The Story Of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation by Justo L. GonzalezThe Story Of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation by Justo L. Gonzalez

The Story Of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation

byJusto L. Gonzalez

Paperback | August 10, 2010

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In The Story of Christianity: Volume 1, Justo L. González, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought, presents a narrative history of Christianity, from the Early Church to the Dawn of the Protestant Reformation. From Jesus’ faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully traces core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. This updated and expanded edition incorporates recent archaeological discoveries about the life of Early Christian Communities, as well as important contemporary research revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church. With lively storytelling, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating and panoramic history of the dramatic events, colorful characters, and revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church.

Justo L. González, retired professor of historical theology and author of the highly praised three-volumeHistory 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 the...
Title:The Story Of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the ReformationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:August 10, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overview for anyone interested in the history of Christianity (pt.1) If you've ever wondered about what happened to the body of believers after the New Testament, this book and its second volume will give you a good idea of how Christians lived their lives, of what Christians believed throughout the ages, of how Christians came to hold certain doctrines, of how Christianity met different theological challenges, and of the extent of the geographical influence of Christianity throughout history. The first volume, as the subtitle indicates, covers the period of Christian history which lasts from the early church (as in the disciples + those who knew the disciples + those who knew those who knew the disciples...) to the prelude to the Reformation. Along the way you'll encounter the Church Fathers, key figures who have influenced many if not all of the Christian denominations existing today, including the likes of Irenaeus of Lyons, Athanasius of Alexandria, Tertullian, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo. You'll see how they established certain doctrines of the faith that are still held today, including the doctrine of the Trinity and of predestination. You'll get to see how Christians went from being persecuted under the Roman Empire to being raised as the official religious leaders of the said empire to the rise of the power of the Pope to how the Church split in half to the beginning of different monastic orders amidst the superstitious Middle Ages to the Crusades to the spreading of Christianity outside of the Old World and to the beginnings of the calls for reformation. As you can see, it's quite a lot of information to cover, and the book does an honourable job of covering the most important topics. My only complaint is that there are certain topics that I feel like warranted a bit more content, such as the Crusades and the rise of the Pope/Bishop of Rome's power. Seeing as how these are considered some of the most controversial events in the history of Christianity, it would have been nice to have seen more content. That is not to say, though, that the author did a bad job of explaining what happened and why it happened; in fact, I would say you get to get a pretty good glimpse of the reasons behind the events. Perhaps due to personal bias, I would have liked a bit more content on these two events and others like them, but the author maintains a balanced overview instead. So if you want to dig further, you'll have to find a different book. This, however, is also the book's strength: it is a wonderful primer to the history of Christianity and you get to see a bit of everything that is important. You never feel bogged down in the details, and the writing style is quite easy to read. The author is a master of the narrative style, and he has rendered most of the events into coherent stories that are digestible for the everyday reader. It may be used as a textbook, and I would like to use it as one for church classes, but it definitely works well as casual reading as well. The coverage of events is also quite fair, never condemning one denomination as being less pure or less true to the faith than another. The author presents the doctrines and lets the reader decide if they want to judge them at all. There is, however, a bias towards ecumenism, or the unity of the different denominations, but that is hardly a fault. In any case, my final comment is that if you want to learn more about Christian history, but don't know where to start, look no further.
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