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Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity

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Evangelicalism\u2019s premier historian provides a general introduction to church history.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Baker Academic (first published June 1st 1997)
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This is a very good basic book on the history of Christianity, which is actually used as a textbook. In fact, there is a set of detailed questions in the back which is suitable for discussion or study groups.

One of the interesting things about this book is its approach to the subject. It does not try to give an impossibly condensed yet comprehensive history of the subject in one huge unwieldy volume. Nor does it take the multi-volume approach and go into minute details.

Instead, it takes a serie
John Majors
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I love reading church history. And while this wasn't any where near my favorite book on Church History (that would be "The Story of Christianity" by Justo Gonzalez. Both volumes are FANTASTIC) - this could be a great book to give someone who wants to dive into church history and yet doesn't want to commit to a big book - as most church history books seem to be. The best part of this book is he focuses on 12 or so major events in the history of the church. So even the moderate observer will come ...more
Melissa Travis
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This is great as a reference book, but not really for a cover-to-cover read. Informative but very dry.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Touches on important milestones in the history of Christianity; insightful, informative and easy to read.
Je lis donc je suis
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I found this to be amongst the best of the books I have read on this topic, and I have read a few this year. I would attribute this primarily to the book���s accessibility. Most of the volumes I have read or seen on the history of the Church appear to be college textbooks. As such, well, they kind of make for dry reading. This is sad because most Christians then justifiably choose not to become aware of their family history, thus becoming a people without roots. Even more sad is that it leaves t ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
The second of Mark Noll's books that I've read, and again I was impressed. The author takes a methodical, objective walk through nearly 2000 years of Christian history, highlighting a dozen key events such as the Council of Nicea (~standardization of the Biblical text), coronation of Charlemagne (ascendency of Christianity as civilization itself in western europe), the French Revolution (struggle between enlightenment thinking and religious traditional power). Add to this the Counter-Reformation ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The textbook for a Church History subject I'm teaching. A balanced, readable, interesting single volume survey. The selection of 13 'turning point' events from 2000 years of church history is a great device -- Noll has managed to present a reasonably satisfying treatment of the subject in only 330 pages, whilst also keeping the significance of each event constantly in view. Well presented as an introductory textbook with photos, select quotations from primary sources, each chapter starting with ...more
Jacob Aitken
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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First church history book I ever read. Some interesting socio-economic explanations for why people did x.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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Esler Research Notes Turning Points, Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity by Mark A. Noll

Author Background Mark Noll is a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He is an evangelical who lives and works in a Roman Catholic school and has written a number of significant books that evangelicals have pointed to as important books to their movement. He is popularly known for the book, “The Scandal of the Evangelical
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Mark A. Noll (born 1946), Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is a progressive evangelical Christian scholar. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. The Scandal of the Evangelical ...more
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