Church History In Plain Language

 

Church History In Plain Language

 

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Theology can be dull, or much worse, it can be ruthless. In Christianity, however, the answer to bad theology can never be no theology. It must be good theology. God gave us minds, and surely he expects us to use them in thinking about his truth.

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Heretics, in fact, served the church in an unintended way. Their pioneering attempts to state the truth forced the church to shape “good theology”—a rounded systematic statement of biblical revelation.

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In one sense, of course, Christians created the canon. Their decisions concerning the books were a part of history. In another sense, however, they were only recognising those writings that had made their authority felt in the churches. The shape of the New Testament shows that the early churches’ primary aim was to submit fully to the teachin... View Quote


The most treasured hymns of the church have always treated Christ as an Object of Worship. We find the beating heart of Christian experience not in the church’s creed but in its music.

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If Luther’s ultimate text was “the just shall live by faith,” Calvin’s was, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Calvin saw the old doctrine of predestination—taught by Paul, Augustine, and Luther—as a source of religious devotion. More than a problem of the mind, Calvin considered divine election to eternal l... View Quote


In a sense England had two reformations, a constitutional one under King Henry VIII (1509-1547) and a theological one under the Puritans almost a century later.

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The mere fact of separation does not of itself constitute schism. It is possible to be divided at many points and still be united in Christ.

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Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night;
God said, “Let Newton be!” and all was light.

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