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A History of the Christian Church

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Since publication of the first edition in 1918, A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker has enjoyed outstanding success and recognition as a classic in the field. Written by an eminent theologian, it combines in its narrative a rare blend of clarity, unity, and balance. In light of significant advances in scholarship in recent years, extensive revisions have ...more
Hardcover, 4th, 768 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Scribner (first published 1918)
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Andrew Shauver
I bought it fir a quarter at a yard sale. Excellent... for a textbook. Dry and historical, but super well-researched. This book was my first experience into a bigger world of Christian history. It was accessible and easily digested for a novice. I'd still be referring to it, but I have since loaned it away... Never to be heard from again.
Michaelpatrick Keena
Apr 21, 2008 Michaelpatrick Keena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who want to go beyond the surface gloss
Shelves: church-history
John Gerstner said that this book was the best one volume Church History in print.
Erik Graff
Nov 16, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone in a "Christian country"
Recommended to Erik by: David Lotz
Shelves: religion
One of my brothers worked for a "great books" college where no history to speak of is taught. The students work solely with original texts, delving deeply into some seminal issues, but have little sense of how they fit together. Unless they do the contextual study themselves and get a sense of human history and its dynamics, they end up with too much appreciation of the Platonic notion that somehow ideas are superior to and independent of their instantiations, that thinkers are superior to and i ...more
A tremendous and thorough history of Christianity from its founding up to the early 20th century (it was written in 1918). The author covers not only the major and minor personages but also, sometimes in depth, the theological issues and conflicts of given eras. Even though the author (who was a professor at Yale) seems a bit too conciliatory towards the progressive, less-than-orthodox views (he never uses the word "liberal") of certain movers and institutions of the 1850-1918 period, the book i ...more
A single volume history of the church, Walker’s work provides a great introductory resource for the student and pastor. In-depth and very readable, Walker divides the books by period into short, easy-reference chapters. While chronological (spanning from the NT-era to the mid-20th century – thus missing some more recent developments), each chapter is either personality or issue driven, thus making the book a good resource for review of specific issues and events in church history. A
To give you an idea of how old this book is, when he retired from Yale as Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History Williston Walker was replaced by Roland Bainton. Bainton was replaced in 1962 by Jaroslav Pelikan, who just passed away in 2006. This book is well written, full of information,but just a tad dry. Use it as a supplement to other books.
Allison Rockwell
I read to p. 279, which is the end of Period IV and the end of my required reading for the St. Stephen's course. While it's full of information, this book is very dense and slow-reading, and the author at times seems to assume a lot about the background knowledge of the reader. Let's just say I'm glad to be moving on.
The standard history of the Christian Church, only readable if your really interested or a history buff, once you get into it a lot of neat stuff, the book written more from a scholarly point of view than a Christian one. Probably the best generic Christian History Volume.
The standard history of the Christian Church, only readable if your really interested or a history buff, once you get into it a lot of neat stuff, the book written more from a scholarly point of view than a Christian one. Probably the best generic Christian History Volume.
This book is a tremendous reference for Christian history. It's incredibly detailed but since such a large span of time is being covered Walker is still constrained on skimming over events. A good overview from the apostles to neo-orthodoxy. A difficult read at times.
It is an excellent reference. I have used it for study and to get back-ground historical context when reading the Bible.
The most informative, insightful, comprehensive church history combined with good writing. A classic.
Excellent concise treatment, from New Testament times to the 20th century.
Christi Lupher
An excellent history of the Christian Church.
Very unbiased history of Christianity.
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