Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity

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Baker Books, Jul 1, 2012 - Religion - 368 pages
In this popular introduction to church history, now in its third edition, Mark Noll isolates key events that provide a framework for understanding the history of Christianity. The book presents Christianity as a worldwide phenomenon rather than just a Western experience.

Now organized around fourteen key moments in church history, this well-received text provides contemporary Christians with a fuller understanding of God as he has revealed his purpose through the centuries. This new edition includes a new preface; updates throughout the book; revised "further readings" for each chapter; and two new chapters, including one spotlighting Vatican II and Lausanne as turning points of the recent past.

Students in academic settings and church adult education contexts will benefit from this one-semester survey of Christian history.

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8 A New Europe
9 Catholic Reform and Worldwide Outreach
10 The New Piety
11 Discontents of the Modern West
12 A Faith for All the World
13 Mobilizing for the Future
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4 The Monastic Rescue of the Church
5 The Culmination of Christendom
6 Division between East and West
7 The Beginnings of Protestantism

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Mark A. Noll (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He is one of the nation's most distinguished practitioners of American religious history and is the author of dozens of books in this field, including America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.

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