"The church is more accustomed to receiving blows than to giving them. But I tell you, it is an anvil that has worn out many a hammer." — Theodore Beza (1519-1605 A.D.)

Church History Quiz
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1) Choose the correct chronological order for the birth of these four men:

a) Abraham, Jesus, Siddhartha (Buddha), Mahomet (Muhammed).
b) Siddhartha, Mahomet, Abraham, Jesus.
c) Abraham, Jesus, Mahomet, Siddhartha.
d) Abraham, Siddhartha, Jesus, Mahomet.

2) The Huguenots were:

a) People who believed hugging is a sin.
b) Early French Protestants.
c) A first century sect.
d) An order of medieval knights errant.

3) Know your heretics. Pick the right three wrong ones:

a) Marcion, Arius, Socinus.
b) Athanasius, Cyprian, Anselm.
c) Simon Magus, Simple Simon, Simon Legree.
d) Clement, Eusebius, Irenaeus.

4) This Christian heroine suffered in a prison camp for helping Jews escape Hitler's persecution:

a) Marlena der Kroehn.
b) Lorna von Doone.
c) Corrie ten Boom.
d) Laurie van Loom.

5) Three historic Christian literary works are:

a) Family of Man, Quo Homonculus Curus, Catcher in the Sky.
b) City of God, Cur Deus Homo, Pilgrim's Progress.
c) City of Angels, Why Bad Things Happen to Good People, Josephus' History of the Christian Wars.
d) The Autobiography of Zwingli, The Didache, The Shepherd of Hermes.

6) An eminent Christian leader who lived c. 225 A.D. might be called:

a) A post-Nicene father.
b) A Cappadocian father.
c) A post-Reformation father.
d) An ante-Nicene father.

7) Which of the following are founded upon Christian values, purposes and goals?

a) The Massaschusetts Bay Colony, Brown University, the YMCA
b) Princeton University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dartmouth College.
c) Harvard University, the Salvation Army, Rutgers University.
d) All of the above.

8) American divine Jonathan Edwards (1745 - 1801 A.D.) was:

a) The son of the more well known Jonathan Edwards.
b) The man who preached "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
c) The founder of the China Inland Mission.
d) The father of the more well known Jonathan Edwards.

9) The letters A.D. following a date mean:

a) Anno Domini, "year of our Lord" in Latin.
b) After Death (i.e. the death and following resurrection of Jesus).
c) Ancient Delineation.
d) Ancillary Date.

10) The Year 1054 A.D. is best known in Church History for:

a) The Great Schism between the East and the West.
b) The Seventh Ecumenical Council.
c) The Edict of Nantes.
d) Being the time between 1053 A.D. and 1055 A.D.

11) What is the significance of the Synod of Dordt (1618-19 A.D.)?

a) It put a stop to all religious persecution in the Netherlands.
b) It formally opposed and exposed the error of Arminianism.
c) The Pre-Millenial view of eschatology originated there.
d) It decreed that all Christians must eat fish on Fridays.

12) At the Council of Trent, 1545 - 1563 A.D.:

a) Papists and Protestants struck a compromise.
b) The reformers essentially condemned the Church Catholic.
c) The papacy essentially condemned the Reformation.
d) Archdeacon Rodney the First said, "Can't we all just get along?"

13) Tridentine refers to:

a) An early heresy regarding the Trinity.
b) The so called "Three Teeth Movement" of the 7th century.
c) A syncretistic cult that believed in Neptune, god of the sea.
d) The dogma of the Council of Trent.

14) In the year 1517 A.D.:

a) John Calvin's "Insitutes of the Christian Religion" was first published.
b) Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg church.
c) Pope Impious XIII declared war on the Reformation.
d) Thomas Aquinas' "Summa Theologica" was first published.

15) Bishop Nicholas of Myra (western Turkey), died 342 A.D., was:

a) The real, historical person behind the Santa Claus myth.
b) Present at the Council of Nicea.
c) Almost deposed for slapping the face of a heretic.
d) All of the above.

16) Name the two that are the closest contemporaries:

a) The New Testament and the Nicene Creed.
b) John Knox and John Owen
c) The London Baptist Confession of Faith and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
d) Tertullian and Bernard of Clairvaux.

17) Modern Christians remember the ancient city of Chalcedon as:

a) The place where state-backed Roman persecution was halted.
b) The place where a movement to do away with bishops began.
c) The place where six apostles are allegedly buried.
d) The place where a great creed was adopted (in 451 A.D.)

18) What do John Wycliffe, John Hus, and William Tyndale have in common?

a) Martyrdom.
b) Their labors to get the Bible translated into English.
c) They were all great teachers, despite their personal illiteracy.
d) None of the above.

19) Perpetua and Felicitas were:

a) The grandmother and mother of Ignatius of Antioch.
b) The wives of Justin Martyr and his opponent in debate, Trypho.
c) Two women martyred in North Africa for the faith, c. 200 A.D.
d) Daughters of Augustine of Hippo, renowned for their works of charity.

20) British Christian statesman William Wilberforce is well known for:

a) His translation of many ancient Latin works.
b) His pioneering of the Sunday School movement.
c) His tireless labors as an abolitionist.
d) His authorship of hundreds of hymns.

21) John of Antioch in Syria (347 - 407 A.D.):

a) Was called Chrysostom (the golden mouthed) on account of his gifted preaching.
b) Was the first bishop to advocate prayer for the dead.
c) Was called Chrysomanus (the golden handed) on account of his generosity.
d) Was the last known descendant of an apostle; Andrew was his ancestor.

22) Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in:

a) 1335 A.D.
b) 1353 A.D.
c) 1543 A.D.
d) 1453 A.D.

23) The place and date of the founding of America's first presbytery:

a) Savannah, Georgia 1744 A.D.
b) Baltimore, Maryland 1695 A.D.
c) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1706 A.D.
d) Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1619 A.D.

24) The Protestant Reformation is best described as:

a) The religious dimension of the Renaissance.
b) A great restoration of apostolic doctrine and practice.
c) A grievous set back for unity among all Christians.
d) An insignificant blip on the radar screen of history.

25) The Coptic Church is associated with:

a) Egypt and Ethiopia.
b) Scandinavia and northern Germany .
c) Central South America.
d) Christian police officers.

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