The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation

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HarperCollins, Jul 18, 1984 - Religion - 448 pages
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The Story of Christianity, Volume 1, is an informative, interesting, and consistently readable narrative history. It brings alive the people, dramatic events, and ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. Historian Justo Gonzalez shows how various social, political, and economic movements affected Christianity's internal growth.

Gonzalez skillfully weaves in relevant details from the lives of prominent figures from the apostles to John Wycliffe, tracing out core theological issues and developments as reflected in the lives and struggles of leading thinkers within the various traditions of the church. "The history of the church, while showing all the characteristics fo human history, is much more than the history of an institution or movement," Gonzalez stresses. "It is a history of the deeds of the spirit in and through the men and women who have gone before in the faith." The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church, and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church.

The Story of Christianity will serve as a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity for students and teachers of church history, for pastors, and for general readers.

  

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It is very well written, easy to read and understand. - Christianbook.com
It was almost as if his writing style changed. - Goodreads
Interesting and easy to read. - Christianbook.com

Review: The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Reformation (The Story of Christianity #1)

User Review  - Scarlett Sims - Goodreads

Ok, so probably each of the chapters in this book could be its own book. This is a very basic introduction to the history of Christianity. I think every Christian should read this book, because there ... Read full review

Review: The Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Reformation (The Story of Christianity #1)

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Gonzalez does an excellent job describing both the theological developments and the social, economic, and political factors that shaped the Church's evolution. It was also well written and hard to put down. I especially appreciated his treatment of nascent colonialism. On to part 2 . . . Read full review

Contents

Chronology
2
Christian Life
91
Chronology
112
Eusebius of Caesarea
129
15 The Monastic Reaction
136
Donatism
151
The Arian Controversy and the Council
158
Julian the Apostate
168
27 Eastern Christianity
251
Imperial Restoration and Continuing Decay
266
29 Movements of Renewal
277
30 The Offensive against Islam
292
The First Crusade
295
31 The Golden Age of Medieval Christianity
301
The Collapse
324
In Quest of Reformation
342

20 The Great Cappadocians
181
21 Ambrose of Milan
189
Jerome
201
Augustine of Hippo
207
25 The End of an Era
217
26 The New Order
231
Europe after the Invasions
232
The Arab Conquests
250
Renaissance and Humanism
362
THE BEGINNINGS OF COLONIAL
377
Colonial Christianity
380
36 The Portuguese Enterprise
400
The Portuguese in Africa and the Orient
401
The Ecumenical Councils 41 3
413
Credits
427
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Justo L. González, retired professor of historical theology and author of the highly praised three-volume History 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 theological education of Hispanics, and he has received four honorary doctorates.

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