For Part  - "Why?" - see here.
For Part  - "Sources" - see here.
For Part  - "Types" - see here.
For Part  - "How?" - see here.
This is just a little bit 'extra' to our Theology 101 series. I wanted to give us a kind of 'Church History Reading List'. Please note: I am in no way suggesting that this is a comprehensive or perfect guide. In fact, I'd really like it if you guys (on Facebook or in the comments below) could add to this, and help us make it better. These are just texts and figures that I've encountered on my journey, put into a particular arrangement. I'll be expanding the post as we go along to make it as helpful as possible.
The list below is presented in broad chronological order, starting from the texts of the 1st Century, into the early 2nd Century, and then beyond. It forms a Church history of sorts - as well as an informal theological 'syllabus'. I'd imagine one would benefit from reading a text belonging to each of these categories, in the order of their historical appearance ... but then I'm a pseudo-autistic completionist, and you really don't want to go down that rabbit hole.