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 second part covers a thousand years of church history!!! A.D. 500-1500.
The messages are
- Introduction to the Middle Ages
- Justinian & Gregory
- Gregory, Missions & Islam
- Paths to God: Theologies
- Church Power & Dissent
- The Crusades
- Innocent III
- Monasticism and Scholasticism 1435
- Popes & Councils
- Great Scholastics
- Mysticism and the Renaissance
- Forerunners of the Reformation
I think Godfrey does a wonderful job balancing politics, history, theology, and personalities. It isn't just theology, doctrines, beliefs, and practices. Everything--church history especially--has a context it fits into. Doctrines, for example, can't be separated from human personalities and little vices like ambition, greed, and love of power and control! Viewers/listeners can learn so much from this series!
This second part of the series focuses mainly on the Roman Catholic church and how its doctrines evolved--were formed, reformed, transformed, etc--in this thousand year period. Was the church in need of Reform? Was reform inevitable? He touches on this in the very last episode.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible