- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Revised, Subsequent edition (December 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310208122
- ISBN-13: 978-0310208129
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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%The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by incorporating events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5) New photos. Over 100 photos in all more than twice the number in the previous edition Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look Improved maps (21) and charts (39)
Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to "the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity."
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Earle E. Cairns, professor emeritus of Wheaton College, is a graduate of Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha (Th.B.) and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D.). He is a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History. He taught at Wheaton for thirty-five years and was department chairman for much of that time. He was consulting editor for the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church
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Lead Pastor, Exodus Church (Asheville, NC)
The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five deals with the chronology. Although the book generally moves steadily through the centuries, chapter by chapter, I found the breakdown within the chapters to be more topical than chronological. My personal preference while learning history is to move year by year, aware of all the things happening concurrently with each other. Cairns deals more topically, whether about events or historical person, so I felt like we were jumping around in time a lot making it difficult for me to keep all events in sequence. Admittedly, this is a personal problem, but it was frustrating enough for me to subtract one star. Hope this helps.
that would cover all the stages of the Christian Church since the time of Christ, this seems to fit my need.
I have not completed this book, as I am reading it slowly with other books, but so far it is fulfilling the need I had for a book on the Christian church.