History of Medieval Christianity: Prophesy and Order / Edition 1

History of Medieval Christianity: Prophesy and Order / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Burton Russell, Douglas W. Lumsden
     
 

This volume, a general history of the church in the Middle Ages, pays close attention to the spiritual, intellectual, and institutional aspects of medieval Christianity. From its beginnings, the church has existed in a state of tension between two forces: the spirit of order and the spirit of prophecy. The spirit of order attempts to reform humanity and human

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This volume, a general history of the church in the Middle Ages, pays close attention to the spiritual, intellectual, and institutional aspects of medieval Christianity. From its beginnings, the church has existed in a state of tension between two forces: the spirit of order and the spirit of prophecy. The spirit of order attempts to reform humanity and human institutions; the spirit of prophecy attempts to transform them into the world of God. This tension created a balance within the church that kept it from forgetting the nature of basic religious experience while continuing to remain sensitive to the needs of society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820445113
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
205

Meet the Author

The Authors: Jeffrey Burton Russell is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of sixteen previous books, including most recently A History of Heaven: The Singing Silence. His other works include Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages: The Search for Legitimate Authority; Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians; and his series on the history of the embodiment of evil, including The Prince of Darkness: Evil and the Power of Good in History; Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World; Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages; and Satan: The Early Christian Tradition.
Douglas W. Lumsden is currently Assistant Professor of History at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He received his Ph.D. in Medieval History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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