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 greatest faith. He spans over 2,000 years of colourful incident to provide an authoritative background of Christianity for either the overall 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 cast its identification from its improvement of the Bible to the current day.Covers themes primary to realizing 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 background, written to attract a common viewers in addition to scholars of the historical past of Christianity.Written by means of across the world appeared theologian, Carter Lindberg, who's the writer of diverse titles on theology and Church historical past.
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Leo insisted that in Jesus there are two natures complete in one person, God and man. How this can be, Leo leaves a mystery – which is perhaps Leo’s greatest wisdom. ” Leo argued that the unity of the two natures is essential for redemption. The mediator between God and humankind, Jesus Christ, had to be able to die (according to his human nature) and not to die (according to his divine nature). He further emphasized that the two natures of Christ have separate modes of operation but one always acts in unison with the other.
Both terms refer to “love” but are polar opposites – caritas ascends to God, Being itself; cupiditas descends to inferior beings and then nothingness. Augustine’s fundamental assumption – gained from his acquaintance with Neoplatonism – is that all love is acquisitive. That is, persons desire what they believe will fulfill them. In short, Augustine perceives that the eudaemonism – the drive for fulfillment – of ancient philosophy has apologetic value. Everyone wants to be happy. By linking love closely to the desire for happiness, Augustine finds it possible to regard love as the most elementary of all manifestations of human life.
In contrast, Cyril held the Alexandrian teaching that the divine and human natures were Sibling Rivalry 29 BHOC03 29 6/6/05, 10:31 AM united in Jesus, who was God become man. Cyril’s argument was that if Jesus did not suffer on the cross as the Word become flesh, his sacrifice did not truly bring salvation. In short, if only a man died on the cross, what is salvific about another victim of human cruelty? When Nestorius became bishop of Constantinople he inherited a dispute over a title applied to Mary.
A Brief History of Christianity (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Carter Lindberg