The Social Achievements of the Christian Church

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Regent College Publishing, 2004 - 204 pages
First published in 1930, The Social Achievements of the Christian Church, was one of the first modern surveys of Christian social and ethical influence from the time of Christ until the 20th century. In it Edmund Oliver argues that the Christian church-despite numerous and admitted errors in its attempt to influence surrounding culture-has nonetheless rendered outstanding social service to the world. Examples of the church's external influence can be seen in the establishment of hospitals, asylums, and orphanages; in preservation of learning through the formation of universities; in caring for the needy; and in the philosophical and ethical influence that underpins much of legal and political thought in Western culture. Edmund H. Oliver (1882-1935) taught history and economics before becoming the principal of St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon, and eventually the fourth moderator of the United Church of Canada. During the World War I he served as chaplain to the 196th Battalion and the Canadian Training School and Trench Warfare School at Benhill-on-Sea, England. He also launched the University of Vimy Ridge while in England.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I WHAT HAs THE CHURCH Done?
1
Jesus AND THE Apostolic CHURCH
10
UNDER THE PAGAN EMPIRE
24
UNDER THE CHRISTIAN EMPIRE AND AMong THE BAR BARIAN TRIBEs
45
IN THE MIDDLE AGES
78
In THE TRANSITION CENTURIESUNDER THE RENAIS sance THE REFoRMATION AND To THE INDUSTRIAL Revolution
108
From THE FRENCH Revolution ro THE GREAT WAR
140
THE PRESENT TREND AND THE PRESENT Issue
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