This classic textbook is organized as follows: Chapter I. The Six General Periods of Church History Chapter II. The Pentecostal Church Chapter III. The Expanding Church Chapter IV. The Church Among the Gentiles Chapter V. The Age of Shadows Chapter VI. The Imperial Persecutions Chapter VII. The Persecuted Church Chapter VIII. The Persecuted Church, 100-313 A. D. Chapter IX. The Imperial Church Chapter X. The Imperial Church Chapter XI. The Imperial Church Chapter XII.. The Medieval Church Chapter XIII. The Medieval Church Chapter XIV. The Medieval Church Chapter XV. The Medieval Church Chapter XVI. The Medieval Church Chapter XVII. The Medieval Church Chapter XVIII. Fifth General Period Chapter XIX. The Reformed Church Chapter XX. The Reformed Church Chapter XXI. The Modern Church Chapter XXII.. The Modern Church Chapter XXIII. The Christian Churches in the United States Chapter XXIV. The Christian Churches in the United States
70 Great Christians has become a publishing phenomenon! It is a consistent best seller in Christian Bookshops and has found markets all around the World. The Story of the Church is a story of people moved by God to achieve things for his glory. Some are from privileged backgrounds but the majority started out as ordinary people just like you. God says that he will 'choose the foolish things of this world to confound the wise' and so here we find people who are prepared to stand up to the spirit of the age and become fools for Christ's sake. This is a useful resource book for pastors, teachers and schools. More than that it is a well written and comprehensive collection of biographies of those people who have given all (sometimes mistakenly) for the God they sought to serve.
In The Story of Christianity, acclaimed theologian David Bentley Hart provides a sweeping and informative portrait of a faith that has shaped the western world and beyond for over 2,000 years. From the persecutions of the early church to the papal-imperial conflicts of the Middle Ages, from the religious wars of 16th- and 17th-century Europe to the challenges of science and secularism in the modern era, and from the ancient Christian communities of Africa and Asia to the 'house churches' of contemporary China, The Story of Christianity triumphantly captures the complexity and diversity of Christian history.
The Christian faith has had a phenomenal impact on the development of the western world. This beautifully illustrated introduction to Christian spirituality through the centuries covers all the major traditions--East and West, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, with special articles on key spiritual concepts, practices, and movements that continue to influence the way people all over the world live their lives in response to God. It also includes information on people and movements from outside the Church that have influenced Christian life and thought throughout 2,000 years. Also included are extracts from more than 100 of the greatest Christian spiritual writings--from the Gospels through the early Church Fathers, the saints and mystics, the reformers, and modern spiritual writers such as Scott Peck and C. S. Lewis.
First published in 1930, The Social Achievements of the Christian Church, was one of the first modern surveys of Christian social and ethical influence from the time of Christ until the 20th century. In it Edmund Oliver argues that the Christian church-despite numerous and admitted errors in its attempt to influence surrounding culture-has nonetheless rendered outstanding social service to the world. Examples of the church's external influence can be seen in the establishment of hospitals, asylums, and orphanages; in preservation of learning through the formation of universities; in caring for the needy; and in the philosophical and ethical influence that underpins much of legal and political thought in Western culture. Edmund H. Oliver (1882-1935) taught history and economics before becoming the principal of St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon, and eventually the fourth moderator of the United Church of Canada. During the World War I he served as chaplain to the 196th Battalion and the Canadian Training School and Trench Warfare School at Benhill-on-Sea, England. He also launched the University of Vimy Ridge while in England.