Church history or ecclesiastical history as an academic discipline studies the history of Christianity and the way the Christian Church has developed since its inception.
The mother church of Christendom, after so glorious a beginning, grew mightily, both inwardly and outwardly, and at first found great favor with the people, (Acts 2:47), for the purity of its walk, and the glow of its first love and benevolence, which reached even to a community of goods.
Christianity transforms the whole moral life of individuals, and of nations; breathes into morality its true life, love to God; and ceases not till all sin is banished from the earth, and holiness, which is essential to the idea of the church, is fully realized in the life of redeemed humanity.
The object of this General Introduction is, to obtain a clear view of the nature and purpose of Church History, and thus to gain the proper position for the contemplation of its details.
The anti-traditionalist movement has distorted the view of European history to such a degree that many have forgotten its greatness and foundational values. Ideas that people now consider secular are deeply rooted in Christianity. For example, it was Christianity that introduced humanity the principle of equality and the value of a human being, regardless of class, gender, and race.
There is a grim, ongoing culture war between mainly two forces. Western culture is torn between those who think that it is rational to keep traditional and historical values and those who think that the only sensible thing is to alter society in an increasingly anti-Christian, extreme liberal direction.
First Century AD Christianity found itself at odds with the culture, which dominated the Roman Empire at the time. Just as the Jewish Maccabees rejected the Greek culture two centuries before, so did the early Christians who would not pay homage to other gods or to the Roman Emperor. This brought about a clash of... Continue Reading →