A Summary of Christian History

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B&H Publishing Group, 2005 - Religion - 468 pages

Originally published in 1959, A Summary of Christian History has been a classic text for introductory-level studies of Christian history for more than four decades. Even in the face of advancing history, new findings, and changing perspectives, Dr. Baker's original classic has remained popular decades beyond the normal life expectancy of a textbook.

In this third edition, Dr. John Landers, a former student of Dr. Baker, builds on the original goal of helping students grasp the broad contours of Christian history without becoming lost in a maze of historical detail.

 

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Excellent church history book! Concise & understandable and easy to read. Gives an overall feel of not only the church history but also world history.
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Having had read the original "A Summary of Christian History" by Robert A Baker; I would highly recommend that you buy it instead of this revision. The original is wonderful and VERY easy reading; I did not see any need for a revised version. Moreover, I have found that this revision leaves out a lot of very important text. The original has a burgundy cloth hard cover. 

Contents

The Beginnings of Historical Christianity
1
Pagan Opposition to Christianity
12
The Struggle for Purity
27
The Close of an Era
43
The Age of Constantine
57
Roman Catholic Foundations
72
Roman Catholic Expansions
85
Religious Opposition to Roman Authority
102
Anabaptists and the Radical Reformation
235
The Anglican Reform
248
The Roman Catholic Revival
266
The Thirty Years War
280
The Seaborne Expansion of Christianity
287
Continental European Christianity 16481789
299
British Christianity 16491789
313
Colonial North American Christianity
328

Throne and Altar
114
Roman Catholic Domination
123
The High Middle Ages
140
The Decline of Papal Prestige and the Rise of Nation States
152
The Renaissance
161
Renaissance Church Councils
177
Ecclesiastical Dissent
187
Causes of the Reformation
199
The Lutheran Reform
208
The Zwinglian and Calvinistic Reforms
221
Continental European Christianity since 1789
350
British Christianity since 1789
367
The United States and Canada
381
The Worldwide Missionary Movement
411
Global Christianity
425
Universal Councils by the Roman Reckoning
446
General Bibliography
448
Index
449
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About the author (2005)

Robert A. Baker was a leading church historian among Southern Baptists for half a century. He was professor of Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a prolific author of books and articles. He held the Ph.D. from Yale University.

John M. Landers is Academic Acquisitions and Project Editor at Broadman & Holman Publishers and was a student of Dr. Baker. He authored three books in Portuguese and served as president of Equatorial Baptist Theological Seminary in Belém, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University.

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