By Patrick Whitworth,Mark Edwards

The interval coated by means of this booklet (AD 381–451) is the 1st during which the church should be stated to have exercised a dominant function in political heritage. For a few it's the interval within which the church misplaced its innocence. but with out the recommendations of Constantine and his successors, it's difficult for us to visualize what Christianity could have been. with no this time of consolidation and extending conformity, Europe do not have existed as we now comprehend it—nor, for that topic, could Islam.

It is considered one of Whitworth’s benefits to teach that the nice doctrinal formulae which we owe to this epoch have been framed with reverent care by means of males of profound conviction; whilst, we're left in doubtless that the church, then as now, used to be as secular an establishment as the other. This booklet is neither an apology nor a polemic, however the genuine historical past of genuine those that have been attempting to uphold everlasting truths in a fallen and transitory world.

"The transparent and trustworthy, speedy but targeted narrative that Patrick Whitworth provides the following may be both relaxing and instructive if you lament the increase of Christendom and in the event you day-by-day supply thank you for it; either will appreciate the accuracy and candour with which he is taking us, bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy, throughout the political convulsions which followed each one develop in theological speculation." — Mark Edwards, Professor of Early Christian experiences, collage of Oxford

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