Church History: An Essential Guide

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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 communicate. Justo Gonzalez has written this book to help students gain just such a quick and basic grasp of the main periods and issues in the ...

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Overview

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 communicate. Justo Gonzalez has written this book to help students gain just such a quick and basic grasp of the main periods and issues in the history of Christianity. Drawing upon his own extensive experience and that of others, he contends that having been introduced to the essentials of church history in a brief and accessible form, students are far better able to understand and appreciate what they encounter in more detailed lectures and reading.

Gonzalez provides a comprehensive opening chapter that summarizes major issues and concerns of each of the principal eras of church history. Subsequent chapters focus on the ancient church, the Christian empire, the Middle Ages, the Reformation,
the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and the twentieth century and the end of modernity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687016112
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Abingdon Essential Guides Series
  • Pages: 95
  • Sales rank: 428,837
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Justo L.González has published more than 80 books, hundreds of articles, and served twenty years as editor for the journal Apuntes. Hisbooks are used all over the worldand are translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Russian. He founded the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana and the Hispanic Summer Program,
and also served as the first Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Justo L. González es un ampliamente leído y respetado historiador y teólogo. Es el autor de numerosas obras que incluyen tres volúmenes de su Historia del Pensamiento Cristiano, la colección de Tres Meses en la Escuela de... (Mateo... Juan... Patmos... Prisión... Espíritu), Breve Historia de las Doctrinas Cristianas y El ministerio de la palabra escrita, todas publicadas por Abingdon Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Overview 11
1 The Ancient Church 23
2 The Christian Empire 33
3 The Early Middle Ages 41
4 The High Point of the Middle Ages 51
5 The Late Middle Ages 59
6 Conquest and Reformation 67
7 The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 77
8 The Nineteenth Century 83
9 The Twentieth Century and the End of Modernity 89
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