Exploring Church History: A Guide to History, World Religions, and Ethics  -     By: James P. Eckman
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Exploring Church History: A Guide to History, World Religions, and Ethics

Crossway Books & Bibles / 2008 / Paperback

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Pastors, professors, and students will appreciate this 3-in-1 edition of Eckman's introduction to Christianity's roots, distinctives, and cultural implications. Includes Exploring Church History from the day of Pentecost to the modern age; The Truth About Worldviews such as Buddhism, Islam, and various cults; and Biblical Ethics, reviewing hot-button issues through the lens of Scripture. 352 pages, softcover from Crossway.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581349777
ISBN-13: 9781581349771
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Publisher's Description

Christianity's roots, distinctiveness, and cultural implicationsare highlighted in this multi-dimensional resource, providing anintroductory understanding of the richness of the faith andchurch.

Author Bio

JAMES P. ECKMAN (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln) is the president of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a professor of history and biblical studies. An ordained minister, his specialty is historical theology. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program, Issues in Perspective, he also performs dramatic monologues on figures from church history.

Author Bio

James P. Eckman (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Nebraska at Lincoln) is the president of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a professor of history and biblical studies. An ordained minister, his specialty is historical theology. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program, Issues in Perspective, he also performs dramatic monologues on figures from church history.

Publisher Description

The Christian faith is rich and complex, spanning thousands of years and reaching into the lives of people all over the globe. When studying this grand faith, one should begin with the essentials, like Christianity’s historical roots and development, the distinctiveness of its worldview, and its response to tough cultural and ethical issues.

In this volume, author James Eckman first walks readers through the defining moments, theological process, and institutional development of the church---from the day of Pentecost, through the Reformation and Enlightenment, and to the modern age. He then examines a variety of popular belief systems such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Roman Catholicism, and specific cults and then offers, in contrast, a compelling look at Christianity’s distinctives. Finally, Eckman presents the important difference between ethics and morals and suggests a modern-day ethical strategy that views hot-button issues like abortion, euthanasia, bioethics, war, capital punishment, and the environment through the lens of Scripture.

With brief chapters and thought-provoking questions, this book is perfect for personal or group study. It provides an introductory understanding of the richness of the faith and the church for you or your small group.

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  1. TPinto
    Adelaide Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book for a first contact with the themes
    May 25, 2012
    TPinto
    Adelaide Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Good book. In fact there are three books in one. The author had first published the themes separetedly. In not so many pages he get the most to explain facts, to define borders and to state a balanced Christian and Biblical position. It is so far a very good introduction.
  2. Tim C
    Auckland, NZ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Good introduction - but only for beginners
    April 29, 2012
    Tim C
    Auckland, NZ
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I have just finished reading "Exploring Church History", the first of the three books in this set and the one that I wanted to read.

    I bought this book expecting a more detailed description of Church History and was disappointed that this was more of an overview aimed at perhaps a high school level.

    I would recommend the book for people who know very little about church history and want an introduction, or a starting point for further investigation. However, for people who already have a general idea of Church History there will be little in this book that they do not know.

    For myself, I am still looking for a definitive guide to Church History and this book has not advanced my search very far at all.
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