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Church History
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A. Subject-Matter

The subject-matter of Church history is the Church’s past. As a historical religion of revelation, Christianity originates in the historical person and saving work of Jesus Christ, the God-man. It not only has this local and temporal origin; its historical existence as this original Christianity is also continued in the Church. Its historicity is essential to its existence; it not merely has a history, it also is historical in its entire self-realization, for …

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August Franken, “Church History”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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