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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.
Justo L. González, retired professor of historical theology and author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought, attended United Seminary in Cuba and was the youngest person to be awarded a Ph. D in historical theology at Yale University. Over the past thirty years he has focused on developing programs for the theological education of Hispanics, and he has received four honorary doctorates.
Starting with the preface, I loved this book because it is obvious that the author is a Christian and has a Christian heart. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stephen Bang
So far this book is absolutely enthralling. It is a shame that most Christians, me included, have a very small grasp of where our faith developed, was attacked, changed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tanya Floyd
If I want to read about the history of any religion, I stay far away from several loud-mouthed, exaggerated atheistic rhetoricians. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin B.
Recommended for persons wanting factual history of the evolution of Christianity and Church struggles from the disciples in Jerusalem through reformationPublished 4 months ago by Kay K. Kennedy
I may be terribly mistaken here. I wanted to go back and read the details of Tyndale's courageous death. I went to the index to find no listing of his name in either volume. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward A. Dingess
I only had to rea selct portioins of the book so I cannot evaluate the book other than 3 stars. I have no desire to read the rest of the book because of the scattered reading I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe Mich
I knew that this item was used, however, it appeared to have been wet and had what might have been the appearance of mold on some of the pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sheryl Shipman