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Chronological and Background Charts of Church History Paperback – April 6, 1986

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%Charts provide a sythesis and visual overview of information that helps in teaching, learning, and review. Facts, relationships, parallels, and contrasts are grasped easily and quickly.

%The 84 charts in Chronological and Background Charts of Church History provide a summary of key persons, events, dates, and ideas throughout church history--from ancient to modern European and American.

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Robert C. Walton is Bible Department chairman at the Christian Academy, Media, Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 6, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310362814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310362814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book of charts is part of a series covering the Old Testament, the New Testament, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Philosophy, etc.
I own several, and this one is a solid 3 1/2 stars. It provides a systematic overview of significant events of Church History in a format easily accessible by the informed layman.
The volume is, however, heavily weighted in favor of the "Reformed" branch of Protestant Christianity -- and this needs to be understood for any layman or member of the clergy who might choose to use it.
This being said, unlike points of philosophy or theology, history deals with facts in a more concrete fashion. Thus, while too much effort is spent, in my opinion, on a minority view within Protestantism, the presentation is historical, rather than doctrinal. The obvious bias does limits the ultimate value of this book for Catholic or Orthodox readers.
Nevertheless, this would still be a good book for the "informed layman" or for a church library.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on January 15, 2002
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I've had to buy several of these charts books for my classes. This one seems to be a bit more helpful and lot less biased than the ones I've had on other topics.
There are definitely theological leanings evident, but that is admitted up front and most stuff is dealt with even-handedly. Also, we're talking two thousand years of history--there is bound to be some selectivity going on. I feel Mr. Walton does a darn good job here.
Let's face it, Charts do not make for riveting reading. This book will be useful as a supplement to anyone wanting to study Church History (I'm sure glad I have it). The key word is "supplement." Don't try and read this by itself unless you're trying to cure insomnia.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
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This workbook is a wonderful aid to the student of church history. Putting the major movements of the development of the Christian church into chart form, this book will give you a ready reference to put people and important church situations in chronological context. Most charts include brief statements of appropriate theology or doctrine, allowing the student to quickly glance at the movement of the church. I'd highly recommend this as a resource to anyone interested in church history.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2001
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Sure, this book has a few errors in it, and some of the descriptions lean a bit too heavily toward a Reformed conservative-evangelical perspective. Still, considering the massive amounts of information that it compresses into such small spaces, it's an excellent resource. I would especially recommend it to persons who are using _Christian History Made Easy_ (from Rose Publishing)--the two books make a perfect pair, with the book of charts providing basic information and _Christian History Made Easy_ giving the context and filling in the gaps. Buy 'em both and learn nearly everything you need to know about church history in the simplest possible formats!
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By Wes Roberts on January 28, 2011
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The product was in good shape as was described. It is just an edition that has been improved or changed if it is to be used for the class I am taking. The assignments do not jive with the chart numbers in the new edition. Not Amazon's fault. I bought used, but now I found out the new edition is what I should have purchased.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Chang on May 18, 2005
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As the other reviews have mentioned, this book is great as a supplement but not as a stand alone church history book. I've been using this book quite a bit, however, as a good one stop reference for people and events that I've been reading about in various church history books. The charts are great at making connections between people, events, and even concepts which I've encountered in my reading. It's like having a church history professor's notebook handy to guide you as you read other books on church history.

Two church history books that I've found especially interesting and helpful have been:

"Church History In Plain Language" by Bruce Shelley - it's a little long, but it's a fast read because it reads like a novel.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0849938619/qid=1116426726/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-1572103-3320655

"Exploring Christian Thought" by Tony Lane - this isn't really a church history book, but it shows why church history is important by highlighting how key people and events have affected what Christians believe.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0785211438/qid=1116427095/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-1572103-3320655
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By KD on August 16, 2010
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This chart book gives you some valuable information but it seems to be incomplete, such as the Apostolic fathers, church fathers, etc. It is a good quick reference and can be helpful in teaching.
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