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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (December 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851513174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851513171
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on October 15, 2005
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S.M. Houghton's book on church history was a book that was first given to me while I was in college. I skeemed through it but found it to be boring. My reading was very limited back then. But after picking up this book again and reading it afresh these many years later, I found Dr. Houghton's work to be a great understanding of church history.

Dr. Houghton takes his reader from the foundation of the Church by the Lord Jesus Christ at Pentecost (Acts 2) to the early 20th century. He shows the ups and downs of Church history from the corruption of the Church by the Roman Catholic Church to the Reformation under Martin Luther. He has particular focus on the Puritans and their influences on the Church in America. The book has a negative view of Arminians (with the exception of John and Charles Wesley) but the reader must make their own opinions about these matters.

For those desiring a Reformed, Evangelical view of Church History you will find this book a wonderful resource. A must read for true disciples.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Pine on October 19, 2009
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I've found this book to be the best summary of church history I've ever used, not only because it is concise, but because it is written as story, and is therefore interesting. Excellent scholarship combined with a gift of the use of language, and church history becomes a living thing. The copious illustrations add immensely to the value of the book as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. on July 8, 2010
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Have read this book a few times and always get something out of it that I missed the first time.A good book for the average person to read to get a glimpse of church history...very interesting comments made about Islam especially with the present climate regarding that faith....and eye opener to read that Islam was used to bring discipline on the church. I would recommend to anyone that would like to know how the church has been, from the beginning, on through the Crusades, the Reformation, the split in the church between the East and West up to the time of Spurgeon. Interesting also to know a little of the history of the Baptists, the reformers, the Methodists and also the persecution of the church down through the ages. All in all, a very informative and easy to read book on our faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veritas on June 1, 2011
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This fascinating and easy to read book shares the history of the church up to the late 19th century. It is an excellent resource and I only wish I'd known about it when it was first published in 1980. It covers the Waldensians, Knox, Zwingli, Calvin and much, much more. Recommended for every believer.
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I have had this book for many years. This is one book that I use to look up different religious groups or certain people of the Reformation. It is interesting reading from start to finish, giving a time line of events of church history. I intent to give each of our children a book for Christmas. It's a great resource.
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