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Church History (3 vols.)


Funk & Wagnalls 1889–1894

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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.

With the Logos edition of Church History, these powerful reference tools automatically integrate with your Logos library, allowing you to cross-reference them and study the church’s history with enhanced features found nowhere else. All Scripture references appear in your preferred translations on mouseover, and if you have other church history texts or works Kurtz refers to in your library, like the Early Church Fathers or contemporaries like E. B. Pusey, these resources will automatically link and allow you to conveniently jump between texts, or refer to them side-by-side to take your studies even further. Access these texts with your mobile device to study them wherever you go.

Key Features

  • 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.

Notes on the Literature of Church History

Individual Titles

Church History, vol. 1

  • Author: John Henry Kurtz
  • Translator: John Macpherson
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 550

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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
    • The Hierarchy, the Clergy, and the Monks
    • The Church and the People
    • Theology and Its Battles

Church History, vol. 2

  • Author: John Henry Kurtz
  • Translator: John Macpherson
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1889
  • Pages: 478

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This text contains John Macpherson’s translation of Kurtz’s Church History, vol. 2, which covers church history from the tenth to the fifteenth century and delves into the Reformation.

  • History of the Germano-Romanic Church from the 10th to the 13th Century
    • The Spread of Christianity
    • The Hierarchy, the Clergy, and the Monks
    • Theological Science and its Controversies
    • The Church and the People
    • Heretical Opposition to Ecclesiastical Authority
  • History of the Germano-Romanic Church in the 14th and 15th Centuries
    • The Hierarchy, Clergy, and Monks
    • Theological Science
    • The Church and the People
    • Attempts at Reformation
  • Church History of the Sixteenth Century
    • The Reformation
    • The Churches of the Reformation
    • The Deformation
    • The Counter-Reformation

Church History, vol. 3

  • Author: John Henry Kurtz
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 544

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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

Product Details

  • Title: Church History
  • Author: John Henry Kurtz
  • Translator: John Macpherson
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,572

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.

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