Christianity is essentially a historical religion. It cannot be understood merely through a set of dogmas, a moral code, or a view of the universe. Through the stories of Israel, Jesus, and the developing church, Christianity acknowledges the revelation of God in action.
Augustine, the great medieval theologian, envisioned human society as composed of two “cities,” distinguished by two loves: the love of God and the love of Self. He viewed these cities as universal in scope and operative throughout human history. This perspective raises questions about the church’s nature, its role in society, and whether the church has lived up to its nature and destiny as God’s new creation.
Ideal for individual or group study, The New Creation divides church history into nine units, each discussed as a phase in the church’s organic growth and development. In addition to the narrative, each chapter includes three features for that epoch of church history: 1) a significant event, 2) a turning point or decisive moment, and 3) study questions.
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Robert P. Vande Kappelle is emeritus professor of Religious Studies at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of seventeen books, including biblical commentaries, volumes on ethics and church history, and discussion guides on faith, theology, and spirituality. Vande Kappelle is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).