- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 2nd Revised, Updated ed. edition (Aug. 10 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780061855887
- ISBN-13: 978-0061855887
- ASIN: 006185588X
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Story of Christianity: Volume 1, The: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation Paperback – Aug 10 2010
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"This crisp retelling of Christian history from the days of the apostles to the eve of the Reformation is filled with insight. Gonzalez excels in the brief character sketch. With economy of expression he is still able to define the significance and enliven the character of many great figures in the church's first 1500 years. An additional strength is the careful treatment of Christian expansion into Central and South America during the early modern era. This is a good book for introductory courses, for personal reading, and for adult education in the church."--Mark A. Noll, associate professor, Wheaton College
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In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo González tells the story of Christianity from its fragile infancy to its pervasive dominance at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. The Story of Christianity, volume 1, relates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought.
From Jesus's faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully weaves details from the lives of prominent figures tracing core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church. The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church.
This new edition of The Story of Christianity incorporates recent archaeological discoveries to give us a better view of the early Christian communities. Among these are advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of "Christianities" in the first century. González also includes important research done in the past twenty-five years revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church.
With lively storytelling incorporating the latest research, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity.See all Product description
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The book is an easy read as the author did a marvellous job of not getting mired in details which could easily happen in a book covering 1500 years. The language used is modern making it approachable by the modern reader. In depth theological knowledge is not required to get the information being presented.
Like all good books it provides information to point to other books, people, and events that if you are interested in you can investigate further.
It is a book that an atheist would come away from proud of their point of view that religion is corrupt, and those Christians are terrible people. For me as a Christian I came away with mixed feelings and thoughts. I am deeply saddened by those that abused the power and wealth given to them by the official Civial powers. I am inspired and challenged by the many in those years and before that clearly demonstrated the love and life changing affect of the Word. I am les hopeful about the near future that the official Church will rebuff the current attack on our faith. History has shown very clearly that from the individual to he Bishops and Popes have a poor history of standing strong in the faith against the lure of riches, pleasure, and power. To some extent I accept this more, expect it as the outcome, and ask for forgiveness for them, while at the same time the same for me.
My experience with history textbooks in the past has not been pleasant as they were often dry presentations of dates, names, and events.
I was amazed that I breezed through 1,000 plus pages so easily as a result of the incredibly fluid writing style of the author. Even so, the books are jam-packed with content - a sort of intellectual fruitcake of Christian history, theology, and missions.
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