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Ye Are the Body

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A People's History of the Church.
Published 2008
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"Ye Are the Body" is a good introduction to Christian church history. Mr. Spencer begins with the apostolic age and moves on through the major eras of Western History to land in firmly in 20th century America. In this survey he touches on the church fathers, the Roman Empire, the divided empire, the rise of Europe, the Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment eras, and Modernity. It contains the important names, dates, and events, as well as most of the theological developments, major and minor,...more
It has been a long time since I wept after reading a history book. Bonnell Spencer, an American Anglo-Catholic, ripped out my heart once he reached the great tragedy known as the Reformation. This was not accomplished by cheap literary ploys, but rather for a full and well-articulated ecclesiology that Spencer traces throughout the church's entire history. The author does a great job in tracing the great trends, strands, and debates of a complex story with brevity. The only element hurting the b...more
On loan from church, this is a history of the Christian church with special attention to the Anglican Communion.

Well, I bought this book so I could read it and re-read it as needed. See, as I am reading this along with "Church History in Plain Language", and ""Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes"".
Jun 29, 2008 Devin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know more about church history
Recommended to Devin by: Father Hough
This book gives a detailed history of the church. It is written in understandable language, and although there is much detail packed into it, I am coming away from the reading with a far better understanding of Christianity.
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