Church History & the 500 Year Wall

kinnon —  December 3, 2007 — Leave a comment

Brad Boydston points to Terry Mattingly’s column on Phyllis Tickle.

“What happened before the Great Reformation, we all know,” said Phyllis Tickle, author of “God Talk in America” and two dozen books on faith and culture. “We know, for instance, that some sucker sailed west and west and west and didn’t fall off the dad gum thing. That was a serious blow.”

So Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and then a flat, neatly stacked universe flipped upside down. Soon, people were talking about nation states, the decline of landed gentry, the rise of a middle class and the invention of a printing press with movable type. Toss in a monk named Martin Luther and you’re talking Reformation — with a big “R” — followed by a Counter-Reformation.

Back up 500 years to 1054 and you have the Great Schism that separated Rome and from Eastern Orthodoxy. Back up another 500 years or so and you find the Fall of the Roman Empire. The transformative events of the first century A.D. speak for themselves.

Church leaders who can do the math should be looking over their shoulders about now, argued Tickle, speaking to clergy, educators and lay leaders at the recent National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta.

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