Susan Lynn Peterson (PhD, University of Texas at Arlington) has many years of teaching experience, most recently as a professor of church history at the Episcopal Theological Seminary (Bloy House) at Claremont in California.
Timeline Charts of the Western Churchby Susan Lynn Peterson
What do the history of the Quaker church and the women's suffrage movement have in common? How did Luther's 95 Theses fit into the wider context of the world in that day? Turn to Timeline Charts of the Western Church to find out! Timeline Charts of the Western Church is the first comprehensive presentation of the history of the Western Church in a proven and clear timetable format. In three sections, it supplies both summarized and detailed information that students, professors, professionals, and lay persons alike will find valuable and accessible. The main part of the book, modeled after Bernard Grun's Timetables of History, organizes in-depth information into four categories: - A. Theological questions/Issues - B. People/Events - C. Wider Culture - D. Texts -- A detailed index supplies enough information to provide a stand-alone resource. Three appendices offer brief overviews that allow the reader to quickly grasp the essentials of different eras in Western Church history.
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This book is a true masterwork and deserves a place of honour in anyone's library. Beginning with the reign of Herod Antipas, Peterson constructs a timeline that relates the evolution of the Western Church while describing people and events in the wider culture. What was notable in the year 1619? John Calvin enunciated the doctrine of irresistible grace, Pope Innocent X condemned it, and the first black slaves arrived in Jamestown. When did Americans first celebrate Thanksgiving? In 1630, as the Catholic church initiated the debate on 'receptionism', the Massachusetts Bay colony was established and the great migration from Europe to America began. Birthdate of John Wesley? 1703. In what year did the US Supreme Court outlaw school prayer? 1963, the same year C.S. Lewis died. This book is readable, comprehensive and endlessly interesting. Highly recommended for students, professors, lay readers and anyone involved in historical research. Certainly, no minister's library is complete without it. Peterson has produced a remarkable scholarly text and succeeded in making it enjoyable.