By Carter Lindberg
Charting the increase and improvement of Christianity, Carter Lindberg has succeeded in writing a concise and compelling historical past 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. levels 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 id from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers issues primary to knowing the process Western Christianity, together with the expansion of the papacy, heresy and schism, reformation and counter-reformation.Includes an advent to the historiography of Christianity, a notice at the difficulties of periodization, an appendix on theological phrases, and an invaluable bibliography.An authoritative but succinct historical past, written to entice a basic viewers in addition to scholars of the historical past of Christianity.Written by means of the world over looked theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church background.
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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. Here again we see the influence of Neoplatonism. Being itself is the highest good; to turn away from the highest good, from Being, is to turn toward non-being. Augustine was thus using Hellenistic philosophy to express to his audience the biblical view that sin is not just breaking rules or laws but breaking relationships by turning away from God and the neighbor, breaking the chain of being.
Some, however, have suggested that the profound pessimism concerning created nature inculcated by Manichaeism influenced Augustine’s later doctrine of sin. Augustine’s search for philosophical certainty was aided by his discovery of Neoplatonism. Instead of the forces of good and evil, Neoplatonism spoke of being and non-being. In this schema, evil is seen as a defect, a lack of being. Persons are pulled downward or direct their attention downward away from being toward non-being, and therefore are not what they ought to be.
Now, if the distinctive essence of Christianity consists in the fact that in it all religious emotions are related to the redemption wrought by Jesus of Nazareth, there will be two ways in which heresy can arise . . ” Schleiermacher continues by positing that each option has two basic forms. , those defining human nature in ways that preclude redemption) either conceive of human nature as so intrinsically good that redemption is not necessary or as so intrinsically evil that redemption is impossible.
A Brief History of Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Carter Lindberg