The Story of Christianity: Early Church to the Reformation v. 1
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The Story of Christianity: Early Church to the Reformation v. 1 : The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation

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Sheds light on the major cultural and theological currents shaping the church during this period.show more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 566.99g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 006185588X
  • 9780061855887
  • 12,749

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"This crisp retelling of Christian history from the days of the apostles to the eve of the Reformation is filled with insight. Gonzalez excels in the brief character sketch. With economy of expression he is still able to define the significance and enliven the character of many great figures in the church's first 1500 years. An additional strength is the careful treatment of Christian expansion into Central and South America during the early modern era. This is a good book for introductory courses, for personal reading, and for adult education in the church."--Mark A. Noll, associate professor, Wheaton Collegeshow more

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In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo Gonzalez 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, Gonzalez 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. Gonzalez 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.show more

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