Monday, July 10, 2017

DVD Review: A Survey of Church History, Part One

A Survey of Church History, Part One: A.D. 100-600.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]

For anyone who loves history or theology, I recommend Ligonier's teaching series, A Survey of Church History. W. Robert Godrey is the teacher, and he's fabulous! The series has six parts. The first part covers A.D. 100-600, roughly. This may be the most unfamiliar and most intimidating period of church history. But Godfrey manages to keep it informative and interesting. He even manages to work in a few jokes at R.C. Sproul's expense!

The twelve messages are

  • Introduction
  • Expansion of the Church
  • Defending the Faith
  • Pioneering Theologian: Origen
  • Developing Theology
  • The Bishop
  • Constantine and the Church
  • Jesus as God
  • Jesus as Man
  • The East and the West
  • Augustine
  • Worship and Sacraments

I have always wondered what the difference was between the Eastern Orthodox and the Western church. And I believe he covers that a bit in this series. The answer is the Eastern Orthodox focuses more on the wonder of the Incarnation and the Western church focuses more on the cross. I also found the lesson on Augustine to be enjoyable. I had started reading City of God by Augustine earlier in the year, but had put it aside. After listening to this series, I picked it up again. I am now making some progress in it!

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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