Medieval Wisdom For Modern Christians
Many Christians today tend to view the story of medieval faith as a cautionary tale. Too often, they dismiss the Middle Ages as a period of corruption and decay in the church. They seem to assume that the church apostatized...
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Many Christians today tend to view the story of medieval faith as a cautionary tale. Too often, they dismiss the Middle Ages as a period of corruption and decay in the church. They seem to assume that the church apostatized from true Christianity after it gained cultural influence in the time of Constantine, and the faith was only later recovered by the sixteenth-century Reformers or even the eighteenth-century revivalists. As a result, the riches and wisdom of the medieval period have remained largely inaccessible to modern Protestants.
Church historian Chris Armstrong helps readers see beyond modern caricatures of the medieval church to the animating Christian spirit of that age. He believes today's church could learn a number of lessons from medieval faith, such as how the gospel speaks to ordinary, embodied human life in this world. Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians explores key ideas, figures, and movements from the Middle Ages in conversation with C. S. Lewis and other thinkers, helping contemporary Christians discover authentic faith and renewal in a forgotten age.
Chris R. Armstrong (Ph.D., Duke University) is associate professor of church history at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Armstrong has authored Patron Saints for Postmoderns: Ten from the Past Who Speak to Our Future contributed chapters to Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land (edited by Mark A. Noll and Edith L. Blumhofer) and to Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders (edited by James R. Goff Jr. and Grand Wacker). He has written over seventy articles as the former managing editor of Christian History & Biography magazine, and he is a contributing writer to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, www.christianhistory.net and other publications. He blogs regularly at www.christianitytodayblogs.com/history
- Many Christians Today Tend To View The Story Of Medieval Faith As A Cautionary Tale. Too Often, They Dismiss The Middle Ages As A Period Of Corruption And Decay In The Church. They Seem To Assume That The Church Apostatized From True Christianity After It Gained Cultural Influence In The Time Of Constantine, And The Faith Was Only Later Recovered By The Sixteenth-century Reformers Or Even The Eighteenth-century Revivalists. As A Result, The Riches And Wisdom Of The Medieval Period Have Remained Largely Inaccessible To Modern Protestants.<br> <br> Church Historian Chris Armstrong Helps Readers See Beyond Modern Caricatures Of The Medieval Church To The Animating Christian Spirit Of That Age. He Believes Today's Church Could Learn A Number Of Lessons From Medieval Faith, Such As How The Gospel Speaks To Ordinary, Embodied Human Life In This World. <i>medieval Wisdom For Modern Christians</i> Explores Key Ideas, Figures, And Movements From The Middle Ages In Conversation With C. S. Lewis And Other Thinkers, Helping Contemporary Christians Discover Authentic Faith And Renewal In A Forgotten Age.