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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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Its strongest points are found in its consideration of Constantine, its deep look at the monastic movement (which is often demonized by Protestants, including Luther), and its consideration of the early reformation movements which were genuinely attempting to reform, rather than divorce from, the Catholic Church.
The book was also very effectively written, done in such a way that almost anyone could pick it up and read sections of it without trouble. However, despite the fact that it is very readable for the majority of the time, there are stretches where the author attempts to consider entire stretches of history. These sections can be incredibly detailed and very tough to read through, which sometimes killed the momentum of the book. Also, as an academic, I was a little concerned with how invisible his process of citation was. It would have been nicer to have some solid endnote referencing to ensure that he really was drawing from reliable sources, although I have little doubt that that is the case judging by the complex and helpful way that he presents Christian history.
I look forward to reading more in part 2!
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Great an interesting book. But I would have liked if the author would have given the sources for his claims. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Julien Desrosiers