F. X. Funk

A Manual of Church History, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)


F. X. Funk
   - A Manual of Church History, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from A Manual of Church History, Vol. 1

In composing this Manual our aim was to cast into handy form those main facts of Church History with which every well-trained theological student should be familiar. To attain this end it was necessary, whilst neglecting nothing of importance, to eliminate everything irrelevant or of minor interest, to be content with the briefest possible descriptions, and to arrange our matter in such wise as to make our studious youth thoroughly at home in the vast region of the History of the Church. In the hope of giving an impulse to deeper study, we have been at pains to name the best and most recent works on each subject, and to refer at some length to the more famous points of controversy. In what concerns antiquity, in order to cultivate the spirit of research, we deemed it well, so far as considerations of space permitted, to refer in the footnotes to the original works. To have attempted more would have enlarged this work beyond all reasonable proportions, and increased correspondingly the labour of the student. Every teacher knows by experience how much depends on due measure, and several historians (e.g. Alzog), who, in beginning, were unmindful of this need, were ultimately compelled to abridge their more ponderous works to suit the convenience of colleges.

The desire of being, before all else, brief, explains why we have allowed the facts to speak for themselves, and have, so far as possible, refrained from comment. A philosophy of history presupposes a full knowledge of the facts, and where brevity is needed, it is best to confine oneself to the facts.

The first edition of this work was published in 1886.

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