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Doing Church History: A User-Friendly Introduction to Researching the History of Christianity

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The book is an introductory textbook for seminary students who take church history courses. Most seminary students do not have a history background (and many do not look forward to taking history courses at seminary), and so there is a need to provide a brief, basic, non-technical introduction to the discipline. There are other texts written for those seeking to do more ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published September 10th 2008 by Gordon Heath (first published September 1st 2008)
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Stephen Bedard
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this little book (I read it one sitting). If you are a seminary student about to take your first history course, you need to read this book. Heath situates history in the context of both the church and the academy, showing why it is important and relevant. He has a very readable style that makes understanding history look attainable.
Christopher Chelpka
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars –“I really liked it” » A perfect introduction to doing historical research. Great for a first-timers, ages 15+. A couple of appendices make the book special: one suggests 13 ways church history can be used in service to the church, even by non-professionals, another gives some special guidance on how you might write a history of your local church. A fun read for those getting started.
Simon
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is exactly what it claims to be: "A User-Friendly Introduction to Researching the History of Christianity."

However, a 108 page book at $15.00 is overpriced.
Thaddeus
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great short book on doing church history! Well written and clearly articulated... a recommended read for any student of church history.
Kyle Grow
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Very light and introductory. First book of seminary!
Kevin Ressler
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Seminary Students and Lay Church Historians
Recommended to Kevin by: Anne Thayer
It is a good book. Nothing exemplarily exciting one way or another. It is a good primer, so those who already know contemporary academic models of history and the mainstream reasons for church historians specifically to use that method will find this book a bit pedantic. It's an easy read, so even for those people, it isn't but an hour and a half bother to read anyway and he makes interesting illustrations and provides helpful charts anyone can use as a reviewing thought process.
Ronnie Curfman
Jul 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
This work was well written, and is an excellent introduction to the subject of church history. I gave it four stars because it serves it's purpose well. For those who have very little exposure to church history or doubt it's relevance, this book is for you. On the other hand if you have had some exposure to church history research you will probably find this work a bit unnecessary.
Brendan Murphy
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-church
As the summary states, this is an intro to church history for seminary students, which is why I read it. It's a quick read and provides a good framework for understanding and digging into the various works on church history.
Dennis Podryadchikov
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book is a basic introduction to approaching church history. The author highlights several major challenges of the subject matter and offers guidelines of dealing with them. Every student of a seminary and many parishioners will find this book an easy and informative read.
Murph Hutson
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very short book. Serves its purpose quite well in those few pages, though.
Andy Smith
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Well-written (I gave him three stars for his whit and humor), but if you have any past experience in historical theology, really unnecessary.
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