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How and when the Christian Church developed its beliefs.
on 19 November 2011
A brief but well balanced review of the early centuries of the Christian Church and how the various beliefs developed. After Christ's death his followers did not have a rule book to follow and a highly detailed theology. They started with the basis of Judaism, much of which Christ did not take issue with.
The present Christian Church has developed sets of beliefs, some of which are almost universal across the variety of forms, and some of which can vary to the point that one Christian church considers another heretical (still).
This book is a useful introduction to the huge variety of paths open to the early church, what they had to consider and the political and economic circumstances that may have swayed them one way or the other. What did they consider to be without question (and why).
Who were the most important historical figures to sway the church and what drove them to their various positions.
Frend is highly regarded by the high churchman although himself tending towards low church, and his book does not promote one way of thought over another. He simply presents the ancient records in a coherent and well laid out way, and reports on the difficulties of the record as we have it today. Historic records are written by the winner, and may omit unfortunate details.
A useful and readable book for the Christian who wishes to have well grounded information on the development of the faith in the early days, and to have available the alternative paths which may have been dropped without serious consideration.