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The Story of Christianity

Justo L. Gonzalez
The Story of Christianity - The Early Church to the Present Day
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Both volumes now combined into one:            
Volume 1, The Early Church to the Dawn  of the Reformation                                                                                                         Volume 2, The Reformation to the Present Day
The Story of Christianity, Volume 1 is an informative, interesting, and consistently readable narrative history.  It brings alive the people, dramatic events, and ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought -- including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World.  Historian Justo Gonzalez shows how various social, political, and economic movements affected Christianity's internal growth.  Gonzalez skillfully weaves in relevant details from the lives of prominent figures from the Apostles to John Wycliffe, tracing out core theological issues and developments as reflected in the lives and struggles of leading thinkers within the various traditions of the church.  The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church, and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church
Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, the second volume of The Story of Christianity continues narrative history to the present.  Historian Justo Gonzalez brings to life the people, dramatic events, and shaping ideas of Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy during this period, keynoting crucial theological developmenrts while providing fresh understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that influenced the formation of the church.  In particular, the author notes recurring themes of unrest, rebellion and reformation. The interpretive overview of The Story of Christianity includes a thorough and timely analysis of the growth and maturation of Christianity, including events in Europe, the United States, and Latin America -- the latter an area too often neglected in church histories, yet increasingly vital to an understanding of Christianity's historical development, present situation, and future options.