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Church History: An Essential Guide

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  18 reviews
One of the chief difficulties in studying the history of Christianity is the lack of prior exposure to the subject that students often bring with them. Struggling to keep up with the large numbers of names, dates, and places presented to them, it is easy for students to lose sight of the "big picture," the broad sweep of movement and change that instructors most wish to co ...more
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Published August 1st 2008 by Abingdon Press (first published August 31st 1996)
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Christine
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very good at summarizing what happened, but in order to grasp the full concept you have to either know what happened before or read another book concurrently.

Had to read for Religion 110.
Amy
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Succinct and very helpful in learning about the history of the church!
David Boyd
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

A fantastic quick read to get a handle on the history of Christianity. Plus it gives you a starting point to pursuing a more in-depth understanding of the subject.
Peter Davids
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an overview book, one read because I wanted to assign it as a beginning text. Sometimes I thought it too brief or I did not entirely like his perspective. But usually I found it did a difficult job very well. I especially like the fact that he covered the expansion of Christianity into the Americas, rather than turning aside to only focus on the Reformation, as many church histories do. And his coverages was balanced, with both the problems with the connection of the church to the state ...more
Ryan Green
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wish to know a little about the history of the Christian church
Shelves: school-books
This book was a very great summary book. It is meant to be an overview for it is a summary of the book The Story of Christianity.

The guide gives a concise overview of many of the "periods" of church history such as the following:
1) The Ancient Church
2) The Christian Empire
3) The Early Middle Ages
4) The High Point of the Middle Ages
5) The Late Middle Ages
6) Conquest and Reformation
7) The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
8) The Nineteenth Century
9) The Twentieth Century and the End of the Moder
...more
Amy  Katherine Wolff
A very good book, with excellent historical overview.... However, the Kindle version had a large number of typos, which drove me nuts while reading! Typos aside, excellent information and a good overview.
Joshua Booher
Good overview of church history. It covers all of Christian history in about 85 pages. So, what you are getting is the big sweeping movements with minimal details. However, this gives the reader a solid foundation upon which to build with further study.
C. Michael
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lightening overview of the evolution of Christianity. This book should be considered a primer for further study of the subject. Gonzalez is a fabulous teacher of Church History and the development of Christian Thought.
Melody
Apr 16, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is that book people really want to read when they tell you they're interested in Church history. Very short, very much an overview. A really good starting point on this topic.
Doug Browne
Good high-level summary, which is what Professor Gonzalez intended.
Sylvan Finger
This was a short introduction to Church History. I don't know if it did any good as I never picked it up again after the first week of class.
Ruth
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent as either a capstone or introductory read. Recommended.
Nicole
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview of Church History. A companion to Gonzalez's larger text, which is more detailed and fleshed out. What's nice about this book, is that it's a good quick guide and a good refresher.
Wes Hunter
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seminary students
Shelves: seminary
a quick oveview of church history, its good, but not too detailed.
Jeffrey Howard
Small but a great overview of Christian history.
Jessica
Reminded me of a lot of the key points in history. The dates expressed in this book are very interesting.
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Greg
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy to read book taking a broad overview of the History of the Christian Church, with references with each chapter for further study of specific eras.
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Justo L. González, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, attended United Seminary in Cuba, received his MA at Yale, and was the youngest person to be awarded a PhD in historical theology at Yale. He is one of the few first generation Latino theologians to come from a Protestant background. He helped to found the Association for Hispanic Theol ...more

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