By Professor Henry W. Bowden
In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the yankee Society of Church background, this huge compilation of historiographical scholarship calls on 10 eminent experts to study major achievements that during the last century have formed present realizing of the multifaceted church.The publication necessarily honors the reminiscence of Philip Schaff, the good nineteenth century church historian who laid the principles of the self-discipline in the US and in 1888 based the ASCH. In analyzing the most important subfields of church historical past, a lot of which Schaff pioneered himself within the united states, the essayists discover such themes as early Christianity, the medieval church, the Reformation, American non secular liberty, creeds and liturgies, and ecumenism.The anthology comprises David W. Lotz, "Philip Schaff and the assumption of Church History"; Robert M. Kingdon, "Reformation Studies"; John F. Wilson, "Civil Authority and non secular Freedom in the USA: Philip Schaff at the usa as a Christian Nation"; and Aidan Kavanagh, "Liturgical and Credal Studies"; Henry W. Bowden, "The First Century: Institutional improvement and ideas in regards to the Profession"; Glenn F. Chesnut, "A Century of Patristic reviews, 1888–1988"; Bernard McGinn, "The Gold of Catholicity": Reflections on a Century of yankee examine of Medieval Church History"; Jay P. Dolan, "Immigration and American Christianity: A heritage in their Histories"; Gerald H. Anderson, "To the Ends of the Earth: American Protestants in Pursuit of Mission"; and John T. Ford, "Ecumenical Studies."The issues addressed during this booklet are the foremost issues of church background at the present time. The essays supply a severe survey of significant advancements within the diverse fields over the last century, discussing the students and courses that introduced new info to gentle or replaced the final figuring out of church historical past via contributing clean interpretations. In bringing readers modern in church heritage via surveying benchmark contributions in all the designated components surveyed, the members search to orient historians and stimulate colleagues towards extra research of a standard past.A universal thread working via all of those essays, Bowden notes, "is the popularity that we're heirs to an incredible switch in ancient self-understanding. Over the process a century we have now moved from perspectives the place heritage taught classes of exclusivist rectitude to an appreciation of shared historical past and mutual development." appendixes supply large old info in regards to the society itself.
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Extra resources for A Century of church history: the legacy of Philip Schaff
A concluding essay in this collection focuses on the society itself. Institutional growth is rather difficult to perceive in an organization whose members across the continent meet only biannually. Still, something can be gleaned from statistical tabulation and a review of constitutional changes, and this author hopes his minimal findings might stimulate a more capable investigation into the association of professional church historians. It is equally difficult to trace intellectual change in a group so diverse.
A. Tholuck and Julius Müller at Halle, Ernst Hengstenberg and August Twesten at Berlin. 11 Something that Schaff did not learn directly from his professors, however, was his high doctrine of the church as the divine-human body of Christ, the continuation of the Incarnation, and thus the "necessary organ" for mediating Christ's work of redemption to the world. 12 Schaff attached himself to this group during his years in Berlin. Nevertheless, Schaff was not an uncritical adherent of any single party or school.
Deciding which areas to emphasize in a retrospective volume is a delicate task, but a particular circumstance helped ease our difficulty. At its inception the ASCH owed almost everything to one man, Philip Schaff, a scholar of prodigious energy and comprehensive interests. Schaff did not confine himself within narrow chronological or topical definitions. His genius shed light on multiple subjects, and he kept the society open to most of the themes that together comprise historical inquiry into Christianity.
A Century of church history: the legacy of Philip Schaff by Professor Henry W. Bowden