Fortress Press

The Christian Church: Biblical Origin, Historical Transformation, & Potential for the Future

The Christian Church

Biblical Origin, Historical Transformation, & Potential for the Future

Hans Schwarz (Author)


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With thoroughness and clarity, Hans Schwarz presents a historical and systematic understanding of the church — its worship and piety, its traditions and doctrines, its forms and structures. This skilled assessment outlines the impact of the church today and analyzes its prospects for the future.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800662318
  • Pages 384
  • Publication Date January 1, 1982


"With a stunning sweep of historical insight, The Christian Church propels our attention toward a promising Christian future. The author's scholarship and vision is informed by devotion to the present imperatives of our catholic heritage — theologically, liturgically, ecumenically, and socially. A critical love for the Church and its singular mission is evident throughout."
— Richard John Neuhaus

"Although Schwarz's Lutheranism is never far from the surface, he writes with a concern for the ecumenical church.... [This] book should make an excellent text for college classes in religion and for congregational study groups, as well as serving as a resource for the laity of the church."
The Christian Century

"The Christian Church will be an invaluable instrument to initiate students to the problems of ecclesiology seen in their historical background. It is well-informed, comprehensive, and ecumenical. While doing justice to the major Christian traditions of the past and present, it is entirely open to the future and the Spirit."
— George H. Tavard

"Professor Schwarz has given us a truly magisterial history of how the Christian church has thought and continues to think about itself."
Church History