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History of the Christian Church, Volume II: Ante-Nicene Christianity. A.D. 100-325. [Kindle Edition]

Philip Schaff

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Second Period: Ante-Nicene Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 7
Literature on the Ante-Nicene Age. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 7
General Character of Ante-Nicene Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 10
Spread of Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 13
Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 13
Hindrances and Helps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 14
Causes of the Success of Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 15
Means of Propagation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 17
Extent of Christianity in the Roman Empire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 18
Christianity in Asia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 19
Christianity in Egypt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 20
Christianity in North Africa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 21
Christianity in Europe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 22
Persecution of Christianity and Christian Martyrdom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 24
Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 24
General Survey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 25
Jewish Persecution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 27
Causes of Roman Persecution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 29
Condition of the Church before the Reign of Trajan. . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32
Trajan. A.D. 98-117--Christianity Forbidden--Martyrdom of Symeon of
Jerusalem, and Ignatius of Antioch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32
Hadrian. a.d. 117-138. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 35
Antoninus Pius. a.d. 137-161. The Martyrdom of Polycarp. . . . . . . . . p. 36
Persecutions under Marcus Aurelius. A.D. 161-180. . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 37
Condition of the Church from Septimius Severus to Philip the Arabian.
A.D. 193-249. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 40
Persecutions under Decius, and Valerian. a.d. 249-260. Martyrdom of
Cyprian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 42
Temporary Repose. A.D. 260-303. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 43
The Diocletian Persecution, a.d. 303-311. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 44
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History of the Christian Church, Volume II: Ante-Nicene
Christianity. A.D. 100-325.
Philip Schaff
The Edicts of Toleration. a.d. 311-313. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 48
Christian Martyrdom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 50
Rise of the Worship of Martyrs and Relics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 55
Literary Contest of Christianity with Judaism and Heathenism. . . . . . . p. 56
Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 56
Literary Opposition to Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 57
Jewish Opposition. Josephus and the Talmud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 58
Pagan Opposition. Tacitus and Pliny. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 58
Direct Assaults. Celsus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 59
Lucian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 61
Neo-Platonism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 63
Porphyry and Hierocle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 66
Summary of the Objections to Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 67
The Apologetic Literature of Christianity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 68
The Argument against J

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE SECOND OF EIGHT VOLUMES OF SCHAFF'S MASTERWORK 26 Jun. 2012
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Philip Schaff (1819-1893) was a Swiss-born, German-educated Protestant theologian and Church historian, who was a professor at Union Theological Seminary. His 8-volume History is a classic; this second volume was originally published in 1858, and last revised in 1885. The next volume in the series is History of the Christian Church Volume 3.

He admits that "The oldest links in the chain of Roman bishops are veiled in impenetrable darkness." (Pg. 164-165) Perhaps surprisingly, he observes that the catacombs were NOT "place of refuge from heathen persecution," since "the immense labor required (to construct them) could not have escaped the attention of the police. The Roman government... was quite liberal towards the burial clubs..." (Pg. 289)

He notes that "The superiority of the principles of Christian ethics over the heathen standards of morality even under its most favorable forms is universally admitted." (Pg. 335) "The brotherly love expressed itself, above all, in the most self-sacrificing beneficience to the poor and sick, to widows and orphans, to strangers and prisoners..." (Pg. 374) However, he also grimly admits, "the bloody persecution of heretics---one of the darkest chapters in church history---has produced the sweet fruit of religious liberty." (Pg. 516)

He argues, "Protestantism claims the liberty of the ante-Nicene age and the right of renewed investigation into the origin and history of every book of the Bible. Without this liberty there can be no real progress in exegetical theology." (Pg. 524) He cautions, "it required time for the profound ideas of a Paul and a John to come up clearly to the view of the church; indeed, to this day they remain unfathomed." (Pg. 584)

Although there are certainly more recent histories of Christianity, Schaff's has justifiably remained in print since its original publication in the 19th century. It deserves a place on any serious theological bookshelf.
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