I just started following a new blog, Twenty-One Centuries, by Chris Ross. One of the few specific Church History blogs I have found.
I thought I’d share an interesting post from his blog, Learn the History of the Church in Four Words. I know we are supposed to be wary of pressing history into convenient schemes, but I like what he suggests here. Simplistic? Absolutely. But helpful? Yes.
In teaching church history I have sometimes used the following four-word sequence to summarize the last 2,000 years:
DEFENSE – DEVELOPMENT – DECADENCE – DIVERSITY
Each word describes one of four 500-year divisions.
See his full post for what falls under each heading: