Text extracted from opening pages of book: VOLUME TWO REVISED
EDITION Chapters in Church History POWEL MILLS DAWLEY With the
assistance of the Authors' Committee of the Department of Christian
Education of The Protestant Episcopal Church NEW YORK COPYRIGHT
1950; AND ig6l BY THE SEABURY PRESS, INCORPORATED 1963 BY THE
SEABURY PRESS, INCORPORATED First Edition Revised Edition 1963
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG NtJMBER: 63-16290 PRINTED IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA BY THE COLONIAL PRESS INC., CLINTON, MASS.
Foreword TH . HIS is the second volume in THE CHURCH'S TEACHING
series. It takes up the story where The Holy Scriptures ended, and
traces in broad strokes the major movements in the history of the
Church down to its new ecumenical concern. It makes no attempt to
be a detailed history book as its name Chapters in Church History
im plies. Such books are already available and, for the most part,
remain unread by lay people. This series is not written for clergy
and scholars. It is written for the aver age intelligent, educated
layman. It goes without saying that it is not a Church School text,
although parents and teachers will find it a valuable resource. If
the reader has not already read volume one, The Holy Scriptures, we
strongly urge him to do so before beginning this book. No attempt
is made to retrace that ground or to cover subjects which will
appear in later books on Faith and Worship. Here is the story of
Anglicanism and our own tradition set over against the broad sweep
of Christian history. It will help the reader to see the Body of
Christ more clearly. JOHN HEUSS VESPER O. WARD Preface to the
Revised Edition TH . HIS revision has been undertaken to cor rect
and amplify somepoints at which the text of the first edition,
published more than twelve years ago, has been rendered inadequate,
particularly in sections dealing with aspects of recent Church
history. Furthermore, the bibli ography of books for reference and
further reading has been completely revised, incorporating a large
selection of excellent books that have appeared in the last decade.
Ex cept in a few instances, little change has been made in the main
body of the text, POWEL MILLS DAWLEY Preface to the First Edition
TH . HE immediate challenge presented to the Church in each
generation is to bring the redemptive power of the Christian Gospel
into the historical situa tions in which men live. The ultimate
task of the Church is to effect that redemption in terms of men's
highest membership, their common life in Jesus Christ. For the
Christian, this task is illuminated by the record of man's life
through the ages. He finds a meaningful pattern in history, its
lines etched in the everlasting vitality of the community of God's
people. Church history, then, is the story of God's redemptive
activity among men through a fellowship that is no less than the
Body of the Living Christ. The experience of the Church in any
generation transcends time to speak to men in all generations. The
task of the Church historian is not that of record ing every event
in the history of Christianity. Rather it is to describe those
events and movements that are of per manent significance,
endeavoring to indicate their mean ing. An important historical
discipline, therefore, is that of selection. Readers will find some
familiar episodes of history omitted from these chapters. 1 If this
volume is to x The Books for reference, pages 259-268, cover in
detailed fashion the various periods in the history of the Church.
fulfill its purpose, our chief concern will be to explore the
meaning of important events and movements of thought, suggesting
their relevance to the task that con fronts the Christian community
today. While this book, like the first volume of the series, The
Holy Scriptures, has a single author, yet in its pub lished form it
represents the work of many hands. The chapters have been
scrutinized and discussed at length by the members of the Authors*
Committee, as well a
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