Church History in Plain Language, 4th Edition
Do you suffer from historical amnesia? Many Christians do, holding knowledge of the church from the New Testament and of their current church denomination, but ignorant of the centuries in between. Sometimes that's less true for homeschoolers who have a stronger emphasis on world history and thus know something of the Church in ancient and medieval times. However, whichever camp you identify with, this is a book you will want for your library. Written to be understood by the layperson, it traces the history of the Christian church from the Age of Jesus and the Apostles (6 BC AD 70) through the Age of Catholic Christianity (AD 70-312), the Age of the Christian Roman Empire (AD 312-590), the Christian Middle Ages (AD 590-1517), the Age of the Reformation (AD 1517-1648, the Age of Reason and Revival (AD 1648-1789), the Age of Progress (AD 1789-1914), the Age of Ideologies (AD 1914-1989), and finally through the Age of Global Expansion and Relocation (AD 1900-). Each section is prefaced with a helpful timeline showing its key personages and events. A few helpful maps, additional timelines, and portraits provide the only other illustrations. Although large, this book is highly readable meaning two things: firstly, I found it easy to flip anywhere, read a few paragraphs and come away with a nugget of historical information I had not known or had forgotten. Secondly, the book lays open easily; the result of a superior binding, I suppose. Reading up on church history may not be your choice free time activity, but there are likely to be times when high school students or homeschooling moms/dads will need a good, approachable reference. This is it! 540 pgs, pb. ~ Janice
With more than 315,000 copies sold, this is the story of the church for today's readers. The fourth edition of Shelley's classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the twenty-first century. This latest edition of the book takes a close look at the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern hemisphere, addresses the decline in traditional mainline denominations, examines the influence of technology on the spread of the gospel, and discusses how Christianity intersects with other religions in countries all over the world. This concise book provides an easy-to-read guide to church history with intellectual substance. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language promises to be the new standard for readable church history.