A Church History - Vol III: Continuation from the Council of Constantinople A.D. 381
by Christopher Wordsworth (9781408607534)

A Church History - Vol III: Continuation from the Council of Constantinople A.D. 381
Christopher Wordsworth
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
Category: Church History
ISBN: 9781408607534
ISBN-10: 1408607530

CHURCH HISTORY. -- CONTINUATION FROM THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANTINOPLE, A.D. 381. A CHURCH HISTORY TO THB COUNCIL 017 CNALCEBON A.D. 451. BY CHR. WORDSWORTH, D.D., BISHOP OF LINCOLN. - PREFACE TO THE THIRD AND FOURTH VOLUMES. - FIE Preface to the first Volume of this History, which, after some years of hope and preparation, is now brought to a conclusion, contained a statement of the design which the Author conceived in under- taking it, and which he has now attempted to exe- cute. He proposed to himself an endeavour to realize the leading idea which guided the ancient Church His- torians, and which animated S. Augustine in his work On the City of God, and which is unfolded in the Revelation of St. John, in the representation of the destinies of the Church from the first Advent of Christ to the end of the World. According to that idea, the History of the Church displays a continual struggle of two antagonistic Powers, Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, the City of this World and the City of God. It shows how Evil has been permitted to assail the Church in various forms, -Persecution, Heresy, Schism, Superstition, VorIdliness, Secularism, and Unbelief how Good has been elicited from Evil, and Evil has been over- vi Preface. ruled for Good and it suggests a hope, that the final conflict of Good and Evil, which Prophecy preannounces as the fiercest of all, will be followed by the most glorious Victory, which it also foretells, -the complete subjugation of Evil, and universal triumph of Christ and His Church, and the everlasting glory and felicity of His faithful servants. On this subject he will not say more but there are two other topics, concerning which he would crave permission to offer someremarks. The first observation refers to the Method adopted in writing this History, and the reasons for adopting it. I. Some Authors of Church History have confined thenselves to the strict chronological order of events. The most celebrated examples of this method of treatment are the Ecclesiastical Annals of Cardinal Baronius, and the Abbe Fleurys History of the Christian Church from our Lords ministry to the year 1414. Both these works are invaluable for purposes of reference. But the vastness of the subject-the history of the Universal Church-renders it almost irrlpossible to gain a clear view of it when treated in this manner. In order that the chronological sequence of events in all parts of the Church may be rigidly observed, the reader is suddenly carried off by the historian from Rome to Constantinople, from Milan to Alexandria, from Illyricum to Spain. He is dis- tracted by rapid changes of places and persons claim- ing attention and his mental powers are strained by an endeavour to retain in his memory the exact position of affairs from which he has been transported, and to which, after various wanderings in different parts of the world, he is brought back and he thus too often finds himself in a state of perplexity and bevilderment. 2. This nzznZisZic method if we may be allowed the expression has led by a process of reaction to a very different one, namely, the biog7.ahicaZ...

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