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.
'The history of the church, while showing all the characteristics of human history, is much more than the history of an institution or movement,' Gonzalez stresses.
'It is a history of the deeds of the spirit in and through the men and women who have gone before in the faith.' 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.
THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY will serve as a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity for students and teachers of church history, for pastors, and for general readers.
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From Jesus’s faithful apostles to early reformist John Wycliffe, Gonzalez skillfully weaves details from the lives of promenade figures racing core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church. González In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo Gonzalez tells the story of Christianity from its fragile infancy to its pervasive dominance at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. I relates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church’s life and thought.demonstrates at each point why 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.This new edition of incorporates recent archaeological discoveries to give us a better view of the life of early Christian communities.Among these are advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of “Christianity’s” in the first century.Gonzalez also includes important research done in the past twenty-five years revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the Church.