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The Complete Guide to Christian Denominations

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Do you ever wonder what the difference is between one denomination and another? Why are there so many kinds of Baptist or Presbyterian or Lutheran churches? Where do those names come from, anyway?

You can find answers in this concise but comprehensive guide. Learn about the leaders, teachings, and history of most of the church families in America. In addition to membership
Paperback, 397 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Harvest House Publishers
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tl;dr version: Should've been called the Evangelical Apologists' Complete Guide to U.S. Christian Denominations.

This is my own fault (not knowing anything about the author prior to reading), but I was anticipating a text from an academic perspective - this book is NOT that. The author has a particular sort of Christian in mind as his audience. While I was not able to suss out Ron Rhodes' particular denomination, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary, which is evangelical, conservative and espo
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good overview into Christian denominations. I found a lot of substance in this book.
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This book profiles most of the denominations in America today. Each bio has a date of founding, membership size, a brief history and a statement of faith/summary of key positions for every denomination listed. These are grouped by tradition, then listed alphabetically therin; each tradition also has an introductory section that gives it's particular history. There are 17 traditions presented:
Episcopal and Anglican
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference book. It lists over 17 denominations giving a brief explanation of how the denomination began, a short summary of its teachings on God, the Bible, the church and other important topics and a quick overview of some of its distinctive characteristics. It also lists a website if they have one.
Kaitlynn Scribner
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For anyone who has ever driven past a Seventh Day Adventist church and wondered what the hell they were all about. Very informative and informational without being too boring.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ron Rhodes-an American author brings to us a comprehensive! guide to various denominations in the Christian faith.

The book is structured into 17 chapters- one chapter for every denominations, sorted alphabetically. They are further divided by the sub-sects/denominations. Unfortunately they are not organised by any single factor.JW and Mormons are not given the space fro being a cult which makes sense.

While it did help me understand the issues surrounding the differences a little, it has nothing
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It wasn't bad. I was looking for a broad survey of Christian churches, and it filled that purpose. I think it could have been organized a bit differently and gave a little more information on the organization of each church (i.e., how they are run), and maybe some more critical analysis. But, some of that may have offended some readers. They did do an excellent job of being very neutral, no favorites. ...more
Dave Downey
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight into different Christian denominations - but very repetitive.
Pamela Goode
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Very thorough. Interesting reading.
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I really would have liked it if the author included the Unitarian Church,Unitarian Universalism,and Oneness Penacostal.I got this book from my library because I wanted to learn about those three and I was very disappointed hat they weren't included. ...more
S.J. Millman
I didn't like some of Appendix B because it labelled some legit religions as cults but I loved the postscript. I learnt heaps and that was the main aim of the book I believe. That the world of Christianity, too can be as diverse as the many different types of people in the world. ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent historical and doctrinal overview of denominations.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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The writing is average, but the book is informative and accessible.
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