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Questions about Church History (All)

What is the history of Christianity?

What was early Christianity like?

Why is it important to be familiar with church history?

What is historical theology?

What was the first / original church? Is the original / first church the true church?

Was Saint Peter the first Pope?

Does the Bible record the death of the apostles? How did each of the apostles die?

How did the apostle Peter die?

How did the apostle Paul die?

How did the apostle John die?

Did the Apostle Thomas (St. Thomas) take the gospel all the way to India?

What impact did Claudius Caesar have on Christian history?

Who was Nero?

What impact did Domitian have on Christian history?

Who was Tacitus?

What impact did the Pax Romana have on the early spread of Christianity?

What were the Roman-Jewish Wars?

What is the Apostles' Creed?

Who were the Apostolic Fathers?

What was the apostolic age?

What is the Didache?

What is the book known as Apostolic Constitutions?

What was the Decian persecution?

What does it mean that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church”?

What impact did Diocletian have on Christian history?

What is the Nag Hammadi library?

Who was Justin Martyr?

What happened at the Council of Jamnia?

Who was Pliny the Elder?

Who was Pliny the Younger?

Who was Saint Eustace?

Who was Quadratus of Athens?

What is the Letter to Diognetus?

Who was Saint Irenaeus of Lyons?

Who was Valentinus? What was Valentinianism?

Who was Athenagoras of Athens?

What is the Diatessaron?

Who was Tatian of Adiabene?

What impact did Marcus Aurelius have on Christian history?

What is Novatianism?

Who was Origen of Alexandria?

What is the Mandylion?

Who was Flavius Josephus?

What is the Muratorian Canon?

Who was Papias of Hierapolis?

Who was Eusebius of Caesarea?

Who was Firmilian of Caesarea?

Who were Perpetua and Felicity?

Who was Cyril of Jerusalem?

What is the origin of the Catholic Church?

What is Roman Catholicism?

What is the Eastern Orthodox Church and what are the beliefs of Orthodox Christians?

What was the Great Schism?

What is the history of the Orthodox Church?

What is Coptic Christianity and what do Coptic Christians believe?

Who were the early church fathers?

Who was Cyprian of Carthage?

Who was Hippolytus of Rome?

Who was Martin of Tours?

Who was Clement of Alexandria?

Who was Athanasius?

What is the Athanasian Creed?

Who was Saint Brendan the Navigator?

Who was Hilary of Poitiers?

Who were Saints Cyril and Methodius?

Who was Lactantius?

What is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?

Who was Constantine the Great?

What is the meaning of the Chi-Rho symbol?

What was the Byzantine Period?

What was the Edict of Milan?

What were the ecumenical councils?

What is the Nicene Creed?

What occurred at the Council of Nicea?

What happened at the Council of Hippo?

What occurred at the Second Council of Nicea?

Did Constantine decide what books belonged in the Bible?

What happened at the Council of Laodicea?

Who was Saint Nicholas?

Who were the Cappadocian Fathers?

Who was Basil of Caesarea?

Who was Gregory of Nyssa?

Who was Gregory of Nazianzus?

Who was Boethius, and what was his impact on Christianity?

What happened at the Council of Constantinople?

What happened at the Second Council of Constantinople?

What happened at the Council of Carthage?

Who was John Chrysostom?

Who was Theodore of Mopsuestia?

What is Montanism?

What is Donatism?

What is Arianism?

What is Marcionism?

What happened at the Council of Ephesus?

What is Sabellianism?

What is Docetism?

What is Socinianism?

What is Monothelitism?

What is Nestorianism? Who were the Nestorians?

What was the Pneumatomachian heresy / Macedonianism?

What was the significance of the Council of Chalcedon?

Who was Benedict of Nursia? What is the Rule of Saint Benedict?

Who was Clement of Rome?

Who was Philo of Alexandria?

Who was Ignatius of Antioch?

What are the Letters / Epistles of Ignatius?

Who was Polycarp?

What is Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians?

What is the Martyrdom of Polycarp?

Who was Tertullian?

Who was John Cassian? What is Cassianism?

Who was Ambrose of Milan?

Who was Ambrosiaster?

Who was Saint Augustine in church history?

What is The City of God?

Who was Pelagius?

Who was Saint Jerome?

Who was Gregory the Great?

Who was the Venerable Bede?

Who are the doctors of the church?

Who was John of Damascus?

What was the Merovingian Dynasty? What was its influence on church history?

What was the Carolingian Dynasty? What was its influence on church history?

What impact did Charlemagne have on church history?

What impact did Scholasticism have on church history?

What is iconoclasm?

What were the Dark Ages?

Who was Anselm of Canterbury?

Who was Bernard of Clairvaux?

Who was Peter Abelard?

Who was Peter Lombard?

Who was Hildegard of Bingen?

Who was Saint Francis of Assisi?

Who was Albertus Magnus?

What was the Investiture Controversy, and how did it impact Christianity?

Who was Saint Thomas Aquinas?

What is the Summa Theologica?

What was the Holy Roman Empire?

Who was Joan of Arc?

How was the gospel preserved during the Middle Ages?

What were the Christian crusades?

What were the Children’s Crusades?

What was the Kingdom of Jerusalem?

Who are the Hospitaller Knights?

Who were the Moors?

Who were the Knights Templar?

What was Unam Sanctum?

What happened at the Council of Florence?

What was the conciliar movement / conciliarism?

What was the Avignon Papacy / Babylonian Captivity of the Church?

What happened at the Council of Constance?

What impact did Duns Scotus have on the Christian faith?

Who was William of Ockham?

Who were Ratramnus and Radbertus?

What were the Lateran Councils?

Who was Catherine of Siena?

What is neo-scholasticism? What is neo-Thomism?

What impact did the Renaissance have on Christianity?

What is the Donation of Constantine?

Who was Jan Hus (John Huss)?

Who were the Taborites?

Who were the Waldensians, and what did they believe?

Who was Teresa of Avila?

What is the Gutenberg Bible?

What was the Protestant Reformation?

What is Protestantism?

What is a Protestant?

Who was Martin Luther?

What are the 95 theses of Martin Luther?

Who was Philip Melanchthon?

What is Luther’s Small Catechism?

What was the Diet of Worms?

Who was Martin Bucer?

What is the meaning of semper reformanda?

What is the Augsburg Confession?

What was the Radical Reformation?

What was the Marburg Colloquy? What were the Marburg Articles?

What was the Counter-Reformation?

What happened at the Council of Trent?

What is sola scriptura?

What are the five solas?

What were the Inquisitions?

Who was John Wycliffe?

Who were the Lollards?

Who was William Tyndale?

Was Martin Luther anti-Semitic?

Who was Desiderius Erasmus?

What is the Textus Receptus?

Who was St. John of the Cross?

Who was Ulrich Zwingli?

Who was Heinrich Bullinger?

Who was John Calvin?

Why did John Calvin have Michael Servetus burned at the stake for heresy?

Who was Jacobus Arminius?

Who was John Knox?

What was the Synod of Dort?

Who was Theodore Beza?

What is the Heidelberg Catechism?

Why is Queen Mary I of England known as Bloody Mary?

What were the religious wars / wars of religion?

Who are the Primitive Baptists and what do they believe?

What is Pietism?

What is a Congregational Church / Congregationalism?

What was the Enlightenment, and what impact did it have on Christianity?

Who were the Anabaptists, and what did they believe?

Who are the Hutterites, and what do they believe?

Who are the Plymouth Brethren and what do they believe?

Who were the Pilgrims, and what were their beliefs?

Who were the Nonconformists in church history?

What is Puritanism and what did the Puritans believe?

Who was John Foxe? What is Foxe’s Book of Martyrs?

What is the Belgic Confession?

What is the Westminster Confession of Faith?

Who was David Brainerd?

Who was Jonathan Edwards?

What is the Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God sermon?

Who was George Whitefield?

Who was William Carey?

Who was Adoniram Judson?

Who was David Livingstone?

What was the First Great Awakening? What was the Second Great Awakening?

Who was John Wesley?

Who was Charles Wesley?

Who was C. T. Studd?

What is neo-orthodoxy?

What is the Restoration movement?

What is Restorationism?

Who was Voltaire, and how did he impact Christian history?

What impact did Rene Descartes have on the Christian faith?

What impact did Blaise Pascal have on the Christian faith?

Who was Immanuel Kant?

Who was Friedrich Schleiermacher?

What is Romanticism? How has Romanticism affected Christianity?

What is revivalism?

Who was Charles Finney?

Who was Søren Kierkegaard?

Who was Charles Haddon Spurgeon?

What happened at Vatican I / the First Vatican Council?

Who was John Bunyan?

What was the Haystack Prayer Meeting?

Who was John Owen?

Who was Matthew Henry, and what is the Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible?

Who was Isaac Watts?

Who was Thérèse of Lisieux?

Who was John Newton?

Who was William Wilberforce?

What is the Charismatic movement?

Who was Rudolf Bultmann?

What was the Great Disappointment?

Who was Albert Barnes?

Who was John Nelson Darby?

What was the temperance movement?

Who was Oswald Chambers?

Who was J. C. Ryle?

Who was Sir William Ramsay?

Who was Arthur Pink?

Who was C. I. Scofield?

Who was Clarence Larkin?

Who was Karl Barth?

Who was Hudson Taylor?

Who was George Mueller?

Who was D. L. Moody?

Who was F. B. Meyer?

Who was B. B. Warfield?

Who was G. Campbell Morgan?

Who was Watchman Nee?

Who was Billy Sunday?

Who was Charles Parham?

What was the Azusa Street Revival?

Who was Grigori Rasputin and what impact did he have on Christianity?

Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Who was Corrie ten Boom?

Who was Fanny J. Crosby?

Who was Philip P. Bliss?

Who was R. A. Torrey?

Who was Mary Slessor?

Who was Amy Carmichael?

Who was G. K. Chesterton?

Who was H. A. Ironside?

Who was C.S. Lewis?

Who was Martyn Lloyd-Jones?

Who was Gladys Aylward?

What happened at Vatican II / the Second Vatican Council?

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Who was Cesar Chavez?

What is Evangelicalism?

What is Fundamentalism?

Who was Smith Wigglesworth?

Who was J. Gresham Machen?

Who was A.W. Tozer?

Who was William Barclay?

Who was Lewis Sperry Chafer?

Who was F. F. Bruce?

Who was J. Vernon McGee?

Who was Francis Schaeffer?

What is post-modern Christianity?

Who was Jim Elliot?

Who was Elisabeth Elliot?

Who was Henry Morris?

Who was John Walvoord?

Who was J. Dwight Pentecost?

Who was John Stott?

Who was Charles Ryrie?

Who was Warren Wiersbe?

What is the Third Wave Movement?

Is the Last Reformation movement biblical?

Who was Chuck Smith?

Who was Billy Graham?

Who was Dallas Willard?

Who was Howard Hendricks?

Who was R.C. Sproul?

Who was Norman Geisler?

Who was Eugene Peterson?

Who was Ravi Zacharias?

Who was Luis Palau?

Who was J. I. Packer?

Who was Charles Stanley?

Who was Timothy Keller?

Who was Pat Robertson?

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