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Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church [Hardcover]

By Earle E. Cairns (Author)
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Thsi respected, well-known, comprehensive resource has established itself as a classic on church history. Cairns looks for the glory of God in the total process, conveying the issues that have divided the church and also affirming that the church of Jesus Christ is basically one.

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The third edition of Christianity Through the Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990s. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. - New chapters examine recent trends and developments (expanding the last section from 2 chapters to 5) - New photos. Over 100 photos in all -- more than twice the number in the previous edition - Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look - Improved maps (21) and charts (39) Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to 'the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity.'

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 7.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1996
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0310208122  
ISBN13  9780310208129  
UPC  025986208127  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Earle E. Cairns (PhD, University of Nebraska) was professor emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He was a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Historical Association, and the Conference on Faith and History.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Christianity Through The Centuries?

Through the Centuries  Jan 9, 2007
Great book! Covers church history not only chronologically, but by certain topics, with helpful charts. At the end of every chapter are also suggested reading materials for a more in-depth study.
let me be very honest with you...  Nov 6, 2006
I'm sure this book is great, but considering I had to read it for a college class I wanted to fall asleep each time I picked it up. If your looking for a great book on the history of Christianity you'll love this, if your looking for a good book to fall asleep to, this one is for you too.
An Excellent Overview and a Conservative Classic  Sep 4, 2006
I believe this fine work by Dr. Cairns is in process of becoming a conservative evangelical classic. Almost everyone I have talked with who has gone through a seminary or Bible College survey of Church History course has used this text in some capacity.

It is very accurate and surprisingly readable. Cairns does a great job of showing Church History in the context of world history, and the interdependencies of the two. Although a strong Christian world-view is evident, Cairns objectively analyzes various movements and events and does not bless or condemn in wholesale fashion.

The purchase price is a bargain for the wealth of information and this is a keeper for the library. You'll refer to it again and again. I do hope that the publisher will continue to update it, as the decade which has passed since the last edition has been ripe with significant events and movements.
Good basic survey of church history  Apr 12, 2006
This book is a good introduction to the history of Christianity. Cairns was a former professor of history at Wheaton College several decades ago. As such he writes from a conservative, evangelical perspective. The book has several benefits to recommend it:

* It is written as a simple introduction to the history of Christianity, and so one can read it without having a background in church history.
* The book does as good a job as can be expected integrating the history of Christianity with general history. The history of Christianity is shown in its broader historical context.
* The book is written as a textbook. As such, it is clearly organized with an explicit outline. The whole scope of the history of Christianity is divided and subdivided into periods; each chapter is further outlined.
* The book has several helpful charts.
* The style of the book is clear, informative, and engaging.
* Many books are recommended at the end of each chapter as guides for further study.

The book has a few drawbacks, but they aren't very significant. Cairns can get a bit preachy in a few places. The chapters about recent history read like a descriptive lists of groups and movements rather than an analysis of the relationships between groups and broader movements, but the earlier chapters are much better. On the whole, this is the book that I would recommend to anyone who either wanted to read just one book on church history or who is beginning the study of church history.
Great Overvierw  Mar 24, 2006
This is a text book; but unlike some classroom texts which are boring, the readers of this book will find it insightful and written in a style that is engaging. There are many charts included in this book that are useful and helpful in visualizing the flow of history.I would recommend this book to any person seeking to gain an understanding of church history.

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