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A history of the Christian church Unknown Binding – 1958
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The subsequent revised versions included a final section on 'Modern Christianity.' So much of what happen in the 20th century was added to later editions. The book is nicely divided into seven (VII) periods. These seven periods are:
Period I - The Beginnings to the Gnostic Crisis. This period covers the first two centuries of Christianity from Christ's time to the apologists ending in the second century.
Period II - From the Gnostic Crisis to Constantine. This is one of the better sections or 'Periods' marking the growth of the Church, the formation of Catholicism, and the development of theology.
Period III - The Imperial State Church. This section covers controversies which arose (Arianism, Pelagianism, etc.). It also covers the division which occurred between the East and the West, Augustine of Hippo, the Growth of the Papacy, etc.
Period IV - The Middle Ages to the Close of the Investiture Controversy. This section covers the expansion of Christianity into Europe, The Greek Church, the Papacy and the Ottoman Empire, and much more.
Period V - The Latter Medieval Ages. This is another excellent section covering the rise of Scholasticism and its thinkers (Anselm, Aquinas, etc.). The rise of Orders (Dominicans, Franciscans, etc.Read more ›
Despite the fact this is a one volume survey, I do not think this work is for the casual reader looking for a light introduction to church history. I don't mean to suggest that it is difficult reading, because I think it is actually written very well. It just seems to me that this text's appeal and value will be for the serious student who desires a more scholalry survey.
Overall, a very worthwhile book if you try not to get bogged down with all the dates and names put forth. From my limited experience, I think this is also a very thorough book which has gone through several revisions to keep it current.
Except for the fact I needed this for a class, I would not have purchased it at full price, or close to full price.
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The book as originally written and published is thorough and conversational, and has held up well over the past century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ElToro92630
The book explains the history of the church in a very easy and understandable wayPublished 8 months ago by Sunshine
What an eye opener about church history! You'll want to read this one.Published 9 months ago by Avid Reader
A History of the Christian Church while dated is readable and enjoyable. It covers the Church's beginnings through to just after World War One. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Graham Pottinger
Probably the single best resource book on church history. Lots of information, delivered honestly and with enough background to make it all interesting and useful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sbh1950
The benchmark of church history texts. Some copy quality issues but easily overlooked by the quality of the text.Published 14 months ago by William E. McAleer