Short History of the Christian Church


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(4.8 stars; 12 reviews)

"The present work has as its basis the series of five Short Histories by the same author, which appeared in the following order: The Reformation, 1884; The Early Church, 1886; The Medieval Church, 1887; The Modern Church in Europe, 1888; and The Church in the United States, 1890. The five volumes form a connected History of the Church nearly down to the present time." (from the preface)


John Fletcher Hurst was an American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He wrote the 5 histories as Chautauqua textbooks. The audio files are in the following order:
Part 1: The Early Church (A.D. 30-750)
Part 2: The Medieval Church (A.D. 750-1517)
Part 3: The Reformation (A.D. 1517-1545)
Part 4: The Modern Church in Europe (A.D. 1558-1892)
Part 5: The Church in the United States (A.D. 1492-1892) (26 hr 30 min)

Chapters

Preface 4:41 Read by TriciaG
1.1 The Church and Its History 7:43 Read by TriciaG
1.2 The Scene of the Labors of the Apostles 8:07 Read by TriciaG
1.3 The Greek and Roman Conditions 12:22 Read by TriciaG
1.4 The Attitude of Judaism towards Christianity 7:51 Read by TriciaG
1.5 The Period of Universal Persecution 7:47 Read by TriciaG
1.6 Christian Worship 4:23 Read by TriciaG
1.7 The Life of Christians 4:26 Read by TriciaG
1.8 Ecclesiastical Organization 4:02 Read by TriciaG
1.9 Ebionism and Gnosticism 11:13 Read by TriciaG
1.10 The Pagan Literary Attack 7:35 Read by TriciaG
1.11 The Christian Defenders 8:04 Read by TriciaG
1.12 The Christian Schools 6:16 Read by TriciaG
1.13 Liberation under Constantine 6:47 Read by TriciaG
1.14 Reaction under Julian 7:37 Read by TriciaG
1.15 The Montanistic Reform 5:58 Read by TriciaG
1.16 Controversies on Christ 6:52 Read by TriciaG
1.17 The Later Controversies 14:07 Read by TriciaG
1.18 Ecclesiastical Schisms 6:53 Read by TriciaG
1.19 The Scriptures and Tradition 9:07 Read by TriciaG
1.20 Apocryphal Writings 5:57 Read by TriciaG
1.21 Theology During the Early Period 17:12 Read by TriciaG
1.22 Ecclesiastical Government and the Roman Primacy 14:44 Read by TriciaG
1.23 Sacred Seasons and Public Worship 8:41 Read by TriciaG
1.24 Ecclesiastical Discipline 5:53 Read by TriciaG
1.25 Christian Life and Usages 11:56 Read by TriciaG
1.26 The Church in the Catacombs 15:41 Read by TriciaG
1.27 Monasticism 6:20 Read by TriciaG
1.28 The Age of Gregory the Great 4:14 Read by TriciaG
1.29 The Expansion of Christianity 13:12 Read by TriciaG
1.30 The Close of the Early Period 7:05 Read by TriciaG
2.1 The Medieval Transition 5:48 Read by TriciaG
2.2 The Reign of Charlemagne 8:29 Read by TriciaG
2.3 Church and State under the Later Carolingian Rulers 5:47 Read by TriciaG
2.4 The Fictitious Isidore 9:12 Read by TriciaG
2.5 Mohammedanism 7:37 Read by TriciaG
2.6 The Schools of Charlemagne 7:29 Read by TriciaG
2.7 Theological Movements 7:32 Read by TriciaG
2.8 The Rule of the Popes 10:16 Read by TriciaG
2.9 The Gregorian Reform 7:19 Read by TriciaG
2.10 Moral Life and Ecclesiastical Usages 6:14 Read by TriciaG
2.11 The Public Services 7:45 Read by TriciaG
2.12 The Writers of the Times 4:58 Read by TriciaG
2.13 New Missions 12:38 Read by TriciaG
2.14 Schism between the East and the West 6:52 Read by TriciaG
2.15 The Anglo-Saxon Church 6:48 Read by TriciaG
2.16 Arnold of Brescia 8:12 Read by TriciaG
2.17 The Waldenses and the Albigenses 5:53 Read by TriciaG
2.18 Thomas Becket 7:30 Read by TriciaG
2.19 The Monastic Orders 9:33 Read by TriciaG
2.20 Monasteries as Centres of Intellectual Life 2:44 Read by TriciaG
2.21 Christian Art 6:19 Read by TriciaG
2.22 Christian Worship 5:10 Read by TriciaG
2.23 The Crusades: A.D. 1096-1270 9:02 Read by TriciaG
2.24 Arabic Philosophy 3:47 Read by TriciaG
2.25 The Hohenstaufens in Italy 5:50 Read by TriciaG
2.26 The Jewish Philosophy 4:30 Read by TriciaG
2.27 The Scholastic Philosophy 11:09 Read by TriciaG
2.28 Abelard and his Fortunes 8:13 Read by TriciaG
2.29 General Literature 4:02 Read by TriciaG
2.30 The Great Schools 2:51 Read by TriciaG
2.31 The Divided Papacy 7:20 Read by TriciaG
2.32 Retrospect 3:57 Read by TriciaG
3.1 The Heralds of Protestantism 33:33 Read by TriciaG
3.2 The Humanism of Italy 11:40 Read by TriciaG
3.3 The Reformatory Councils 7:37 Read by TriciaG
3.4 The German Reformation: Martin Luther 18:39 Read by TriciaG
3.5 Luther: Further Labors and Personal Character 16:25 Read by TriciaG
3.6 Melanchthon and other German Reformers 12:24 Read by TriciaG
3.7 The Reformation in German Switzerland 10:39 Read by TriciaG
3.8 The Reformation in French Switzerland 18:49 Read by TriciaG
3.9 The English Reformation: First Period 17:24 Read by TriciaG
3.10 The English Reformation: Second Period 8:43 Read by TriciaG
3.11 The Scotch Reformation 6:51 Read by TriciaG
3.12 The Reformation in the Netherlands 9:45 Read by TriciaG
3.13 The Reformation in France 11:00 Read by TriciaG
3.14 The Reformation in Italy 13:08 Read by TriciaG
3.15 The Reformation in Spain and Portugal 6:50 Read by TriciaG
3.16 The Reformation in Scandinavia 3:20 Read by TriciaG
3.17 The Reformation in the Slavic Lands 6:48 Read by TriciaG
3.18 Survey of Results 6:57 Read by TriciaG
3.19 The Four Hundredth Anniversary of Luther's Birth 5:39 Read by TriciaG
4.1 Recuperative Measures of Romanism 6:17 Read by TriciaG
4.2 The Order of Jesuits 9:46 Read by TriciaG
4.3 The English Church under James I and Charles I 8:03 Read by TriciaG
4.4 The English Puritans 5:40 Read by TriciaG
4.5 The Quakers 4:44 Read by TriciaG
4.6 Cromwell and the Commonwealth 8:05 Read by TriciaG
4.7 The Church During the Restoration 6:52 Read by TriciaG
4.8 English Deism 7:52 Read by TriciaG
4.9 The Protestant Church in Germany 4:44 Read by TriciaG
4.10 Mysticism in Germany 5:42 Read by TriciaG
4.11 The Thirty Years' War 7:37 Read by TriciaG
4.12 The Protestant Emigration to America 2:49 Read by TriciaG
4.13 Arminius and the Synod of Dort 5:17 Read by TriciaG
4.14 The Salzburg Persecution 3:39 Read by TriciaG
4.15 Spener and Pietism 10:18 Read by TriciaG
4.16 The Moravians 5:32 Read by TriciaG
4.17 Swedenborg and the New Church 4:53 Read by TriciaG
4.18 Rationalism in Germany 6:25 Read by TriciaG
4.19 The Evangelical Reaction 5:50 Read by TriciaG
4.20 French Mysticism and Flemish Jansenism 6:07 Read by TriciaG
4.21 French Infidelity 5:21 Read by TriciaG
4.22 French Protestantism 6:25 Read by TriciaG
4.23 The Russo-Greek Church 9:07 Read by TriciaG
4.24 Wesley and Methodism 9:08 Read by TriciaG
4.25 The Tractarian Movement 6:53 Read by TriciaG
4.26 The Schools in the Church of England 13:36 Read by TriciaG
4.27 The English Universities 5:19 Read by TriciaG
4.28 Scholars and Divines of the English Church 16:23 Read by TriciaG
4.29 Puritan and Presbyterian Scholars and Divines 15:00 Read by TriciaG
4.30 Critical Periods in the History of the Scottish Church 10:50 Read by TriciaG
4.31 The Ekskine Schism and the Haldane Revival 7:44 Read by TriciaG
4.32 The Great Disruption 8:30 Read by TriciaG
4.33 Learning and Literary Culture in the Roman Catholic Church 7:26 Read by TriciaG
4.34 The Growth of Mary-Worship 6:10 Read by TriciaG
4.35 The End of the Temporal Power of the Papacy 6:00 Read by TriciaG
4.36 The Contest with Germany 4:27 Read by TriciaG
4.37 The Survival of Superstition 3:38 Read by TriciaG
4.38 Roman Catholicism in England 7:44 Read by TriciaG
4.39 The Vatican Council 5:36 Read by TriciaG
4.40 The Old Catholics 6:40 Read by TriciaG
4.41 The Evangelical Alliance 4:11 Read by TriciaG
4.42 The Sunday-School 3:52 Read by TriciaG
4.43 The Revision of the Bible 4:34 Read by TriciaG
4.44 The Protestant Mission Field 16:21 Read by TriciaG
4.45 The Temperance Reform 4:08 Read by TriciaG
4.46 Philanthropy in England and Germany 7:26 Read by TriciaG
4.47 English Preachers 5:20 Read by TriciaG
4.48 Literature and Religion in England 5:42 Read by TriciaG
4.49 The Salvation Army 5:06 Read by TriciaG
4.50 Survey of Religious Life on the Continent 6:19 Read by TriciaG
5.1.1 The New Christendom 4:34 Read by TriciaG
5.1.2 The Spanish Colonization 10:04 Read by TriciaG
5.1.3 The French Colonization 9:33 Read by TriciaG
5.1.4 The English Colonization: Virginia and Massachusetts 14:53 Read by TriciaG
5.1.5 Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other English Colonies 9:13 Read by TriciaG
5.1.6 Continental Colonies: Dutch, Swedes, Huguenots, and other Protestants 7:55 Read by TriciaG
5.1.7 The Providential Planting 5:46 Read by TriciaG
5.1.8 Political Framework of the Colonies 6:49 Read by TriciaG
5.1.9 Church Government in the Colonies 7:48 Read by TriciaG
5.1.10 Education 9:59 Read by TriciaG
5.1.11 Intolerance in the Colonies 13:30 Read by TriciaG
5.1.12 Religious Life of the Colonies 6:22 Read by TriciaG
5.1.13 Colonial Worship and Usages 6:04 Read by TriciaG
5.1.14 Missions to the Indians 10:07 Read by TriciaG
5.1.15 Theological Movements 10:32 Read by TriciaG
5.1.16 Religious Literature 9:48 Read by TriciaG
5.1.17 Early Leaders 12:15 Read by TriciaG
5.1.18 The Influence of the Puritans 4:15 Read by TriciaG
5.1.19 The Episcopal Defection in Connecticut 3:56 Read by TriciaG
5.2.1 The Church at the Founding of the Republic 7:10 Read by TriciaG
5.2.2 The Separation of Church and State 8:15 Read by TriciaG
5.2.3 The French Infidelity 7:29 Read by TriciaG
5.2.4 Revival at the Beginning of the Century 5:57 Read by TriciaG
5.2.5 Expansion in the South and West 6:38 Read by TriciaG
5.2.6 The Protestant Episcopal Church 5:09 Read by TriciaG
5.2.7 The Congregational Church 5:14 Read by TriciaG
5.2.8 The Reformed Churches 6:08 Read by TriciaG
5.2.9 The Baptist Church 11:47 Read by TriciaG
5.2.10 The Presbyterian Church 12:54 Read by TriciaG
5.2.11 The Lutheran Church 10:45 Read by TriciaG
5.2.12 American Methodism 19:50 Read by TriciaG
5.2.13 The Roman Catholic Church 14:54 Read by TriciaG
5.2.14 The Unitarian Church 13:16 Read by TriciaG
5.2.15 The Universalist Church 9:11 Read by TriciaG
5.2.16 The Moravian Church 8:35 Read by TriciaG
5.2.17 Alexander Campbell and the Disciples of Christ 9:11 Read by TriciaG
5.2.18 The Quakers 9:34 Read by TriciaG
5.2.19 Other Denominations 26:05 Read by TriciaG
5.2.20 The Transcendentalists 10:24 Read by TriciaG
5.2.21 Communistic Churches 12:09 Read by TriciaG
5.2.22 The Mormons 14:27 Read by TriciaG
5.2.23 The Antislavery Reform 16:10 Read by TriciaG
5.2.24 The Temperance Reform 17:11 Read by TriciaG
5.2.25 Philanthropy and Christian Union 15:39 Read by TriciaG
5.2.26 Missions 16:46 Read by TriciaG
5.2.27 The Sunday-School 7:33 Read by TriciaG
5.2.28 Christian Literature 13:07 Read by TriciaG
5.2.29 The American Pulpit 12:56 Read by TriciaG
5.2.30 Theology of the American Church 12:52 Read by TriciaG
5.2.31 Theological Scholarship 19:04 Read by TriciaG

Reviews


(5 stars)

Great listening. If you’re interested in the history of the Christian church in America this is a wonderful way to gain insight into what brought us to the current day.

Short but broad history


(5 stars)

A short history of the Church, but very comprehensive. Well read by Tricia G.


(5 stars)

Fascinating subject. Thank you to the reader , you were wonderful!!