In the first of Andrew’s three essays he exposes some of the important effects that Constantine’s conversion had on early Christianity. Seeing these effects one will come to better understand how Christianity was able to grow in numbers and influence throughout Europe, and how it was able to build upon the good already present within Roman society, and reject what was deemed unhealthy.
In the second and third essays Andrew attempts to tackle certain issues of the Protestant Reformation. He first looks at the differences between how the Reformation played itself out in England and in Germany. After which he turns his attention to broadly outline how the notion of ‘Reform’ differed between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in these two lands.
As he says in his Preface to these essays, the purpose of Andrew making these essays available is not to add to the vast literature currently available on these topics, but merely to respond to an implicit request from many of his students who have confessed their lack of awareness of these important historical events, and of how the past has influenced the present. As such, these essays were written in order to fill this gap and with the hope of sparking an interest in the reader that will result in a greater desire to know more about these colossal events and how they have affected the modern world in which we live.