Pocket History of the Church

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic
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The story of Christianity is a fascinating tale. Here we find drama, vision and expansion along with failure, setbacks and tragedy. Yet during the past two thousand years the power of Jesus is felt throughout the interplay of human actors and the forces of world events.How can you grasp the story played out on such a gigantic stage? This book is an ideal place to start. D. Jeffrey Bingham has skillfully selected the key people and episodes to tell a grand and humbling story. From Roman persecution to the early creeds, from the monastic movement to the Reformation, from the rise of liberalism to missionary expansion, he chronicles the ups and downs of a people and a faith.This pocket history has been crafted for students, pastors and other busy people who want an informed, clear and concise presentation that feeds the mind and moves the heart. It is an account that nurtures the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. For Bingham aims not only to uncover the treasures of the church's past but also to show how history aids your own spiritual journey today.

Author Biography

D. Jeffrey Bingham is research professor in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Preface 9(4)
Acknowledgments 13(6)
Part 1. Diamonds: The Early Church
On the Heels of the Apostles
Councils of Doctrine, Cloisters of Holiness
Part 2. Emeralds: The Church In The Middle Ages
Empires, Emperors & Pastors
Medieval Lessons on Prayer, Thinking & Devotion
Part 3. Gold Sovereigns: The Church in the Protestant Reformation
A River with Many Tributaries
The Doctrine of Salvation in the Reformers
The Doctrines of the Church & the Scriptures in the Reformers
Part 4. Chains of Spanish Silver: The Church in the Modern Era
The Enlightenment & Modernity
Awakenings & Revivals
Liberalism, Missions & Evangelicalism
Nodes 167(12)
Bibliography 179(4)
Subject Index 183(8)
Scripture Index 191

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