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The church of the first century, or the Apostolic Age, possesses a peculiar interest for Christians of all denominations, since it constitutes the first and by far the most important chapter in its history, and is the common mother of Catholicism and Protestantism, though materially differing from both. History of the Christian Church: The First 100 Years is a revision of the first volume of the multi-volume History of the Christian Church by church historian Philip Schaff. While it is faithful to the book, it presents the information without the footnotes, lists of source of information, and other data that is important to scholars, yet merely clutters the page for the average reader. First published in 1858, many consider History of the Christian Church to be one of the best histories of the church ever written and with the removal of the "scholarly" information, this volume makes it easy for the average Christian to read about and understand the men and women who, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, began the work of Jesus Christ in building His church.
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Philip Schaff (January 1, 1819 - October 20, 1893), was a Swiss-born, German-educated Protestant theologian and a historian of the Christian church, who, after his education, lived and taught in the United States. In 1843 he was called to become professor of church history and Biblical literature in the German Reformed Theological Seminary of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, then the only seminary of that church in America. His History of the Apostolic Church (in German, 1851; in English, 1853) and his History of the Christian Church (7 vols., 1858-1890), opened a new period in American study of ecclesiastical history. He became a professor at Union Theological Seminary, New York City in 1870 holding first the chair of theological encyclopedia and Christian symbolism till 1873, of Hebrew and the cognate languages till 1874, of sacred literature till 1887, and finally of church history, till his death. He also served as president of the committee that translated the American Standard Version of the Bible, though he died before it was published in 1901.
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