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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.
I read this book for my church history class and it was a pleasure.
The book was not too much of a college level read, like when you really have to fight your way through the book, or give up half way through it.
Very well researched, engaging, well written, the most compact and comprehensive history of Christianity I've seen in quite some time.
After reading Samuel Hugh Moffett's fantastic "A History of Christianity in Asia," I was looking for a book which covered global history (East and West) to recommend to... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Matthew
very comprehensive, great for studying the events how Christ's church survived over centuries of persecution.Published 28 days ago by Alfred Gordon
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 1 month 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 4 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 5 months ago by Justin B.