The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Revised: The Story of Christianity  -     By: Justo L. Gonzalez
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The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Revised: The Story of Christianity

HarperOne / 2010 / Paperback

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A seminary standard, this acclaimed text brings alive the people, dramatic events, and ideas that shaped the first 15 centuries of the church's life and thought, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. This first volume details the lives of prominent figures; outlines core theological developments; discusses major events outside of Europe; and shows how social, political, and economic movements affected Christianity's internal growth. Using lively storytelling, this fully revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity provides a noteworthy introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 006185588X
ISBN-13: 9780061855887
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In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo González 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, González 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. González 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.

Author Bio

Justo L. González, retired professor of historical theology and author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought, attended United Seminary in Cuba and was the youngest person to be awarded a Ph. D in historical theology at Yale University. Over the past thirty years he has focused on developing programs for the theological education of Hispanics, and he has received four honorary doctorates.

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  1. Jasmine
    Western Australia
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An easy to read account of Church History
    December 18, 2012
    Jasmine
    Western Australia
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    This was the recommenced text for a church history course that was/is available at www.churchtimeline.com . I have found it a wonderful text that is concise enough yet, seemingly accurate to keep me engaged and forever learning new facets of church history.

    Good value for money and sound theologically.
  2. oldmanchubb
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    Good Summation of Church History
    October 12, 2012
    oldmanchubb
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    Justo Gonzalez essentially wrote one very large volume on the history of Christianity and it has been broken into two parts to make it more accessible (I am including reviews for both works). After all, we're talking about two thousand years of history here. Like many histories, the diving point is things prior to the Reformation and things after. This split makes sense for a two-volume work.

    Church history isn't exactly the most riveting matter for most Christians and Gonzalez has done a terrific job in making this topic very readable and enjoyable. He traces the world from the time of Jesus through recent events. Obviously this will need to be revised as time goes on. He makes ample use of charts and maps and pictures and even after seminary his work is still a great guide in sermonizing and teaching.

    I would highly recommend this work for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the history of the Christian church. Obviously it's hard to cover so much ground in so "short" a work, but Gonzalez treats his topics fairly thoroughly. One can sit down and read it as a regular book or it also serves its purpose as more of a reference material.
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