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Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition di [Shelley, Dr. Bruce L.]
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With more than 315,000 copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s readers. The fourth edition of Shelley’s classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the twenty-first century. This latest edition of the book takes a close look at the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern hemisphere, addresses the decline in traditional mainline denominations, examines the influence of technology on the spread of the gospel, and discusses how Christianity intersects with other religions in countries all over the world.

This concise book provides an easy-to-read guide to church history with intellectual substance. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language promises to be the new standard for readable church history.

Features include:

  • Includes contemporary developments related to the spread of the gospel
  • Discusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and grows
  • Covers the explosion of Christianity in the southern hemisphere


Dr. Bruce Shelley was Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. He held the M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Among his previous publications are The Church: God's People; Evangelicalism in America; and The Cross and the Flame.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 3980 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 543
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1401676316
  • Utilizzo simultaneo di dispositivi: Fino a 5 dispositivi, per limite di editore
  • Editore: Thomas Nelson (10 dicembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00GCG55EM
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5.0 su 5 stelle Gripping, insightful, and really easy to pick up 10 marzo 2014
Di Beej - Pubblicato su
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I bought the "Updated 2nd Edition" of this book several years ago, as I was really curious to learn more about church history. Despite growing up in the evangelical church environment, there was a huge gap in my knowledge between what happened after the early church in Acts and the modern church today. I knew vaguely of something called the "Reformation" and that somewhere along the way the Crusades happened. I had no idea why the Crusades occurred, why the Reformation was so important, how the books of the Bible were chosen, why there are so many denominations today, and why there's a giant mosque sitting over the site of the temple in Jerusalem.

This book was a fantastic introduction into church history, covering a huge span of time yet maintaining enough detail in each chapter that keeps you wanting to find out more. I'm not normally a reader (averaging maybe 1-3 books per year), but this book had me hooked all the way through it. The author tries to maintain a neutral non-judgemental tone throughout his text, providing a variety of views of how church historians have interpreted events over the years. Of course, recounting history can never truly be an "objective" exercise, but the author does (in my opinion) present his material very thoughtfully without adding too much of his own subjective views.

I've since started studying at Bible College and looking into church history more formally. This book was a huge help in giving me a basic framework to structure my learning around now.

I highly recommend this book, and personally cannot wait to see what's been updated two editions later.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Reads like a novel, exciting and concise 9 gennaio 2016
Di Andy Cimbala - Pubblicato su
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2,000 years of history condensed into 500 pages! Quite the feat. I particularly appreciated that each chapter read like a novel, focusing on historical background, characters, motivations, and the conflict of that time. Also, each chapters were largely stand-alone, written in such a way that you could easily refer back to just one chapter and not feel lost. It is truly written in "plain language", meaning that it is understandable and therefore interesting. Highly recommended!

Personally/spiritually, I was encouraged by two things: 1. There are always reformers that call the church at large back to true biblical faith. 2. The challenges we face today are nothing to be shocked and afraid of, many similar challenges have been faced in previous ages of the church.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Title exactly describes book 23 gennaio 2017
Di D. Osterloo - Pubblicato su
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I learned a lot from reading this. The title is spot on in terms of the book's contents... Church History is exactly what it is, from Pentacost to present. "In Plain Language" is exactly correct too. The title also indicates that, in my opinion, it's not exactly a "page turner" unless history textbooks are your thing. 4 stars for concise, accurate, thorough enough for what I need, easy to understand text. Not 5 stars just because of the lack of "thrill and excitement". Maybe I'm being too tough because I chose to read knowing this. I have to say it was interesting. Maybe 4.5 stars would be better but no half grades in Amazon. Another aspect was the author's objectivity in reporting was good. The times some subjectivity snuck in there didn't bother me because I agreed with him.
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5.0 su 5 stelle thought-provoking and scholarly, yet accessible 6 maggio 2017
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Christ promised to build His church on the bedrock truth of the apostle Peter's confession: "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Bruce Shelley has given laypeople like me a wonderful vantage point from which to view the unfolding of the church's epic story. Every chapter is interwoven with one all-important truth: that Christ distinguished himself as the only person who ever conquered sin and death. The remainder of the story is a great relay race, where this life-changing story was faithfully carried by the apostles and every subsequent generation. The many participants in this race used different methods - philosophy, science, music, art, literature, culture, charity - but shared a common motive: an unequalled affection and admiration for history's greatest Hero.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Great summary of 2 23 gennaio 2017
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Great summary of 2,000 years. I can hardly imagine the difficultly picking what goes in and what stays out, yet Bruce Shelley does a great job of representing a broad section of the Church, social, and political issues. Understandable, vast, and deep enough to 'get-it' w/o boring too deeply into any particular exegetical position to drag the pace down. As much as anything, presented with "honesty", freely and fairly presenting the good, the bad, and the ugly of church history. Great job for a very difficult challenge.
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