, and controversies with the telling of the story of the ordinary Christian during this era. An important feature of this work is its attendance to the stories of ordinary lay Christians--particularly women--and what Christian faith meant within the overall context of their lives. Other emphases include the church's changing role in society during this period (and the fateful consequences those changes have had for modern Christians) and the development of early Christian spirituality.
Employing a socio-institutional approach, Hinson divides his material into five major periods: (1) Beginnings to 70 C.E. (2) 70-180, during which Christianity broadcast itself throughout the Roman Empire and beyond (3) 175-313, wherein the church achieved new status and came under official scrutiny as a threat to the empire (4) 313-400, in which the church faced the major challenge of Christianizing the empire now embracing it (5) 400-600, when the Germanic "invasions" led to a rift between East and West and posed new challenges to the church's survival and growth.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.36" Width: 5.73" Height: 0.97" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1995
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687006031 ISBN13 9780687006038
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Highest Quality Scholarship Nov 9, 2004
This is THE book one must have to guide oneself through the often complex history of Christianity. E. Glenn Hinson is recognized as one of the premier scholars of Church History, Christian Spirituality and New Testament. It is therefore no surprise that this work is among the most consulted by teachers of religious history and pastoral teachers. His style is such that the most uninformed can quickly be captivated by the the on-going story of Christianity, while providing a depth of knowledge that draws even the most noted teachers of church history back to its pages for confirmation and enlightenment. Hinson is a much respected Church Historian by scholars from Catholic, Main Stream Protestant and Evangelical traditions. The reader will understand quickly why he is so respected. There is no doubt of his love for Christ, for the church and for all peoples. This is a basic text with the full story expertly presented. A book for all levels of readers.
Good overview, but inaccurate on many details Feb 26, 2003
I would love to have given this book 5 stars, but I simply couldn't. While Hinson has done an outstanding job of simplifying the circumstances and controversies concering the early church, there are numerous inaccuracies. Without delving into them here, suffice it to say (with E. Ferguson et al) that this book is great for the big picture, not the minutae. I must, however, give Hinson credit where credit is due. He has written a great overview.
This book needs chronology and an index! Mar 14, 1999
While I found this book to be interesting, it was hard to follow and it most definitely needs an index!
Highly readable early Christianity with great insight Apr 24, 1998
I have personally done much research into what I consider the fascinating world of early Christianity in the post-apostolic period. Unfortunately, much of the literature written on the subject is either in archaic, stuffy style or in an arridly dry scholastic style. Hinson's treatment is a refreshing oasis in a veritable desert of book-paper dust. He has written a concise treatment of an important and lengthy period in the crucial-developmental stage of Christianity saying MORE than voluminous treatments on the subject. The writing is fluid and the pages turn ever so quickly all the while retaining the lessons being conveyed. Hinson also gives us fresh insights with a new angle of looking deeply into the conflicts and debates that arose in the early Christian community that formed the basis of what most Christians believe today. One would almost believe Hinson - in his former life - was a fly on the wall while all this was going on. I was so delighted and energized by reading Hinson's work that upon finishing it I searched for more works by this talented professor with a flair for turning a dry topic into a bubbly-tickle-in-your-nose experience. I do look forward to learning more from Hinson in the future.