Mondays are for Church History - 11/21/16
Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day. Revised and Updated ed. Vol. 2. New York: HarperCollins, 2010b. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 14 “A Convulsed Age” Loc. 2596-2672.
In the 16th century, Gonzalez points out, Christianity was largely considered in European terms, bounded by Islam to south and east and the Atlantic to the west. Thoughts of the spread of Christianity aimed at conversion of Muslims (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2604). By the end of the century transportation had improved and Islam was becoming surrounded by Christianity (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2611). Meanwhile, the Western idea of Medieval Christianity was changing, reflecting a greater cultural and theological diversity (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2626). At the same time, all the major Protestant Reformers sought unity in the church (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2634). Eventually, civil governments, realizing such unity was unlikely, moved to tolerate a variety of religious views (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2644). Likewise, imperial unity and conciliar movements declined (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2648). The unifying factor which remained was a dependence on the Bible as God’s sufficient Word (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2664). This would remain the standard for unity and reform.
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