John Henry Kurtz’s Church History provides a comprehensive examination of the Christian church, from its beginnings to the late-nineteenth century. Kurtz’s history of the church offers a historical analysis of both the German church specifically and the Christian church as a whole. This collection comprises all three volumes of Kurt’s Church History, each covering a different historical period, from the life of Christ and the church’s emergence from Judaic and pagan nations, to the state of modern Catholicism and Protestantism in the nineteenth century. These texts also dig into the importance of church history as they investigate historical theologies and obstacles of the Christian church, as well as the roots of apologetics, science, philosophy, and other significant trends. Church History is translated by John Macpherson, who thoughtfully examined Kurtz’s original—and often only available in German—source texts and replaced them with similar or corresponding English texts that are more familiar and accessible to an English audience.
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Chronological history of the church
Broad spectrum of historical events, people, and ideas
Emphasis on the Eastern Church
Praise for the Print Edition
The merits of Dr. Kurtz as a writer of church history are admitted by all who are familiar with his previous works . . . Probably no one instructor, out of the very able corps attached to [the Protestant University of Dorpat], possesses so fully the confidence of the public, or enjoys so high a reputation for profound scholarship and distinguished abilities, as Prof. Kurtz.
—The American Presbyterian Review
The facts are clearly presented and well arranged.
This text contains John Macpherson’s translation of Kurtz’s Church History, vol. 1, which explores the earliest roots of Christianity as it emerged from pagan and Judaic nations and began establishing its own identity. It also discusses the Eastern Church’s interactions with and independence from the West, as well as the adversity the church faced until AD 911.
Introduction to the History of the Christian Church
History of the Preparation for Christianity
History of the Beginnings
The Life of Jesus
The Apostolic Age
History of the Greco-Roman Church During the Second and Third Centuries
The Relationship of Extra Christian Paganism and Judaism to the Church
Danger to the Church from Pagan and Jewish Elements within Its Own Pale
The Doctrinal Development and Apologetical Activity of the Church
Constitution, Worship, Life, and Discipline
History of the Greco-Roman Church During the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Centuries
Church and State
Monasticism, Clericalism, and Hierarchism
Theological Science and Literature
Doctrinal Controversies and Heresies
Worship, Life, Discipline, and Morals
The Church Outside of the Roman Empire
History of the Greco-Byzantine Church in the Eighth to the Fifteenth Centuries
Developments of the Greek Church in Combination with the Western
Developments in the Eastern Church Without the Cooperation of the Western
History of the German-Roman Church to A. D. 911
The Founding, Spread, and Limitation of the German Church
This text contains John Macpherson’s translation of Kurtz’s Church History, vol. 3, which covers church history from the seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century and discusses the current state of the various branches of Christianity.
Church History of the Seventeenth Century
Relations Between the Different Churches
The Roman Catholic Church
The Lutheran Church
The Reformed Church
Anti- and Extra-Ecclesiastical Parties
Church History in the Eighteenth Century
The Catholic Church in East and West
The Protestant Churches
Church History of the Nineteenth Century
General and Introductory
Protestantism in General
Catholicism in General
Relation of Church to the Empire and to the States
Opponents of Church and Christianity
Title: Church History
Author: John Henry Kurtz
Translator: John Macpherson
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
About John Henry Kurtz
John Henry Kurtz (1809–1890), also known as Johann Heinrich Kurtz, was a German Lutheran theologian. In 1835, he became a religious instructor at the school of Mitau and a professor of theology at the Protestant University of Dorpat. Several of his other works have been translated into English, including The Bible and Astronomy and Manual of Sacred History.
About John Macpherson
John Macpherson (1847–1902) was educated at King’s College, Aberdeen, and at the University of Edinburgh. He served as a pastor at Findhorn, a fishing village in Morayshire. He was an author and notable translator of German Protestant works, including works by J. H. A. Ebrard and Emil Schürer.