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The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Randy Petersen has written about thirty books and coauthored the two popular devotional books One Year Book of Psalms and One Year Book of Hymns with his father, William J. Petersen. He lives in Westville, New Jersey.
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However, this book is a great jumping off point for someone who would like to study Christian history more in depth. Through the process of reading this book, you can discover people and events that particularly interest you and search deeper into those topics, rather than haphazardly grabbing a 20 volume set of Christian History and flipping.
Also, I enjoyed this book because it did not limit itself to the 100 most important PEOPLE. I enjoyed reading about the printing press, and the Spanish Inquisition, as well as Charles Spurgeon and Hudson Taylor.
This book is a great introduction to Christian history that will allow you to find events and people you want to study more in-depth. It is a great springboard for study.
The momentous events that have shaped Christianity since Christ's resurrection are presented in a timeline format, which makes it a smooth-flowing book. Reducing all of the world's Christianity-influenced events to "merely" 100 must have been quite a daunting task, with many notable events hitting the cutting-room floor. But I believe the choices were excellent, and the reader will be rewarded with better knowledge and a deeper understanding of Church history.
This book does a fantastic job of condensing the major events of 2000 years into 200 pages. If you are looking for a "crash course" in church history, this is the one. It reminds me of 2000 years of cliff notes in one volume. Each event is given around two pages of information, which is just enough to wet your appetite to dig deeper. This is a good intro and I would recommend reading it in tandem with Church History In Plain Language or A Global History of Christians.
This book is only for starters because it is not a systematic treatment of the christion history, i.e. the dots are not connected by lines and the background is not fully dispicted.
I'm not a huge fan of their use of "legend" (ex. Boniface chopping down the Thundering Tree in Germany, 716; or Martin Luther giving his "Here I Stand" speech at the Diet of Worms, 1521. ... To clarify, the legend was speaking of the speech only; the authors hold to the true historical event that Luther was present and on trial at the Diet of Worms in 1521). Thankfully, however, the uses of the "legend" word were only rare, isolated instances.
All in all, it really is an easy but informative read beginning from 64 when Rome was set ablaze with fire up through 1966-1976 when the church in China is seeing major significant growth. Their records of key missionaries were also much appreciated and helpful.
I don't know anything about the background of the authors; but I certainly appreciate their work, as there really is a need for a true "layman's guide" to church history. Layman or not, I believe this work will be useful to all who want a general, abridged survey of the history of the Christian Church.
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wonderful information this book should be in your library.Published 7 months ago by Doreen L. Keene
A great, concise overview of 2000 years of the church history--all at your fingertips. Many great stories of many great men.Published 9 months ago by Leo Kaylor
We ordered The 100 most important events in Christian History for friends and gave them as gifts. Everyone appreciated the gift.Published 9 months ago by Carolina Howland