Church History in Plain Language : Third Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-12-02
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub
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With more than 275,000 copies sold, this is the story of the Church for today's readers.This third edition improves the most engaging and readable single-volume history of the Church by bringing the story into the twenty-first century. Faced with some astonishing changes in the Islamic world, a global resurgence of Roman Catholicism, the decline of Christianity in the West coupled with the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern and eastern hemispheres, readers need a current explanation with intellectual substance that will provide historical context and update readers on all these new developments. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language does that in a stimulating manner, and it promises to be the new standard for readable Church History.Features include: Includes contemporary developments, such as the growth of Christianity in China and the rise of global Islam

Author Biography

Dr. Bruce Shelley is Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prologuep. xv
The Age of Jesus and the Apostles 6 BC-AD 70
Away with the King: The Jesus Movementp. 3
Wineskins: Old and New: The Gospel to the Gentilesp. 13
The Age of Catholic Christianity 70-312
Only Worthless People: Catholic Christianityp. 27
If the Tiber Floods: The Persecution of Christiansp. 37
Arguing about the Event: The Rise of Orthodoxyp. 46
The Rule of Books: The Formation of the Biblep. 57
The School for Sinners: The Power of Bishopsp. 69
Apostles to Intellectuals: The Alexandriansp. 78
The Age of the Christian Roman Empire 312-590
Laying Her Sceptre Down: The Conversion of the Empirep. 91
Splitting Important Hairs: The Doctrine of the Trinityp. 99
Emmanuel!: Christ in the Creedsp. 108
Exiles from Life: The Beginnings of Monasticismp. 116
The Sage of the Ages: Augustinep. 124
Peter as "Pontifex Maximus": The Beginnings of the Papacyp. 132
Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth: Eastern Orthodoxyp. 141
Bending the Necks of Victors: Mission to the Barbariansp. 152
The Christian Middle Ages 590-1517
God's Consul: Gregory the Greatp. 163
The Search for Unity: Charlemagne and Christendomp. 173
Lifted in a Mystic Manner: The Papacy and the Crusaderp. 183
The Nectar of Learning: Scholasticismp. 194
A Song to Lady Poverty: The Apostolic Life-Stylep. 204
Sleeping Men and the Law of Necessity: The Decline of the Papacyp. 215
Judgment in the Process of Time: Wyclif and Husp. 224
The Age of the Reformation 1517-1648
A Wild Boar in the Vineyard: Martin Luther and Protestantismp. 237
Radical Discipleship: The Anabaptistsp. 247
Thrust into the Game: John Calvinp. 256
The Curse upon the Crown: The Church of Englandp. 264
"Another Man" at Manresa: The Catholic Reformationp. 271
Opening the Rock: America and Asiap. 280
The Rule of the Saints: Puritanismp. 291
Unwilling to Die for an Old Idea: Denominationsp. 301
The Age of Reason and Revival 1648-1789
Aiming at the Foundations: The Cult of Reasonp. 311
The Heart and Its Reasons: Pascal and the Pietistsp. 320
A Brand from the Burning: Wesley and Methodismp. 331
A New Order of the Ages: The Great Awakeningp. 341
The Age of Progress 1789-1914
The Restoration of Fortresses: Catholicism in the Age of Progressp. 353
A New Social Frontier: Nineteenth-Century Englandp. 364
To Earth's Remotest People: Protestant Missionsp. 373
The Destiny of a Nation: A Christian Americap. 383
A Bridge for Intelligent Moderns: Protestant Liberalismp. 394
Nothing to Lose but Chains: The Social Crisisp. 405
The Age of Ideologies 1914-
Graffiti on a Wall of Shame: Twentieth-Century Ideologiesp. 419
Rootless Immigrants in a Sick Society: American Evangelicalsp. 430
New Creeds for Breakfast: The Ecumenical Movementp. 441
The Medicine of Mercy: Roman Catholicism: Vatican IIp. 451
Time for a Reverse Flow: Christianity in the Third Worldp. 461
Politics as Noble Calling: Christianity in America's Me Generationp. 470
The Global Village: Christianity on the World Scenep. 482
Winds from Afar: Christianity at the Birth of the Third Millenniump. 491
Epiloguep. 501
Notesp. 507
List of Popes from Leo I to the Presentp. 517
Indexes (People, Movements, Events)p. 521
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