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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.
Justo González is a Cuban-American Methodist minister, theologian, and church historian. Along with his wife Catherine Gunsalus González, he teaches as an adjunct... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Austin DeArmond
This book was required for a theology course I took on Christian history. Though perhaps not as academic as one would expect yet it was accessible and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A well written treatise in plain language. In some places I would have liked a bit more detail, but this book (and Volume 2) certainly provides a solid platform from which to carry... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
Really great history of the church from Christ until the Reformation. Gonzalez does a great job of consolidating the history while at the same time, giving good explanation behind... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.R.
nicely written - style of writing flows easier than most history textbooks.Published 2 months ago by Mama2Harris
In another text ('The Changing Shape of Church History'), Justo Gonzalez writes about the shift away from a Eurocentric focus on the history of Christianity to a recognition that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by FrKurt Messick