With his usual historical reliability and accessible style, Kelly puts the history back into church history. He demonstrates how heresy and doctrine have worked in tandem over time, and offers lessons for that dancethat often turned into a duelfor today’s church. An engaging storyteller, Kelly teaches well what happens when context gets lost and people start using church history as a proof text instead of a dynamic interplay of events, places, and circumstances. Kelly invites the reader to encounter questions just as these historical players did: without knowing precisely the best way to explain mysteries or how things would turn out. Kelly shows well how ideas are shaped and doctrines are set by the times in which they appeared.
Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., Kean University, Author of The Living Church and 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy