The differences between early Christianity and modern Christianity are explored in this absorbing, powerful work. Edwin Hatch takes the position that Christianity is “at once universal and permanent,” evolving and changing as human society does. Citing these outward changes as necessary and natural, Hatch argues that these advances in modern Christianity are inevitable as it grows to accept new members into its fold.
- Thorough introduction by the author
- Detailed table of contents
- Complete indices
Praise for the Print Editions
The treasure chest of Greco-Roman analogues and parallels that Edwin Hatch opened for New Testament students remains open. It is a wonderful resource that we should continue to mine.
—Journal of Biblical Literature, 1999
- Title: The Growth of Church Institutions
- Author: Edwin Hatch
- Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
- Publication Date: 1887
- Pages: 267
About Edwin Hatch
Edwin Hatch (1835–1889) studied at Cambridge and then graduated from Pembroke College at Oxford University. Ordained in 1859, Hatch proceeded to teach at a number of schools and universities, including Trinity College in Toronto and Oxford University, where he returned as vice-principal of St. Mary Hall. A noted theologian and scholar, his books regularly provoked controversy and criticism.