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Christianity Through the Centuries by Earle E. Cairns
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Aug 22, 2007

it was ok
Recommended for: people interested in church history
Read in August, 2007

This being a general overview of church history from the time of Acts to "present day", (mid 1990's), it is not a good read if one is looking for detailed accouts of any given movement or event during the covered timespan. The book does give the reader the basic flow of the church's origins, to the height of papal power, the reformation, the expansion into the new world, and why the church is the way it is today. The final chapters are some persoanl conclusions of where the chruch is headed both positively and negitively.
I feel that the author of this book does not do the best job of reporting the facts without inputting his personal opinions. I only say this because this book is marketed as a history book and not a commentary of church history, and i feel the authors personal beliefs and personal doctrinal beliefs sometimes cast a shade on a particular event, movement, or denomainational belief that is being written about.
If one is sturdy in their own beliefs than this is a good book to obtain a general overview of church history. But if one is unsure of their beleifs than they may find themselves getting angry at some of the comments of the author or one may be pursuaded to think that since the author wrote it than all Christians must belief it. If that is the case than do not read this book.
The author has been good about suggesting other books to expand one's knowledge of church history. These suggested reeadings can be found at the end of every chapter and this owuld be a good way to receive varying viewpoints about the same segment of church histoy.

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