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Christian History Issue #28: The 100 Most Important Events in Church History

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Inside this issue you'll find 100 of the Greatest Events in Church History
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    Inside this issue you'll find 100 of the Greatest Events in Church History:
  • Titus Destroys Jerusalem (A.D. 70)
    When the Roman general sacked the temple, the Jews were forced into a new era—and so were the Christians.

  • The Edict of Milan (313)
    The agreement shifted Christianity from being an illicit, persecuted sect to being a welcome—and soon dominant—religion of the Roman Empire.

  • The First Council of Nicea (325)
    At stake in the church's first general council was the simplest,yet most profound, question: Who is Jesus Christ?

  • Athanasius Defines the New Testament (367)
    His letter is the earliest authoritative statement to fix the New Testament as we know it today.

  • Augustine Converts to Christianity (386)
    A brilliant, profligate professor of rhetoric became the church's leading theologian for centuries to come.

  • Jerome Completes the Vulgate (405)
    This Latin translation stood as the preeminent Bible text for centuries—and set the standard for future translators.

  • The Council of Chalcedon (451)
    If Jesus was truly God, how could he be truly human as well? Leo the Great helped guide a critical council to a clear answer.

  • Benedict Writes His Monastic Rule (540)
    His flexible, compassionate guidelines for Christian community forever shaped monastic life—and influenced Western society.

  • Vladimir Adopts Christianity (988)
    The pagan prince of Kievan Rus' embraced a new faith, leading to the Christianization of the Ukrainian, Russian, and Byelorussian peoples.

  • The East-West Schism (1054)
    Long-standing differences between Western and Eastern Christians finally caused a definitive break, and Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox still remain separate.

  • Pope Urban II Launches the First Crusade (1095)
    Waves of pilgrims and soldiers embarked for the Holy Land, beginning an era of exploration, conquest, defeat, and folly.

  • Thomas Aquinas Concludes His Work on Summa Theologiae (1272)
    The massive treatise set forth a theological system so influential it has been declared eternally valid.

  • The Great Papal Schism (1378)
    When two popes, and later three popes, vied for supremacy, the medieval church entered a dramatic, forty-year crisis of authority.

  • Gutenberg Produces the First Printed Bible (1456)
    Using his revolutionary invention—printing from movable type—he made the Scriptures potentially accessible to every person.

  • Luther Posts the 95 Theses (1517)
    An obscure monk invited debate on a pressing church issue—and touched off a history-shattering reform movement.

  • The Diet of Worms (1521)
    Was the wayward Luther free to dissent? A German council rendered a judgment.

  • The Anabaptist Movement Begins (1525)
    Hated by Protestants and Catholics alike, these "radical reformers" wanted to not merely reform the church but restore it.

  • The Act of Supremacy (1534)
    Breaking from Rome, the English Parliament declared King
    Henry VIII "the only supreme head on earth of the Church of England."

  • John Calvin Publishes Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536)
    Either adored or abhorred, the reformer and his teachings live on in his monumental work.

  • The Council of Trent Begins (1545)
    Responding to the Reformation, the council charted the Catholic church's course for the next 400 years.

  • Publication of the King James Bible (1611)
    A team of scholars produced an English Bible translation unsurpassed in linguistic beauty and longevity.

  • John and Charles Wesley Experience Conversions (1738)
    They were ordained ministers and missionaries. Then their hearts were "strangely warmed," and their changed lives gave rise to a worldwide movement.

  • The Great Awakening Peaks (1740)
    A mighty wave of revival washed across North America, forever altering the religious landscape.

  • The Second Vatican Council (1962)
    In an epochal council, the Catholic Church undertook its most searching self-examination ever and renewed itself for a modern world.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Leads the March on Washington (1963)
    A Baptist preacher had a dream that guided one of the most profound social movements of our times.

  • 75 Other Important Events in Church History
    A brief listing of significant dates that also earn a place in the "Christian History 100"