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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?

Who was Nero?

What is the Apostles' Creed?

What is the Didache?

What is the Nag Hammadi library?

Who was Justin Martyr?

Who was Quadratus of Athens?

What is the Letter to Diognetus?

Who was Saint Irenaeus of Lyons?

Who was Athenagoras of Athens?

What is the Diatessaron?

Who was Tatian of Adiabene?

What is Novatianism?

Who was Origen of Alexandria?

Who was Flavius Josephus?

What is the Muratorian Canon?

Who was Eusebius of Caesarea?

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 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 Constantine the Great?

What was the Edict of Milan?

What is the Nicene Creed?

What occurred at the Council of Nicea?

Did Constantine decide what books belonged in the Bible?

What happened at the Council of Laodicea?

Who were the Cappadocian Fathers?

Who was Basil of Caesarea?

What happened at the 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 are Sabellianism, Modalism, and Monarchianism?

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?

Who was Polycarp?

Who was Tertullian?

Who was Saint Augustine in church history?

What is The City of God?

Who was Gregory the Great?

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 Saint Francis of Assisi?

Who was Saint Thomas Aquinas?

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 were the Moors?

Who were the Knights Templar?

What was Unam Sanctum?

What happened at the Council of Florence?

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

What were the Lateran Councils?

Who was Catherine of Siena?

Who was Jan Hus (John Huss)?

Who were the Waldensians, and what did they believe?

Who was Teresa of Avila?

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 was the Diet of Worms?

What is the Augsburg Confession?

What was the Radical Reformation?

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 was William Tyndale?

Was Martin Luther anti-Semitic?

Who was Desiderius Erasmus?

What is the Textus Receptus?

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?

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?

What is Puritanism and what did the Puritans believe?

What is the Westminster Confession of Faith?

Who was Jonathan Edwards?

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

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

Who was John Wesley?

What is neo-orthodoxy?

What is the Restoration movement?

What is Restorationism?

Who was Immanuel Kant?

Who was Friedrich Schleiermacher?

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?

What is the Charismatic movement?

Who was Rudolf Bultmann?

Who was Karl Barth?

Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Who was C.S. Lewis?

What happened at Vatican II / the Second Vatican Council?

What is the Third Wave Movement?

What is Evangelicalism?

What is Fundamentalism?

What is post-modern Christianity?


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