[ Pdf Documents of the Christian Church Ø new-york PDF ] by Henry Bettenson Ý A fantastic reference tool Documents of the Christian Church runs through primary documents from ancient Catholic ecclesiastical ordinances and papal bulls, to Protestant confessions of faith A great resource to have on the shelf, and a very insightful read Any lover of church history should definitely book this one up.
Brent McCulley This Fully Revised Edition Of Bettenson S Widely Acclaimed Volume Traces Christian History Through The Periods Of The Fathers, The Church In The Roman Empire, The Creeds, Ism, The Reformation, The Churches In Great Britain, And Roman Catholic Pronouncements Up To The Eve Of The Second Vatican Council This book is exactly what the title says it is, Documents of the Christian Church Bettenson takes parts of important Christian documents He also adds commentary, but wisely he uses that to give the reader settings to the documents He does not intentionally try to persuade the reader, but he undoubtedly chooses his texts from an Anglican perspective.
It took me one year and three months, but I ve finally finished this comprehensive survey of writings relating to the Christian Church that I bought for the Church History class I audited last Fall Reading just a little bit at a time eventually adds up This collection was originally compiled in 1943 and has been updated four times, most recently for this edition in 2011 It includes representative sections of key documents dating from the 1st century through the 21st, covering early Christianity, the Reformation, changes to denominations in the New World, Vatican II, ecumenism, liberation theology, and reactions of the modern church to racism, sexuality, LGBTQ congregants and ministers, and so much Each document gets a small introduction putting it into context, which was invaluable in allowing the reader to keep their bearings.
It s an odd book in that you only get a page or two from any single document, and it attempts to fit in reactions of a score of denominations to a score of issues and conflicts, over 2000 years Still, the bite sized chunks make this relatively easy to approach and what it loses in depth, it makes up in scope As an archivist, I always like reading the original sources, and Bettenson and Maunder deliver.
A fantastic reference tool Documents of the Christian Church runs through primary documents from ancient Catholic ecclesiastical ordinances and papal bulls, to Protestant confessions of faith A great resource to have on the shelf, and a very insightful read Any lover of church history should definitely book this one up.
Brent McCulley Helpful selection of theological and political sources that have shaped the church and the world I go back to it again and again, but some of the introductions need to be taken with a couple grains of salt.
Helpful selection of theological and political sources that have shaped the church and the world I go back to it again and again, but some of the introductions need to be taken with a couple grains of salt.
A very comprehensive compilation of the past 2000 years of the history of Christianity, seen through the various Christian writers through that time Broken down into both sections of periods of time as well as the major topics during those particular eras The only downside to this book is that you often find yourself reading fragments and wondering if the context of both the writing and the sitz im leben is doing you justice in interpreting the fragments This isn t the case for the whole book as there are certainly large portions of selected writings that give a much better idea of what the writer was trying to say Very helpful and informative.
Not a cover to cover book But a delightful Saturday night Sunday perusal for years Got a copy at a yard sale Later, gave it away to a good friend Later, got another copy at another yard sale after I had purchased the third edition, retail Ha God must really want me to have this old book Various writings of early church fathers to support their theological viewpoints In many cases these were letters of dispute, arguments crying heresy against another, defenses, responses to others My problem isn t with the letters, but with the editor and his obvious liberal theological point of view that comes off very lopsided failing to consider other ways of looking at the big picture.
I understand why it was needed to only include bits and pieces for this to be a manageable book, but often than not, I had to go hunting for the original source so that it could be in context.
I found this book at a book sale a couple of days ago, and interrupted my reading of a novel to explore it I didn t read it cover to cover and it probably wasn t intended to be read that way , although I read some sections carefully As someone who is interested in the Bible and its history, I was most interested in the earlier sections, the first non Biblical writings to mention Christ and Christianity After those pieces, the remainder of the book is mostly a history of doctrinal disputes, which brings into focus the fact that many of the doctrines which are now pretty much universally accepted by Christians the Trinity, the nature and divinity of Jesus, and even what writings constitute divine scripture were the subject of much debate and discussion during the first several centuries after Jesus death The now accepted doctrines represent the beliefs of the winners in those debates The losers often paid with their blood the early church had no qualms about executing heretics.
A useful collection of primary source documents for the study of church history Although although almost all these primary sources are freely available online now, a collection like this is still useful in providing a thematic selection of the most relevant documents, and also for the excellent introductory paragraphs before every document The twentieth century section was by necessity selective and unfortunately seemed influenced by Maunder s own convictions than the earlier sections the selection was heavily weighted towards the official positions of the historic mainline denominations at the expense of less established Christian organisations Little attention is given to evangelical perspectives.
This book is exactly what the title says it is, Documents of the Christian Church Bettenson takes parts of important Christian documents He also adds commentary, but wisely he uses that to give the reader settings to the documents He does not intentionally try to persuade the reader, but he undoubtedly chooses his texts from an Anglican perspective.