History of Christianity Reading Room

This page is designed to help make History of Christianity resources available to those without easy access to a theological library. Many of the links below connect you to scanned, published books and articles made available by Google Books (often 75% of content). Importantly, Google Books allows you to search within a volume and also across volumes (rather than across the entire WWW).
NB: For bibliographic management and notetaking while reading, Zotero is highly recommended ("a free, easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources"). For page snapshots and printing of Google Book pages, try Microsoft's snipping tool (paste text into Word -- or Zotero).              - Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast


Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, Handbooks of Church History


Church History: Methods, Introduction to Research


Survey Texts of Church History and Readers

  

 Why Study History Through Primary Sources? (Adapted from James Harvey Robinson, "The Historical point of View", in Readings in European History, Vol I, [Boston: Ginn, 1904], 1-13)


Resources for Tyndale's History of Christianity I

(Kinkos Reader -Selections ["K"] by Donald Goertz and Ronald Kydd)

Tip: For screen "snapshots" and note-taking while reading the texts below, try using Zotero ("a free, easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources"), or the "Snipping Tool" in the Microsoft Office "Accessories" program folder)-ANF

I.THE EARLY CHURCH

II. THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH

  • Reading K5: St. Patrick. The Confession of St. Patrick. Tr. Ludwig Bieler. CCEL.
  • Reading K6: The Jesus Sutras. The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity. Ed. Martin Palmer. Ballantine, 2001. NB: available as Ebrary e-book to Tyndale students & faculty only.
    • Read pp. 224-232; 139-146; 147-150; 159-168 only of Ebrary e-book (click InfoTools top left to print)
  • Reading K7: Timothy I and Caliph Mahdi. "The Debate on the Christian Faith between Timothy I and Caliph Mahdi in 781 A.D." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 12. Vol 2. Cambridge W. Heffer & Sons Limited, 1928.
  • Reading K8: Benedict of Nursia. The Rule of St. Benedict. Tr. Boniface Verheyen. OSB, 1949.
  • Reading K9: The First Crusade (texts can be cut, pasted and printed)
    • Read Pope Urban II (1088-1099): Speech at Council of Clermont; Four Versions of the Speech.
    • Read The Siege and Capture of Antioch: The Discovery of the Holy Lance.
      • Read The Gesta Version. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants.. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read The Version of Raymond d`Aguiliers. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants.. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
    • Read The Siege and Fall of Jerusalem.
      • Read The Fall of Jerusalem, The Version of Raymond d`Aguiliers. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read The Fall of Jerusalem, The Gesta Version. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read The Frankish Victory, The Version of Raymond d`Aguiliers. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants.. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read "The Vision of Peace," The Gesta Version. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read "The Vision of Peace," The Version of Raymond d`Aguiliers. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
      • Read The News Spreads: The Letter of Manasses II, Archbishop of Reims. The First Crusade: The Accounts of Eyewitnesses and Participants. Ed. August. C. Krey. Princeton, 1921.
  • Reading K10: St. Francis of Assisi. The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi. Tr. Constance de la Warr. London, 1907.
    • Read First Rule of the Friars Minor (1221), pp. 1-27 only (here, or as pdf)
  • Reading K11: Luther, Martin. Concerning Christian Liberty, 1520. Tr. R.S. Grignon. Collier and Son, 1910.

 

16th Century Reformation


Resources for Tyndale's History of Christianity II

(Kinkos Reader - Selections ["S"] by Donald Goertz and Ronald Kydd)

I. THE REFORMATION CHURCH

  • Reading S5: de las Casas, Bartolomé.The Tears of the Indians. Tr. John Philips. Academic Reprints, 1656.
  • Reading S6: Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim`s Progress. Harper and Brothers, 1837

II. THE MODERN CHURCH

  • Reading S7: Ziegenbalg, Bartholomaeus. Thirty Four Conferences Between the Danish Missionaries and the Malabarian Bramans (or Heathen Priests) in the East Indies, Concerning the Truth of the Christian Religion: Together with Some Letters Written by the Heathens to the Said Missionaries. Tr. Jenkin Thomas Philipps, H. Clements, W. Fleetwood, and J. Stephens, 1719.
  • Reading S8: Jesuit Fathers. The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents: Travels and Explorations of the Jesuit Missionaries in North America, 1610-1791. Ed. R.G. Thwaites. The Burrows Brothers Co., 1898 (also pdf).
  • Reading S9: Wesley, John and Charles Wesley. John and Charles Wesley; Selected Prayers, Hymns, Journal Notes, Sermons, Letters, and Treatises. Ed. F. Whaling. Paulist, 1981.
  • Reading S10: Edwards, Jonathan. A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections: In Three Parts. Ed. John E. Smith. James Crissy, 1821 (with download/pdf option)
  • Reading S11: Alline, Henry. The Journal of Henry Alline. Ed. James Beverley. Lancelot Press, 1982.
    • Read pp. 9-39 (with download/pfd option)
  • Reading S12: Palmer, Phoebe.
    • Read pp.31-49 (to be supplied) in Tongues of Fire on the Daughters of the Lord. Ed. Thomas C. Oden. Paulist Press, 1988.
    • Read pp.17-70 in The Way of Holiness. University of Michigan, 1854 (with download/pdf option)
    • Read Introduction-Sec.III (pp.v-24) and Sec.XV-XVI (pp.96-105) in Entire Devotion to God. Oxford University, 1857 (with download/pdf option)
  • Reading S13: Finney, Charles G. Reflections on Revival. Ed. Donald Dayton

The Medieval Church in Europe

 

Resources for the Medieval and Early Church on the WWW

The Church in Eastern Europe

The Church in Africa

The Church in Asia


The Church in India


The Church in the Far-East

The Church in the Americas

 

The Church in Latin America

 

The Church in Canada


The Church in the United States


Religion in North America

  • Canadian Encyclopedia (includes Macleans Magazine, Youth Encyclopedia of Canada, and Encylopedia of Music in Canada)
  • Contemporary American Religion. Wade Clark Roof, ed. Macmillan, 2000. 2 vols. (available as eBook to the Tyndale community only over the Gale Virtual Reference Library).
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Rosemary Skinner Keller, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Marie Cantlon, eds. Indiana University, 2006. 3 vols. (available as eBook to the Tyndale community only over the Gale Virtual Reference Library).
  • Melton`s Encyclopedia of American Religions. J. Gordon Melton, ed. Eighth edition. Gale, 2009. Pp. 1386 (available as eBook to the Tyndale community only over the Gale Virtual Reference Library).
  • ... under construction ...

General Sources on the WWW

 

 

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