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The Early Church - The Penguin History of the Church Volume One

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Catalog Code: 9780140231991

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This scholarly work examines the beginning of the Christian movement during the first centuries AD, and the explosive force of its expansion throughout the Roman world.

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1. From Jerusalem to Rome
The Jewish background; the earliest Church; the Gentile Church; encounter with the Roman Empire

2. Faith and Order
The bonds of unity; gnosticism; the Ministry and the Bible; forms of the Ministry

3. Expansion and Growth
Causes of success; the geographical extension of the Church; the defence of the Faith

4. Justin and Irenaeus
Justin Martyr; Irenaeus

5. Easter, the Monarchian Controversy, and Tertullian
Easter; the Monarchian Controversy; Tertullian

6. Clement of Alexandria and Origen
Clement of Alexandria; Origen

7. Church, State and Society in the Third Century
The pagan revival and the persecution of Decius; Cyprian; the Great Persecution and its consequences

8. Constantine and the Council of Nicaea

9. The Arian Controversy after the Council of Nicaea
From Nicaea to the death of Constantine; the Church under the sons of Constantine; from Julian to Theodosius I

10. The Conflict of Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century

11. Church, State and Society from Julian to Theodosius

12. The Ascetic Movement

13. The Controversy about Origen and the Tragedy of John Chrysostom

14. The Problem of the Person of Christ
Diodore, Theodore and Apollinaris; Cyril and Nestorius; the "Monophysite" Council of Ephesus and the reaction at Chalcedon; the search for reconciliation; the doctrine of one will

15. The Development of Latin Christian Thought
Jerome and the beginnings of maturity; the conversion of Augustine; the Donatist schism and the problem of coercion; "The City of God" and the Pelagian controversy; the Holy Trinity

16. The Papacy

17. The Church and the Barbarians

18. Worship and Art
Liturby; daily offices; early Church music; Christian art




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St. Clement of Alexandria

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/04

    4 December

    Teacher at the Catechetical School in Alexandria, Egypt. He trained the famous theologian and teacher Origen. Writer and confessor of the faith. During the persecution of 202 Clement fled to Caesarea, Cappadocia where he governed the diocese during the imprisonment of his student, Bishop Alexander.

    probably at Athens, Greece, as Titus Flavius Clemens

    217 of natural causes

Name Meaning
    kind (Clement - latin)


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.


St. John Chrysostom

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/13

Patron Of: Against Epilepsy, Constantinople, Istanbul, Speakers, Lecturers, Orators, Preachers

Also known as
    Greatest of the Greek Fathers
    Giovanni Crisostomo

    John's father died when he was young, and he was raised by a very pius mother. Well educated; studied rhetoric under Libanius, one of the most famous orators of his day. Monk. Preacher and priest for a dozen years in Syria. While there he developed a stomach ailment that troubled him the rest of his life.

    It was for his sermons that John earned the title "Chrysostom" (golden mouthed). They were always on point, they explained the Scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went on for hours. Made a reluctant bishop of Constantinople in 398, a move that involved him in imperial politics. Criticized the rich for not sharing their wealth, fought to reform the clergy, prevented the sale of ecclesiastical offices, called for fidelity in marriage, encouraged practices of justice and charity.

    Archbishop and Patriarch of Constantinople. Revised the Greek Liturgy. Greek Father of the Church. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 451.

    John's sermons caused nobles and bishops to work to remove him from his diocese; twice exiled from his diocese. Banished to Pythius, and died on the way.

    c.347 at Antioch, Asia Minor


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