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Overview Widely recognized as one of the finest church histories available, Schaff's work is ''history with a soul as well as a body,'' seasoning necessary facts and dates with the ruling ideas and principles of each period, beginning with apostolic Christianity and ending with the Swiss Reformation. Includes notes, bibliographies, an index, maps, and charts.
Philip Schaff (1819-1893) wrote one of the finest histories of the church available. His eight-volume work, which covers Christian history from the apostles to the Swiss Reformation, incorporates discussion of ideas and ideals throughout the history of the church with the requisite facts and figures for each period of history. Each volume contains maps, charts, notes, bibliographies, and an index.
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Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
ISBN 156563196X ISBN13 9781565631960
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More About Philip Schaff
Philip Schaff, was a Swiss-born, German-educated Protestant theologian and a Church historian who spent most of his adult life living and teaching in the United States.
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Any mechanic worth his salt knows he needs tools Aug 27, 2008
This 8 volume set by Philip Schaff is a masterpiece. Scholarship in the 19th century far surpassed what passes for most academic writing today. Well the above review gives the index. A casual perusal will give you a hint of the riches in these books. I doubt anyone would read them through cover to cover, but I use them for reference. Want to find out more about how the orthodox understanding of the trinity came about? It's here. Want to find out how the church got so involved in government and politics? It's here. Want to read about how the papal system developed? It's here. As things come up in discusions, it's ok not to know once. But the next time around, you should of come here already to find out a least an overview of the matter. It's a great tool.
Though the content is available online, I highly recommend the print version, as it is a lot of reading material and looks nice on the shelf. Like you know what you're talking about.
Excellent and exhaustive work! Dec 15, 2007
This is one of my favorite works by Philip Schaff. Written very well, with many footnotes giving all his sources and also keeping the Hebrew, Greek and Latin in tact were properly needed.
Anyone who may have trouble with the few Hebrew and Greek words but really want to understand this in 'History of the Christian Church' might want to get a decent Bible Expository Dictionary, unless you are intrested enough in adding a few Lexicon TLOT/TLNT Hendrickson, TDOT/TDNT Kittel, NIDOTT and Exegesis/NIDNTT Zondervan, which can get very costly, but worth it if you are that intrested in furthering your studies. But if cost is a factor, definatly get a Bible Expository Dictionary which range usually between $15 to $30, unlike the latter which can go as high as over $800 to $1000.
Here are a few I found at this site which I have myself if anyone is that intrested in the Hebrew and Greek.
Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words: With Topical Index Strongs numrical
Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew And Greek Texts Strongs numrical
Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words GK numrical with Strongs numrical
Theological Lexicon Set (6 VOLUMES) Strongs numrical
Among Philip Schaffs other great works such as 'Creeds Of Christendom' and the monsterous volume work 'The Early Church Fathers' for example are...
Creeds of Christendom
The Early Church Fathers
which help fill in the blanks and give more, fuller details to alot of places that were lightly touched on in 'History of the Christian Church'. So if you really enjoy this work I highly recommend the other works as well.
Alittle back ground, Philip Schaff (1819-1893) was a German Reformed church historian, born in Switzerland. He was educated at Tubingen, Halle, and Berlin, and later took a position as Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
Schaff bases his work on the premise that church history in order to be valid and valuable must deal with three factors:
1. God through Christ,
2. man as a responsible moral creature, and
3. satan as a real being employing the anti-Christ as his agent at the end of time.
For anyone intrested in this study but finds this a bit dry to read, might be intrested in the A&E 2 DVD documentry: Christianity the first 2000 Years. Although the DVD is not nearly as thourough as this work by Philip Schaff, it will help give you some visuals to make reading much more in depth and thought-provoking.
Sold here at this site Christianity-The First Two Thousand Years
Still intrested in this fine work of historical knowledge on Christianity, the chapter contents are as follow to give you something to look forward in your studies...
[*] Volume I
CHAPTER I. PREPARATION FOR CHRISTIANITY.
CHAPTER II. JESUS CHRIST.
CHAPTER III. THE APOSTOLIC AGE.
CHAPTER IV. ST. PETER AND THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS.
CHAPTER V. ST. PAUL AND THE CONVERSION OF THE GENTILES.
CHAPTER VI. THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
CHAPTER VII. ST. JOHN, AND THE LAST STADIUM OF THE APOSTOLIC PERIOD - THE CONSOLIDATION OF JEWISH AND GENTILE CHRISTIANITY.
CHAPTER VIII. CHRISTIAN LIFE IN THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER IX. WORSHIP IN THE APOSTOLIC AGE.
CHAPTER X. ORGANIZATION OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER XI. THEOLOGY OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
CHAPTER XII. THE NEW TESTAMENT.
[*] Volume II
A.D. 100-311 (325).
CHAPTER I: Spread of Christianity.
CHAPTER II: Persecution of Christianity and Christian Martyrdom.
CHAPTER III. Literary Contest of Christianity with Judaism and Heathenism.
CHAPTER IV: Organization and Discipline of the Church.
CHAPTER V: Christian Worship.
CHAPTER VI: Christian Art.
CHAPTER VII: The Church in the Catacombs.
CHAPTER VIII: The Christian Life in Contrast with Pagan Corruption.
CHAPTER IX: Ascetic Tendencies.
CHAPTER X: Montanism.
CHAPTER XI: The Heresies of the Ante-Nicene Age.
CHAPTER XII: The Development of Catholic Theology.
CHAPTER XIII: Ecclesiastical Literature of the Ante-Nicene Age, and Biographical Sketches of the Church Fathers.
[*] Volume III
THE CHURCH IN UNION WITH THE ROMAN EMPIRE
FROM CONSTANTINE THE GREAT TO GREGORY THE GREAT. A.D. 311-590.
Addenda (5th ed.)
CHAPTER I. DOWNFALL OF HEATHENISM AND VICTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
CHAPTER II. THE LITERARY TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY OVER GREEK AND ROMAN HEATHENISM.
CHAPTER III. ALLIANCE OF CHURCH AND STATE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC MORALS AND RELIGION.
CHAPTER IV. MONASTICISM.
CHAPTER V. THE HIERARCHY AND POLITY OF THE CHURCH.
CHAPTER VI. CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND SCHISMS.
CHAPTER VII. PUBLIC WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS AND CEREMONIES.
CHAPTER VIII. CHRISTIAN ART.
CHAPTER IX. THEOLOGY. DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECUMENICAL ORTHODOXY.
I. - The Trinitarian Controversies.
II. - The Origenistic Controversies.
III. - The Christological Controversies.
IV. - The Anthropological Controversies.
CHAPTER X. CHURCH FATHERS, AND THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE.
I.--The Greek Fathers.
II.--The Latin Fathers.
List of Popes and Emporers.
[*] Volume IV
From Gregory I to Gregory VII
From A. D. 590 -1517.
CHAPTER I. General Introduction to Mediaeval Church History
THE CHURCH AMONG THE BARBARIANS
From Gregory I. To Gregory VII.
A. D. 590 - 1049 (1073).
CHAPTER II. The Conversion of the Northern and Western Barbarians.
I. The Conversion of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
II. The Conversion of France, Germany, and Adjacent Countries.
III. The Conversion of Scandanavis.
IV. The Christianization of the Slavs.
CHAPTER III. Mohammedanism in its Relation to Christianity.
CHAPTER IV. The Papal Hierarchy and the Holy Roman Empire.
CHAPTER V. The Conflict of the Eastern and Western Churches and Their Separation.
CHAPTER VI. Morals and Religion.
CHAPTER VII. Monasticism.
CHAPTER VIII. Church Discipline.
CHAPTER IX. Church and State.
CHAPTER X. Worship and Ceremonies.
CHAPTER XI. Doctrinal Controversies.
CHAPTER XII. Heretical Sects.
CHAPTER XIII. The State of Learning.
CHAPTER XIV. Biographical Sketches of Ecclesiastical Writers.
[*] Volume V
FROM GREGORY VII. TO BONIFACE VIII. A. D. 1049-1294.
CHAPTER I. THE HILDEBRANDIAN POPES. A.D. 1049-1073.
CHAPTER II. GREGORY VII, 1073-1085.
CHAPTER III. THE PAPACY FROM THE DEATH OF GREGORY VII. TO THE CONCORDAT OF WORMS. A.D. 1085-1122.
CHAPTER IV. THE PAPACY FROM THE CONCORDAT OF WORMS TO INNOCENT III. A.D. 1122-1198.
CHAPTER V. INNOCENT III. AND HIS AGE. A.D. 1198-1216.
CHAPTER VI. THE PAPACY FROM THE DEATH OF INNOCENT III. TO BONIFACE VIII. 1216-1294.
CHAPTER VII. THE CRUSADES.
CHAPTER VIII. THE MONASTIC ORDERS.
CHAPTER IX. MISSIONS.
CHAPTER X. HERESY AND ITS SUPPRESSION.
CHAPTER XI. UNIVERSITIES AND CATHEDRALS.
CHAPTER XII. SCHOLASTIC AND MYSTIC THEOLOGY.
CHAPTER XIII. SCHOLASTICISM AT ITS HEIGHT.
CHAPTER XIV. THE SACRAMENTAL SYSTEM.
CHAPTER XV. POPE AND CLERGY.
CHAPTER XVI. POPULAR WORSHIP AND SUPERSTITION.
[*] Volume VI
FROM BONIFACE VIII. TO MARTIN LUTHER. A.D. 1294-1517.
The Sixth Period of Church History.
CHAPTER I. THE DECLINE OF THE PAPACY AND THE AVIGNON EXILE. A.D. 1294-1377.
CHAPTER II. THE PAPAL SCHISM AND THE REFORMATORY COUNCILS. 1378-1449.
CHAPTER III. LEADERS OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT.
CHAPTER IV. THE GERMAN MYSTICS.
CHAPTER V. REFORMERS BEFORE THE REFORMATION.
CHAPTER VI. THE LAST POPES OF THE MIDDLE AGES. 1447-1521
CHAPTER VII. HERESY AND WITCHCRAFT.
CHAPTER VIII. THE RENAISSANCE.
CHAPTER IX. THE PULPIT AND POPULAR PIETY.
CHAPTER X. THE CLOSE OF THE MIDDLE AGES.
[*] Volume VII
HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION.
1517 - 1648.
CHAPTER I. ORIENTATION. mediaeval and modern christianity
THE GERMAN REFORMATION TILL THE DIET OF AUGSBURG, 1517-1530.
CHAPTER II. LUTHER'S TRAINING FOR THE REFORMATION, (l483-1517).
CHAPTER III. THE GERMAN REFORMATION FROM THE PUBLICATION OF LUTHER'S THESES TO THE DIET OF WORMS, (1517-1521).
CHAPTER IV. THE GERMAN REFORMATION FROM THE DIET OF WORMS TO THE PEASANTS' WAR, (1521-1525).
CHAPTER V. THE INNER DEVELOPMENT OF THE REFORMATION FROM THE
PEASANTS' WAR TO THE DIET OF AUGSBURG, (1525-1530).
CHAPTER VI. PROPAGATION AND PERSECUTION OF PROTESTANTISM.
CHAPTER VII. THE SACRAMENTARIAN CONTROVERSIES.
CHAPTER VIII. THE POLITICAL SITUATION BETWEEN 1526 AND 1529.
CHAPTER IX. THE DIET AND CONFESSION OF AUGSBURG. (1530).
[*] Volume VIII
THE SWISS REFORMATION.
CHAPTER I. Introduction.
CHAPTER II. Zwingli's training. A.D. 1484-1519.
CHAPTER III. The Reformation in Zürich. 1519-1526.
CHAPTER IV. Spread of the Reformation in German Switzerland and the Grisons.
CHAPTER V. The civil and religious war between the Roman Catholic and Reformed Cantons.
CHAPTER VI. The Period of Consolidation.
THE REFORMATION IN FRENCH SWITZERLAND, OR THE CALVINISTIC MOVEMENT.
CHAPTER VII. The preparatory work. from 1526 to 1536.
CHAPTER VIII. John Calvin and his work.
CHAPTER IX. From France to Switzerland. 1509-1536.
CHAPTER X. Calvin's first sojourn and labors in Geneva. 1536-1538.
CHAPTER XI. Calvin in Germany. from 1538 to 1541.
CHAPTER XII. Calvin's second sojourn and labors in Geneva. 1541-1564.
CHAPTER XIII. Constitution and discipline of the Church of Geneva.
CHAPTER XIV. The Theology of Calvin.
CHAPTER XV. Doctrinal controversies.
CHAPTER XVI. Servetus: his life, trial, and execution.
CHAPTER XVII. Calvin abroad.
CHAPTER XVIII. Closing scenes in the life of Calvin.
CHAPTER XIX. Theodore Beza.
True historical writing Jan 25, 2007
Schaff's series is simply phenomenal. Why? Highly detailed work with a marvelous synthesization of human history and God's providence. Most Christian historians forget that history isn't about spitting out facts. History belong's to God and Schaff's great insight combines these important aspects to create a work that hides from nothing and reveals everything. His narrative is almost poetical at times. Schaff writes in a way that truly is beautiful. At times I wanted to read to my wife certain portions because it was so exquisite. It actually makes me disappointed in modern historical narrative.
All in all, Schaff is fair in not supressing truth but being blatantly honest of the Church's history. Reading this series can be nothing short of having a powerfully captivating, realistically depicting, lovingly woven history of the Church. This series is a great aide to me in understanding why I am where I am at today, and where I can change to be faithful to the Word of God and His will for the Church.
Read W Carroll and T Woods for balance Sep 10, 2006
First, let me admit that I have read only portions of Schaff's work, so the 4 stars are just a guess and s/b ignored. While I hesitate to write a review of anything I've not read, once again I'll make an exception.
The reason is that I have read the first four volumes of Warren Carroll's "History of Christendom" and especially recommend volume 4, "The Cleaving of Christendom" for balance.
If one sticks to non-Catholic authors, one is in danger of reading only half of history.
Also good for balance is Thomas Woods' "How the Catholic Church BUILT Western Civilization" (emphasis in original). Woods' book is delightful because it is mere history and makes no theological statements. However much is does not threaten anyone's theology, it is quite upsetting to most people's view of the historical role of Catholics.
Showing its age Dec 28, 2001
Let me begin by stating that I've read only the first volume of this set from cover to cover, having just sampled the others. My review is therefore a bit limited in its scope, particularly since the last volumes were written not by Philip Schaff but by his son, who may have imposed his own style and tone.
Overall I liked the first volume, but as a history of the church it has too many weaknesses to earn a high rating. First of all, Schaff was too much of a Christian to write dispassionately. The book often lapses into what is closer to apologetics than to history, and at times you can almost see him holding his nose when he has to write about (ugh!) pagans. Even more objectionable in my opinion is the presence of numerous passages such as the following:
"As religion is the deepest and holiest concern of man, the entrance of the Christian religion into history is the most momentous of all events. [...] Jesus Christ, the God-Man, the prophet, priest, and king of mankind, is, in fact, the centre and turning-point not only of chronology, but of all history, and the key to all its mysteries. Around him, as the sun of the moral universe, revolve at their several distances, all nations and all important events, in the religious life of the world; and all must, directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously, contribute to glorify his name and advance his cause." (pp. 56-57)
This is a panegyric on the Christian religion, not history. And yet Schaff tells us that "The historian must first lay aside all prejudice and party zeal ..." (p. 25)
Another drawback of this work is its age: it dates from about 1900. Age is not an issue in some forms of writing, but it is felt in this case. For example, Schaff tries to refute a date of 170 AD for the composition of John's Gospel, as was maintained by the Tubingen school in Germany. Decades after Schaff died, it was noticed that a papyrus fragment dating from the first half of the second century in fact contains a few partial verses of John, proving that the 170 AD date is untenable (see Bruce Metzger, "The Text of the New Testament"). Thus, although events proved Schaff correct in his judgment, someone reading only this book would be unaware of the most persuasive piece of evidence. Also, the bibliographic references, which Schaff clearly labored so hard on, are of course over a century old.
In summary, this work shows its age and is often tendentious. However, the reader can find in these volumes a treatment of almost every main personage and significant event in the history of the Christian church.