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Ancient Catholic Church by Robert Rainy

Today’s free book is Robert Rainy’s comprehensive survey of early church history from the time of the Emperor Trajan to Fourth General Council (98-451 AD). My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of public domain title available for digitisation. Robert Rainy [1826-1906], The Ancient Catholic Church from the Accession of Trajan to the…

Ecclesiology

B.H. Streeter on the Origins of Christian Ministry

Burnett Hillman Streeter [1874-1937] is probably best remembered for his work on the Synoptic problem (available here). In this study of the the early church’s ministry he argues that the evidence portrays a diversity in church structures. My thanks to Book Aid’s London bookshop for providing me with a copy of this book to digitise….

Ecclesiology

Cappadocian Ecclesiology

I am grateful to Wipf & Stock Publishers for granting permission to place on-line the following article on the ecclesiology of the Cappadocian Fathers: Basil of Caesarea, Gergory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus. Donald A. Sykes, “Understandings of the Church in the Cappadocians,” Horton Davies, ed., ┬áStudies of the Church in History. Essays Honoring…

Ecclesiology

F.F. Bruce on the Lessons of Church History

The following article is now on-line in PDF: F.F. Bruce, “Church History and Its Lessons,” J.B. Watson, ed., The Church: A Symposium. London: Pickering & Inglis, Ltd., 1949. pp.178-95. George Santayana famous said that “Those who fail to learn the lessons that history teaches, are doomed to repeat them”. It is therefore helpful to some…