Church History in Plain Language: Third Edition Paperback – Dec 2 2008
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About the Author
Dr. Bruce Shelley was Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. He held the M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Among his previous publications are The Church: God's People; Evangelicalism in America; and The Cross and the Flame.
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The book is divided by epochs, that is, 'ages' of Jesus and the Apostles; Catholic Christianity; Christian Roman Empire; Christian Middle Ages; Reformation; Reason and Revival; Progress; and Ideologies. Unfortunately, due to his selection biases, as the Church goes through its schisms, Shelley tends to focus on West over East, then Protestant over Catholic. This is not to say that the other streams of tradition are never mentioned again, but the massive majority of limelight after AD 1500 (about half the book) goes to Protestantism, and once the Americas come on the scene, American and British Protestantism. Further, although he picks and chooses events to suit his narrative, there is little mention of the Pentecostal Movement and Charismatic Renewal of the 20th century that transformed the face of the world-wide church. So although this is an excellent one volume compendium of church history, it is understandably (given the fact that it is only one volume) weak in certain areas.Read more ›