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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 historical past, this huge compilation of historiographical scholarship calls on 10 eminent experts to study major achievements that during the last century have formed present figuring out of the multifaceted church.The booklet necessarily honors the reminiscence of Philip Schaff, the good nineteenth century church historian who laid the principles of the self-discipline in the USA and in 1888 based the ASCH. In studying the main subfields of church background, a lot of which Schaff pioneered himself within the united states, the essayists discover such issues as early Christianity, the medieval church, the Reformation, American non secular liberty, creeds and liturgies, and ecumenism.The anthology comprises 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 USA: 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 reports, 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 subject matters addressed during this publication are the key matters of church background at the present time. The essays supply a severe survey of significant advancements within the varied fields during the last century, discussing the students and guides that introduced new info to mild or replaced the overall knowing of church background by means of contributing clean interpretations. In bringing readers modern in church background by way of surveying benchmark contributions in all the targeted parts surveyed, the participants search to orient historians and stimulate colleagues towards additional research of a typical past.A universal thread operating via all of those essays, Bowden notes, "is the popularity that we're heirs to an enormous switch in historic self-understanding. Over the process a century now we have moved from perspectives the place background taught classes of exclusivist rectitude to an appreciation of shared background and mutual development." appendixes offer broad old info in regards to the society itself.

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Chesnut 36 "The Gold of Catholicity" Reflections on a Century of American Study of Medieval Church History Bernard McGinn 74 Reformation Studies Robert M. Kingdon 98 Immigration and American Christianity A History of Their Histories Jay P. Dolan 119 Civil Authority and Religious Freedom in America Philip Schaff on the United States as a Christian Nation John F. Wilson 148 To the Ends of the Earth American Protestants in Pursuit of Mission Gerald H. Anderson 168 Liturgical and Credal Studies Aidan Kavanagh 216 Ecumenical Studies John T.

It is clear that denominational and confessional provenance has played an important part in the "roots trips" of American Reformation scholarship, with Lutherans writing on Luther, Presbyterians on Calvin, Mennonites on Menno Simons, and the like. Perhaps the most far-reaching change in Reformation study during the past generation has been the discovery of the close connection between the Reformation and the later Middle Ages, resulting in the interaction between confessional prejudice and ecumenical or Romantic sensitivity in shaping medieval studies in America.

Each one of these authors provides guidelines to vital changes that have occurred in segmented categories of ecclesiastical experience. Though written independently, these essays nevertheless touch upon several constants that are worth mentioning in a summary introduction. One of the most striking of these common emphases is the importance of German scholarship. In the decades leading up to 1888 German historians were much more influential than their French or English counterparts in shaping academic life in North America.

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