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A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation (3 vols.)

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George Waddington’s A History of the Church from Earliest Ages to the Reformation synthesizes fifteen centuries of church history into 3 volumes. Instead of following the chronological history of the church century by century, this classic church history is instead divided up according to connected themes and events. This enables an easier understanding of complex events and the consequences that cascade through hundreds of years, from the apostles in the first century to the beginnings of the Reformation in the fifteenth century.

Throughout his monumental work, Waddington seeks to exonerate the Christian faith in the face of the historical crimes committed by the church. He hopes that readers will “learn to distinguish the substance of Christianity from its corruptions—to perceive that the religion is not contaminated by the errors or crimes of its professors and ministers, and that all the evils, which have ever been inflicted upon the world in the name of Christ, have invariably proceeded from its abuse.”

Logos enhances these volumes with amazing digital functionality, eliminating your research’s legwork. Fully indexed texts enable near-instant search results. Scripture references appear on mouseover in your preferred English translation. Automatically integrated with the rest of your library, Waddington’s work will resonate with an extensive library of Anglican scholarship and Church history—both modern and from the period—as well as connecting to a wealth of modern reference works. With Logos, the smartest tools and best library are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Contains a classic history of the first 15 centuries of Christendom
  • Focuses on exonerating Christianity in the face of travesties committed by the church
  • Analyzes themes in Church history across the centuries

Top Highlights

“At the end of the second century we find that Ephesus still maintained its supremacy over the Asiatic churches; and we observe its bishop, Polycrates, conducting them in firm but temperate opposition to the first aggression of the Church of Rome.” (Volume 1, Page 8)

“the converts in Judæa and Samaria were inferior, both in number and fidelity, to those of the Gentiles.” (Volume 1, Page 5)

“Adrian erected a new city, to which he gave the new and Roman title of Ælia Capitolina” (Volume 1, Page 3)

“promoted by the zeal of its second bishop, Ignatius.” (Volume 1, Page 5)

“Ephesus, which was founded by St. Paul and governed by Timothy, was blessed by the presence of St. John during the latest years of his long life.” (Volume 1, Page 7)

  • Title: A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation
  • Author: George Waddington
  • Edition: 2nd, revised
  • Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 1,400

George Waddington (1793–1869) was an English clergyman and church historian. He was educated at Charterhouse School from 1808 to 1811 and went on to have a distinguished career at Trinity College, Cambridge where he received his BA, MA, and DD. He was ordained in the English church in 1826. He served in various posts for several years and was made dean of Durham in 1840. He died and was buried in Durham in 1869. He is best known for his two monumental church histories: A History of the Church from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation and A History of the Reformation on the Continent.


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