Church History in Plain Language

Written by Bruce L. Shelley, Foreword by Mark Noll This book makes church history clear, memorable, and accessible to every reader.The author makes church history come alive in this classic book that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many...

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Written by Bruce L. Shelley, Foreword by Mark Noll

This book makes church history clear, memorable, and accessible to every reader.

The author makes church history come alive in this classic book that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms. What separates Dr. Shelley's book from others is its clarity, both of language and organization. Church History in Plain Language treats history as the story of people—their motivations, the issues they grapple with, the decisions they make—and the result is that history reads like a story, almost as dramatic and moving as a novel. Yet there is no fiction here. The author is a respected scholar whose work is painstakingly researched and carefully crafted for historical accuracy.

Church History in Plain Language makes history easy to follow and retain by dividing the Christian story into eights parts, each part one of the great ages of the church.

The Age of Jesus and the Apostles

The Age of Catholic Christianity

The Age of the Christian Roman Empire

The Age of Christian Middle Ages

The Age of the Reformation

The Age of Reason and Revival

The Age of Progress

The Age of Ideologies

In this edition, the second, the author explores contemporary phenomena such as the Religious Right in the USA, megachurches, and user-friendly worship services as well as some of the leading personalities behind these movements.

 

Paperback, 542 pages, illustrated, charts, maps, notes, list of popes, Index of People, Index of Movements, Index of Events

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