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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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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1401676316
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  • Editore: Thomas Nelson; 4 edizione (10 dicembre 2013)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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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 Thorough history of the church and those that influenced it. 11 febbraio 2016
Di Nicholas Harmon - Pubblicato su
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If you want to learn about the church and how we are where we are today this is the book to read. This covers the history of the church from the beginning not skipping any details. In fact this book gives more details than you may want. I would put this book at the college level for content but someone who is interested in history could read this in High-School. It is a very thick book and a good read. Recommend for those looking for a history of the church.
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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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5.0 su 5 stelle Sweeps through church history 12 gennaio 2017
Di Mike - Pubblicato su
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I have always wanted to read a history of the Christian church from Jesus' resurrection to now. But the books I started were all dense and more for a seminarian. Dr. Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language (updated by R. L. Hatchett for the Fourth Edition) charts the complexity of the Christian church movement through the ages. This sweep through the history of the church moves quickly through complex change in the structure of the local church throughout the world.

My takeaways are: the church is messy, Christians are messier, but God's hand is steady and sure. While the evangelical author/editor have an opinion, they do a good job of presenting the historical facts and mostly let the reader form his/her own opinion.

Covering 2000+ years in 500 pages does not allow the authors to dwell on anyone one phase in great depth although they slow down to set the stage for the events and explain how the events shaped the church as we know it today.

One theme, that struck me throughout church history, is that the local church rediscovers "the church" and then at some point its "leaders" highjack the movement for their benefit. Constantine's rule is a reminder of our desire for the church to have "the power of the state" when the power of the Gospel is all that is needed. The history of the Roman Catholic church is another example of the excesses that occur when man attempts to use the church for the benefit of the institution over the good of the gospel. Most interesting to me was how much I have misunderstood what has happened in the last 4oo years both in America and in the world.

To read about the rapid growth of the gospel in East Africa fueled by Ugandan pastors is inspiring. The American church of 2017 can learn a lot from what is happening in Africa, Asia, and even the middle east.

The "national leadership" of the American church has been more focused (out of fear) in attacking the moral depravity of our nation when the gospel is the only true message of the church. Jesus Christ was a man and God. Yet in America we tend to strip Him of His supernatural power to not only save but to transform.

One of the clear messages of the book is that our interest in protecting the church using state power/legislation, proven methods, revivals, camp meetings, programs, etc. takes the focus away from the gospel and that is the only source of power of the church of Jesus Christ.

I will read this one again and maybe even again. Good read!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Loaded With Meaty Facts. Solid Good Read 11 agosto 2014
Di Shayne Gardner - Pubblicato su
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I learned a lot of fascinating things about Christianity's development throughout it's history. Now I know the origin of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, Apostles, Glossolalia, Deacon, and even Christians. I especially liked the early period within the Roman empire.
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