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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Review 1 for The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Revised: The Story of Christianity
An easy to read account of Church History
Date:December 18, 2012
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.
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Review 2 for The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation, Revised: The Story of Christianity
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.