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The Early Christian Church
This paper presents four papers, based on Justo Gonzalez's "The Story of Christianity, Volume1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation".
# 33016 | 2,900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 19, 2003 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper consists of four papers, each dealing with a part of Justo Gonzalez's "The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation." The paper addresses the theological errors of the early Christian church, the theological problems concerning the divinity of Christ in the imperial church, the growth of medieval monasticism and early colonialism and the church.

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"The early church faced a number of ideological controversies and errors. Justo Gonzalez, in Part I, "The Early Church", of his well-known book, The Story of Christianity, Volume1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, argues that "Christian theology developed in the very act of responding to pagan objections" (Gonzalez, 33), which he notes were varied. Pagans accused Christians of everything from incest, cannibalism to intellectual inferiority and contradiction (Gonzalez, 49-50). At once, such attacks made Christians rise to defend their religion and also made them question their ideas. The apologists strove to explain and address criticism directed against and misconceptions of the church. At the same time, however, the development of another interpretation of Christianity - Gnosticism - seemed to present a threat to the church. Since so many had been converted to the early church, their previous ideas sometimes impacted the ways they read the new faith. As a result of this and the inherent complexity and sometimes ambiguity of the Christian message meant that ideological errors, misrepresentations, or controversies arose."

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