In context

Thirty-five of the stories from In Context appear on this web site. For the rest, look for the forthcoming book. 160 pages, full color, lavishly illustrated.

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Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 154 pages

Producer: Christian History

  1. Introduction

    Introduction to the book

  2. My soul magnifies the Lord

    Mary, the Mother of Jesus (flourished first century). Quoted in the Gospel of Luke.

  3. You Are the Christ

    The Apostle Peter (died ca. 64). Quoted in the Gospel of Matthew.

  4. If I have all faith

    The Apostle Paul (died ca. 67), in his first letter to the Corinthians.

  5. For God So Loved the World

    John the Evangelist (flourished first century), in his Gospel.

  6. I am the wheat of God

    Ignatius of Antioch (died ca. 107), in his letter to the Romans.

  7. Christians in the world

    Unknown author (second century)in the Letter to Diognetus.

  8. Eighty-six years have I served him

    Polycarp of Smyrna (ca. 69–ca. 155). Quoted in a letter from the church of Smyrna.

  9. You can’t hurt us

    Justin Martyr (ca. 100–ca. 165), in his First Apology.

  10. The prison was made to me a palace

    Vibia Perpetua (ca. 180–ca. 202), in Acts of the Martyrs.

  11. On the Unity of the Church

    Cyprian of Carthage (died 258), from On the Unity of the Church.

  12. In Hoc Signo Vinces

    Constantine (ca. 280–337). Quoted in the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius.

  13. He was made man

    Athanasius (ca. 296–373), from On the Incarnation.

  14. What will you answer to the judge?

    Basil the Great (ca. 330–379), in a sermon.

  15. Destroy the property of Christ

    John Chrysostom (ca. 345–407), from On the Priesthood.

  16. Our Hearts are Restless

    Augustine of Hippo (354–430), in Confessions.

  17. Always Have Some Work on Hand

    Jerome Heironymus (ca. 342–420), in a letter to Rusticus.

  18. Ill fortune is of Greater Advantage

    Boethius (ca. 470–524), in The Consolation of Philosophy.

  19. Prefer nothing whatever to Christ

    Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–ca. 550 ), in his Benedictine Rule.

  20. Precursor of Antichrist

    Gregory the Great (ca. 540–604), in his official correspondence.

  21. In him are two natural wills

    Sixth Ecumenical Council (681), in its Definition of Faith.

  22. I believe in God the Father

    Pirmin (flourished eighth century), in the Writings of Abbot Pirminius.

  23. To come at length to yourself

    The Venerable Bede (ca. 672–735), in Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

  24. All glory, laud, and honor

    Theodulf of Orléans (ca. 760–821), in “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.

  25. We did not know where we were

    Russian Ambassadors (987), in a report to Prince Vladimir of Kiev.

  26. You exist so truly, Lord

    Anselm (1033–1109), in Proslogion.

  27. God wills it!

    Franks at Clermont (1095). Shouted in response to Pope Urban II.

  28. The death of the pagan

    Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), from In Praise of the New Knighthood.

  29. All praise be yours, my Lord

    Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), in “Canticle of the Sun.”

  30. I can write no more

    Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1224–1274), in conversation with Brother Reginald.

  31. Subject to the Roman Pontiff

    Boniface VIII (ca. 1235–1303), in Unam Sanctam.

  32. All shall be well

    Julian of Norwich (ca. 1342–ca. 1416), in her Showings.

  33. Ignorant of the Scripture

    John Wycliffe (ca. 1324–1384), from On the Truth of the Holy Scripture.

  34. Truth conquers all things

    Jan Hus (ca. 1369–1415), in a letter to Christian of Prachatice

  35. The lesser of two evils

    Thomas á Kempis (ca. 1380–1471), in The Imitation of Christ.

  36. Truth at a lower temperature

    Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560), at the Leipzig Debate.

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