Unparteyische Kirchen- und Ketzer-Historie. Vom Anfang des Neuen Testaments Biss auf das Jahr Christi 1688 ... [Bound with:] Fortsetzung und Erläuterung oder Dritter und Vierdter (- letzter) Theil der unpartheyischen Kirchen- und Ketzer-Historie
Franckfurt: Thomas Fritsch, 1700. Two works in one. , 422, 728, ; , 284, 848, 26, , pp.
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Arnold's influential "Impartial History of the Church and of Heresy."
"In this major revision of church history, Arnold directed his sharpest criticism against those who wrote deeply biased apologetic "orthodox" histories instead of trying to understand where substantial religious differences actually came from. In his view, "heresy making" was usually the defensive reaction of those in authority, rather than a true indictment of unconventional thinkers. He thought that the worst calamity in Church history was its establishment as the accepted and orthodox faith by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the fourth century. Arnold evinced a remarkable sympathy for a huge variety of "heretics." This "impartial history" exercised a wide influence on the German Enlightenment and won approval from such thinkers as Johann Wolfgang Goethe in addition to Leo Tolstoy."