Augustine, Melanchthon, and Neander—Church father, reformer, and historian. Philip Schaff admiringly calls these figures, “three of the best among the great, and of the greatest among the good” and “inspiring examples of consecration to the service of Christ.” Schaff focuses on the unique spiritual gifts of each figure, and how these enabled each to make invaluable contributions to the church in their individual contexts.
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Philip Schaff (1819–1893) was a distinguished church historian who had an enormous influence on German Reformed churches in America. He was educated at Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, and was professor of church history and biblical literature at German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. When the Civil War forced the seminary to close, Schaff moved to Union Theological Seminary in New York City.Among his most impactful works are History of the Christian Church (8 vols.), The Creeds of Christendom (3 vols.), and The Principal of Protestantism.