Church history offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so, not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. This series looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church.
Filled with maps, charts and illustrations, Volume One explores the development of the church from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation. Among other things, it includes:
- Overviews of the Roman, Greek and Jewish worlds
- Insights into the church's relationship to the Roman Empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians
- The place of art and architecture, and literature and philosophy, both sacred and secular