Christian History Timeline: Twenty Five Writing that Changed the Church and the World

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From 2,000 years ago to the day before yesterday … Here’s where the writings described in this issue fall into the sweep of the last 2,000 years of history.

The top 25 (in red) … … and some others we love from our top 100

First through fourth centuries

• Irenaeus, Against Heresies (c. 175–185) [#21]

• Apostolic Tradition (c. 200)

• Athanasius, On the Incarnation (c. 319) [#9]

• The Nicene Creed (325, revised 381) [#7]

• Athanasius, Life of Antony (c. 356–362)

• The Apostles’ Creed (390 or earlier)>

• Augustine, On Christian Teaching (397, 4th book added in 426) [#18]

• Augustine, Confessions (c. 398) [#1]

 

Fifth and sixth centuries

• Augustine, On the Trinity (c. 400–428) [#19]

• Augustine, City of God (413–426) [#4]

• Cyril, On the Unity of Christ (440)

• Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy (c. 523)  

• Benedict, Rule (c. 540s) [#11]

• Pope Gregory I (“Gregory the Great”), Pastoral Rule (c. 591) [#24]

 

Eleventh through fifteenth centuries

• Anselm, Why God Became Man (c. 1095–1098) [#17]

• Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on the Song of Songs (begun 1136) 

• Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (1265–1274) [#2]

• Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1320) [#16]

• Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (1395) 

• Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ  (c. 1418–1427) [#10]

 

Sixteenth century

• Martin Luther, Lectures on Romans (c. 1515–1516) [#25]

• Martin Luther, 95 Theses (1517) [#5]

• Martin Luther, Freedom of a Christian (1520) [#14]

• John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536) [#3

• Book of Common Prayer (1549) [#12]

• John Foxe, Actes and Monuments (Foxe’s Book of Martyrs) (1563) 

• Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle (1577)

• John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul (c. 1578) 

 

 

Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

• Westminster Confession (1646) [#20]

• John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) [#6]

• Jonathan Edwards, Treatise on Religious Affections (1746) [#23]

• John Wesley, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (1777) [#22]

 

Nineteenth and twentieth centuries

• Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) 

• Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (1898)

• Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics (1932–1967) [#15]

• Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937) [#13]

• Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain (1948)

• C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952) [#8]

• Catherine Marshall, Beyond Ourselves (1961)

• Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)

This article is from Christian History magazine #116 Twenty-Five Writings that Changed the Church and the World. Read it in context here!

By the editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #116 in 2015]

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