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Philip Schaff


History of the Christian Church

Scholar and Historian of the Christian Church

Why Read This Paper




Are you curious about the history of Christianity? What was it like during those early centuries of persecution? Would you like to read about how the orthodox doctrines of the Trinity and person of Jesus were hammered out in the great Ecumenical Councils of the fourth and fifth centuries? How did the Papacy arise? What were the Crusades all about? If you have ever wondered about any of these questions, now you can read all the details from one of the greatest church historians who ever lived.

These condensations were prepared by Carol Morgan with footnotes supplied by Ken Morgan. They summarize the first five volumes of the classic eight-volume work on church history by Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church. This set is generally considered the definitive work on church history in the English language.

Volume I

Apostolic Christianity (A.D. 1-100)

Volume II

Ante-Nicene Christianity (A.D. 100-325)

Volume III

Nicene and Post-Nicene Christianity (A.D. 311-600)
From Constantine the Great to Gregory the Great

Volume IV

Mediaeval Christianity (A.D. 590-1073)
From Gregory I to Gregory VII

Volume V

The Middle Ages (A.D. 1049-1294)
From Gregory VII to Boniface VIII

Note: We also have chapter 5, "The Pyramids," from Schaff's book, Through Bible Lands: Notes of Travel in Egypt, the Desert, and Palestine. It is posted here.

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