The Story of Christianity: Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day

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Zondervan, Dec 7, 2010 - Religion - 560 pages
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Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, this fully revised and updated second volume of The Story of Christianity continues the marvelous history of the world's largest religion. Award-winning historian Justo Gonzalez bring to life the people, dramatic events, and theological debates that have shaped Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. From the monk Martin Luther, who dared to stand up to a corrupt pope, to the surprising spread and growing vitality of today's church in Africa, Asia, and South America, The Story of Christianity offers a complete and up-to-date retelling of this amazing history.

With new information on the important contributions of women to church history as well as the latest information on Christianity in developing countries, Gonzalez's richly textured study discusses the changes and directions of the church up to the twenty-first century. The Story of Christianity covers such recent occurrences as the fall of the Soviet Union and the return of the Russian Orthodox Church; feminist, Africa-American, and Third-World theologies; the scandals and controversies facing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI; interfaith dialogue; and the movement toward unity of all Christian churches. This revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity concludes with a thoughtful look at the major issues and debates facing Christianity today.

 

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Review: The Story of Christianity: Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day (The Story of Christianity #2)

User Review  - Robert Justice - Goodreads

I really liked this one, though admittedly there were times when my eyes glazed over a bit. Some of the info comes hard and fast, which I perfectly understand because any real book of history which ... Read full review

Review: The Story of Christianity: Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day (The Story of Christianity #2)

User Review  - Stephen Mccollum - Goodreads

This book serves its purpose as an introduction to church history. Gonzalez has a winsome way of telling the story of Christ's church. It does get frustrating, however, when he deals with the Puritans ... Read full review

Contents

Chronology
2
Pilgrimage to Reformation
19
An Uncertain Decade
37
Luthers Theology
47
Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation
57
The Radical Reformation
67
John Calvin
77
The Reformation in Great Britain
87
Reformed Orthodoxy
229
The Rationalist Option
237
The Spiritualist Option
249
The Pietist Option
259
The Thirteen Colonies
275
Suggested Readings
291
An Age Beyond Christendom
301
The United States
319

Further Developments within Lutheranism
105
The Reformation in the Low Countries
115
Protestantism in France
125
The Catholic Reformation
135
Protestantism at the Edges
151
A Convulsed Age
161
ORTHODOXY RATIONALISM AND PIETISM
167
An Age of Dogma and Doubt
173
The Church of the Desert
185
The Puritan Revolution
193
Catholic Orthodoxy
211
Lutheran Orthodoxy
221
Western Europe
349
Latin America
363
Eastern Christianity
373
Protestant Theology
385
Catholicism in the Face of Modernity
399
Geographic Expansion
417
Roman Catholic Christianity
441
Protestantism in Europe
457
Protestantism in the United States
473
Vitality at the Periphery
495
A Global History
525
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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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