Church History in Plain Language
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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. Features include: Includes contemporary developments related to the spread of the gospel Discusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and grows Covers the explosion of Christianity in the southern hemisphere
It's about time that someone wrote church history that tells about people, not just about "eras" and "ages." Church History in Plain Language taps the roots of our Christian family tree. It combines authoritative research with a captivating style to bring our heritage home to us.
With more than 275,000 copies sold, this is the story of the Church for today's readers. This third edition improves the most engaging and readable single-volume history of the Church by bringing the story into the twenty-first century. Faced with some astonishing changes in the Islamic world, a global resurgence of Roman Catholicism, the decline of Christianity in the West coupled with the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern and eastern hemispheres, readers need a current explanation with intellectual substance that will provide historical context and update readers on all these new developments. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language does that in a stimulating manner, and it promises to be the new standard for readable Church History. Features include: Includes contemporary developments, such as the growth of Christianity in China and the rise of global Islam
Traces the history of the Church, focusing on the motivations of its founders, conflicts, key figures, and defining events over the centuries.
Traces the history of the Church, focusing on the motivations of its founders, conflicts, key figures, and defining events over the centuries.
Now organized around 14 key moments in church history, this well-received text provides contemporary Christians with a fuller understanding of God as He has revealed his purpose through the centuries and around the world. Original.
Theology is not just for theologians. In our everyday lives, says Bruce Shelley, theology is nothing more than the beliefs Christians use to describe truth. It's necessary, important and accessible to all of us. To prove his point, the popular author of Christian History in Plain Language lays out the basic beliefs of our faith in an appealing, conversational style. "Throughout these chapters," Shelley says, "I have tried to imagine a long walk with a friend, new Christian or non-Christian, who jas just asked me, 'What do you mean by the Christian faith?' " Here is the answer, including the Garden and the Fall, the cross, God the Trinity and the mystery of suffering in our world. At the end of this "walk," you will know for certain: This is an extraordinary book for ordinary people.
In this concise, accessible guide, author Christopher Catherwood takes his readers through the history of the faith, educating them about the uniqueness of Christianity from its birth to the diverse, global Evangelical Church we know today. Church History is the perfect place to start for anyone who wants to know where to begin this quest for knowledge. Enjoy discovering more about the lives of men and women from various times and places, not only to better understand the church, but also to know how to live wisely in this age. These are some of the many reasons why history is so important. From those who desire to learn more about their fellow followers of Jesus Christ throughout history to those who want to learn more about church for themselves, this book will test you to dig deeper in your faith.
This fantastic book by Dr Timothy Paul Jones summarizes the most important events in Christian history - from the time of Jesus to today - in 13 easy chapters. Dozens of photos, quotes and websites to make learning more fun.
In this pathbreaking book, award-winning author Douglas Jacobsen describes global Christianity and provides a framework for understanding the varied experiences of Christians around the world. Focusing on the five big continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, Jacobsen recounts their differing histories, contemporary experiences, and cultural theologies. In the current era of massive and dynamic global challenges, this accessible and fair-minded volume sets the stage for Christians worldwide to engage the gospel--and each other--more deeply. Global Gospel contains numerous maps, charts, and illustrations that aid comprehension. Accompanying videos can be found on YouTube's "Global Christianity" channel (www.youtube.com/globalchristianity).
One of the chief difficulties in studying the history of Christianity is the lack of prior exposure to the subject that students often bring with them. Struggling to keep up with the large numbers of names, dates, and places presented to them, it is easy for students to lose sight of the "big picture," the broad sweep of movement and change that instructors most wish to communicate. Justo Gonzalez has written this book to help students gain just such a quick and basic grasp of the main periods and issues in the history of Christianity. Drawing upon his own extensive experience and that of others, he contends that having been introduced to the essentials of church history in a brief and accessible form, students are far better able to understand and appreciate what they encounter in more detailed lectures and reading. Gonzalez provides a comprehensive opening chapter that summarizes major issues and concerns of each of the principal eras of church history. Subsequent chapters focus on the ancient church, the Christian empire, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and the twentieth century and the end of modernity.
The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing 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."
In this new and substantially expanded Third Edition, Philip Jenkins continues to illuminate the remarkable expansion of Christianity in the global South--in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Drawing upon the extensive new scholarship that has appeared on this topic in recent years, he asks how the new Christianity is likely to affect the poor, among whom it finds its most devoted adherents. How should we interpret the enormous success of prosperity churches across the Global South? Politically, what will be the impact of new Christian movements? Will Christianity contribute to liberating the poor, to give voices to the previously silent, or does it threaten only to bring new kinds of division and conflict? Does Christianity liberate women, or introduce new scriptural bases for subjection? Acclaim for previous editions of The Next Christendom: Named one of the Top Religion Books of 2002 by USA Today Named One of the Top Ten Religion Books of the Year by Booklist (2002) Winner of the Christianity Today Book Award in the category of "Christianity and Culture" (2002) "Jenkins is to be commended for reminding us, throughout the often gripping pages of this lively work...that the history of Christianity is the history of innovative--and unpredictable--adaptations." --The New York Times Book Review "This is a landmark book. Jenkin's thesis is comprehensively researched; his analysis is full of insight; and his projection of the future may indeed prove to be prophetic." --Baptist Times "A valuable and provocative look at the phenomenon widely ignored in the affluent North but likely to be of enormous importance in the century ahead.... The Next Christendom is chillingly realistic about the relationship between Christianity and Islam." --Russell Shaw, Crisis "If the times demand nothing less than a major rethinking of contemporary global history from a Christian perspective, The Next Christendom will be one of the significant landmarks pointing the way." --Mark Noll, Books & Culture
Many of our readers, we know, have neither the time nor the opportunity for reading the voluminous works that have been written from time to time on the history of the church. Still, that which has been the dwelling-place of God for the last eighteen hundred years, must be a subject of the deepest interest to all His children. We speak not now of the church as it is often represented in history, but as it is spoken of in scripture. There it is seen in its true spiritual character, as the body of Christ, and as the "habitation of God through the Spirit." TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE CHAPTER 1 THE ROCK FOUNDATION CHAPTER 2 THE DAY OF PENTECOST FULLY COME CHAPTER 3 THE DISCIPLES PERSECUTED AND SCATTERED CHAPTER 4 THE MISSIONARIES OF THE CROSS CHAPTER 5 THE APOSTLE PAUL CHAPTER 6 PAUL'S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY A.D. 54 CHAPTER 7 THE BURNING OF ROME CHAPTER 8 THE INTERNAL HISTORY OF THE CHURCH CHAPTER 9 FROM COMMODUS TILL THE ACCESSION OF CONSTANTINE CHAPTER 10 CONSTANTINE CHAPTER 11 THE COUNCIL OF NICE CHAPTER 12 THE INTERNAL HISTORY OF THE CHURCH CHAPTER 13 THE EPISTLE TO THE CHURCH IN THYATIRA CHAPTER 14 THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY OVER EUROPE CHAPTER 15 MAHOMET, THE FALSE PROPHET OF ARABIA CHAPTER 16 THE SILVER LINE OF SOVEREIGN GRACE CHAPTER 17 THE PROPAGATION OF CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER 18 THE CHURCH-BUILDING SPIRIT REVIVED CHAPTER 19 THE PONTIFICATE OF GREGORY VII CHAPTER 20 THE CRUSADES CHAPTER 21 HENRY V. AND GREGORY'S SUCCESSORS CHAPTER 22 THE ENCROACHMENTS OF ROME IN ENGLAND CHAPTER 23 THE THEOLOGY OF THE CHURCH OF ROME CHAPTER 24 INNOCENT III. AND HIS TIMES CHAPTER 25 INNOCENT AND THE SOUTH OF FRANCE CHAPTER 26 THE INQUISITION ESTABLISHED IN LANGUEDOC CHAPTER 27 THE APPROACHING DAWN OF THE REFORMATION CHAPTER 28 THE DECLINE OF PAPAL POWER CHAPTER 29 THE FORERUNNERS OF THE REFORMATION CHAPTER 30 JOHN WYCLIFFE CHAPTER 31 THE REFORMATION MOVEMENT IN BOHEMIA CHAPTER 32 THE CAPTURE OF CONSTANTINOPLE CHAPTER 33 THE REFORMATION IN GERMANY CHAPTER 34 THE FIRST PAPAL JUBILEE CHAPTER 35 LUTHER AT WARTBURG CHAPTER 36 PROTESTANTISM CHAPTER 37 THE SACRAMENTARIAN CONTROVERSY CHAPTER 38 THE COUNCIL OF BOLOGNA CHAPTER 39 THE POPISH REFUTATION CHAPTER 40 THE REFORMATION IN SWITZERLAND CHAPTER 41 THE LEADERS OF THE REFORMATION IN SWITZERLAND CHAPTER 42 THE RESULTS OF THE DISPUTATIONS CHAPTER 43 THE GENERAL PROGRESS OF REFORM CHAPTER 44 THE EXTENSION OF REFORM IN SWITZERLAND CHAPTER 45 THE REFORMATION IN GERMANY CHAPTER 46 THE OPENING OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT CHAPTER 47 "THE INTERIM" CHAPTER 48 THE EFFECT OF THE REFORMATION IN GERMANY ON THE NATIONS OF EUROPE CHAPTER 49 THE REFORMATION IN FRENCH SWITZERLAND CHAPTER 50 THE REFORMATION IN FRANCE CHAPTER 51 THE GREAT PROGRESS OF THE REFORMATION CHAPTER 52 THE WALDENSES CHAPTER 53 THE REFORMATION IN THE BRITISH ISLES CHAPTER 54 ENGLAND CHAPTER 55 THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH
The story of Christianity is a fascinating tale. Here we find drama, vision and expansion along with failure, setbacks and tragedy. Yet during the past two thousand years the power of Jesus is felt throughout the interplay of human actors and the forces of world events. How can you grasp the story played out on such a gigantic stage? This book is an ideal place to start. D. Jeffrey Bingham has skillfully selected the key people and episodes to tell a grand and humbling story. From Roman persecution to the early creeds, from the monastic movement to the Reformation, from the rise of liberalism to missionary expansion, he chronicles the ups and downs of a people and a faith. This pocket history has been crafted for students, pastors and other busy people who want an informed, clear and concise presentation that feeds the mind and moves the heart. It is an account that nurtures the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. For Bingham aims not only to uncover the treasures of the church's past but also to show how history aids your own spiritual journey today.
Brush up on the people, places, and events every Christian should know about with this fascinating, accessible guide. Ideal for pastors and speakers.
Rose Book of Bible and Christian History Time Lines is one of the top Bible timelines sold through Christian bookstores. It includes 20 feet of time lines in one beautiful hard-bound book! Compare Bible history, world history, and Middle Eastern rulers and empires side by side. Then unfold this giant Bible Timeline poster and put it up on the wall or down the church hallway. This dramatic timeline is guaranteed to grab people's attention in Bible study and adult Sunday school.This incredible Bible timeline not only covers events from Genesis to Revelation, it also covers all of church history, including the expansion of Christianity, and persecution of Christians around the world, as well as the history of Bible translation.