Apologists | Apostles' Creed | Arius | Athanasian Creed | Augustine of Hippo | Baptism | Basil of Caesarea | Church Fathers | Church History | Clement of Alexandria | Clement of Rome | Constantine | Creeds | Cyprian | Cyril of Jerusalem | Didache | Ecclesiology | Eschatology | Eusebius of Caesarea | Gnosticism | Gregory Nazianzus | Gregory of Nyssa | Hilary of Poitiers | Introduction | Irenaeus of Lyons | Jerome | John Chrysostom | Justin Martyr | Montanism | Mystery Religions | Nicene Creed | Origen | Papias | Patristics | Roman Empire | Tertullian | Theodore of Mopsuestia | Trinity

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…

Arianism | Arius | Baptism | Church Fathers | Church History | Constantine | Gnosticism | Gregory Thaumaturgos | Ignatius | Justin Martyr | Montanism | Nicaea | Origen | Persecution | Tertullian

Backhouse & Tylor’s Early Church History to the Time of Constantine

Early Church History to the Death of Constantine was Edward Backhouse’s final work and was completed posthumously by Charles Tylor. Backhouse intended to write church history from the perspective of The Society of Friends (Quakers). His desire, perhaps not fully allowed to himself, was to find out with what early early teachers stigmatised as heretics…

Canon | Creeds | Cyprian | Hilary of Poitiers | Irenaeus of Lyons | Jerome | Josephus | Montanism | Papias

Public Domain Articles from the Journal of Theological Studies (1899-1909)

The following Public Domain articles from the Journal of Theological Studies relating to early church history are now available on-line in PDF: William Sanday [1843–1920], “Recent Research on the Origin of the Creed.” Journal of Theological Studies 1 No 1 (Oct. 1899): 3-22. William Sanday [1843–1920], “Further Research on the History of the Creed,” Journal…

Alexandria | Gnosticism | Introduction | Montanism | Nicaea | Rome

H.N. Bate’s History of the Church to AD 325 now available on-line

The following public domain book is now available on-line in PDF: H.N. Bate, History Of The Church to A.D. 325, 2nd edn. London: Rivingtons, 1924. Hbk. pp.140. I remember finding this book extremely helpful when I was studying church history and so was pleased to find that the copyright has expired. It can now be…

Montanism

A possible Ph.D. Thesis for someone

When studying the Montanists we have to recognise that the majority of the information we have comes from their opponents, who recycled the same accusations slightly different forms (See John De Soyres work [https://earlychurch.org.uk/montanism_desoyres.html]). These snippets hardly paint a balanced picture. For example: 1) Monatus was a recent convert [i.e. not grounded in the faith…