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St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
December 1, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Institutional Development before Constantine
Lecture # 11
Dec. 1, 2019 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
History is not merely a matter of great men and the struggle of big ideas. It involves social structures and social dynamics. We have already seen that the 2nd. and 3rd. centuries were when Christianity became a more definite and visible institution. In this lecture, we’ll focus on the development of such social structures and dynamics during the same period. In particular, we’ll take a closer look at three dimensions of Christianity’s institutional development: its growth in space and numbers, its elaboration of worship and leadership, and its hierarchical structure.