Sketches of Church History from 600 to 1300 AD by G.S.M. Walker

G.S.M. Walker, The Growing Storm. Sketches of Church History from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1350That the so-called “Dark Ages” contained a surprising amount of light soon becomes clear from the pages of this second volume in the Paternoster Church History. Even the Medieval Papacy, whose rise and fall is, broadley speaking, covered by the period of this book, and which became a laughing-stock and was treated as a scandal, had at the outset sought to embody a great principle – the principle that the spiritual is superior to the temporal, that morality is superior to politics, that Christ is superior to the kingdoms of mankind. It was for the same principle that in later times Scottish Covenanters were to contend and suffer, so demonstrating a historical unity of problems in widely differing periods and circumstances.

Indeed, this book cealr underlines this historical unity by showing that even in the Middle Ages men grappled with problems not unlike our own; but the roles were so surprisingly reversed that it is often hard for the modern mind to see clearly which was the angels’ side. The instance, monks were busy preaching puritan sermons, scholars were almost all fundamentalists, early “Protestants” were devoted to the Virgin, and there was actually a sort of evangelical revival which won warmer sympathy from the reigning Pontiff than would have been shewn by an English Bishop of John Wesley’s day.

This complex period Dr. Walker graphically illustrates by telling the story of some characteristic lives, with sufficient background to make the narrative cohetrent, in spite of the seven-and-a half centuries that are covered. Gregory, Boniface, and Hildebrand, Anselm, Abelard and Bernard, Francis, Aquinas, Raymond Lull, Dante and others, all make their contribution to a composite picture in which the various convictions, catholic and evangelical and liberal, are well and widely represented, sometimes even fermenting together in the same brain. Then we see the tension mounting and the storm-clouds gathering, as distinct parties draw apart in a struggle that would intensify with the coming of Wycliffe, and would come to its climax in the Reformation.

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G.S.M. Walker, The Growing Storm. Sketches of Church History from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1350. London: The Paternoster Press, 1961. Hbk. pp.252. [Click to visit the download page]

Contents

  • Preface
  1. Gregory the Great
  2. Boniface an the Conversion of Northern Europe
  3. Alcuin and the Carolingian Renaissance
  4. The East from Leo the Isaurian to Michael Cerularius
  5. The Hildebrandine Reform
  6. The First Crusade
  7. Anselm and the Rise of Scholasticism
  8. Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux
  9. The Waldensians
  10. The Pontificate of Innocent III
  11. Francis and his Followers
  12. The Dominicans; Aquinas; and the German Mystics
  13. The Last Crusader
  14. The Missionary Zeal of Raymond Lull
  15. Dante and the Dawn of a New Age
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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New Book: Early Christianity In Its Song And Verse

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OLD STORIES AND THE HEART BEAT WITHIN

Early Christianity In Its Song And Verse

 

Early Christianity In Its Song and VerseLike so many periods of human history, the period examined and illustrated in author Robert J. Glendinning’s new book Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is rife with conflict: marching Roman legions, the fall of empires, invasions, religious conversions, persecutions, and the clash of reason and faith. Defying conventional wisdom, this work of creative non-fiction uses poetry—the lyrics of ancient Latin hymns—translated into English verse, to tell a story.

In Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse, published through FriesenPress, two levels of story-telling create a picture of the world of early Christianity. The tumultuous and dramatic external history of this 1000-year era from CE 300-1300 is outlined in the introductions, notes, and commentary. The interior mind of the era, its spiritual experience, is revealed from the inside in the hymn lyrics composed by those who lived at the time and participated in its struggles. Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is decidedly user friendly, offering the reader a variety of ways of reading and using the work. Those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject will find in the notes and commentaries information that ranges from very basic to an advanced level.

Critical assessment: “ . . . provides a blend of scholarship and creative translation focusing on Christianity’s formative years. . . . valuable and satisfying . . . . as remarkable as Glendinning’s work as a translator is, the academic writing is even more impressive . , , . he rolls out all this worthy material without the unnecessarily complicated jargon that mars many similar scholarly —Kirkus Reviews

Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse by Robert J. Glendinning is available for purchase from the FriesePress Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and most online retailers. The eBook can also be purchased from Nook, Kindle, GooglePlay and iTunes Bookstore. Canadian academic Robert Glendinning obtained his BA and his MA degrees at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a member of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 1996.

To learn more about book and author visit www.earlychristianverse.com