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History of the World Christian Movement: Volume I: Earliest Christianity to 1453 [Paperback]

By Dale T. Irvin (Author), Scott W. Sunquist (Joint Author) & Sunquist Irvin (Author)
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This first comprehensive account of Christianity as a world religion is a landmark, offering the work of five years of a team of 43 international scholars and consultants. For the first time, the peoples of Asia, Africa, and the Near East take their rightful place in the account of the unfolding of the Christian story from its beginnings to the 15th century.

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History of the World Christian Movement shows that from the beginning Christianity has been a world religion, informed and shaped through the interplay of gospel and culture church and world.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2001
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570753962  
ISBN13  9781570753961  

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History of the World Christian Movement  Nov 25, 2008
This is the essential primer for persons interested in the early Christian church. Irvin and Sunquist combine their knowledge and craftsmanship as authors to present a very readable but detailed description of the events and persons that shaped the early church and led to the modern setting. Personalities are revealed and well-known names of history come to life again as their impact on events are exposed. The reader can be amused at how pety differences between two persons became divisive events or church doctrine. The authors deftly move between different perspectives to help the reader understand how people of the day saw the events and how history affects modern relationships between the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations. This is a must read for the first year seminary student and an excellent resource for the person in the pew.
Meanders Too Randomly through History  Apr 28, 2008
This book was assigned for my church history class at Princeton Theological Seminary. It looks promising at the outset because of the large number of scholars who have contributed to the book. It incorporates scholars from different cultures and institutions to attempt to bring together an ecumenical view of Church History. Unfortunately that goal is never achieved. The book wanders aimlessly through church history, never clearly identifying what time period they're trying to cover and making much of what they're trying to present incoherent. This is mostly likely the result of so many different voices trying to get a say. There are better church history overviews, such as Justo Gonzalez's two volume "Story of Christianity." There are some good sections here and there, such as the section on Islam, but this is a book better left on the shelf.
Excellent breadth, but a few gripes  Dec 14, 2006
I appreciate the worldwide coverage of the Christian movement from earliest times, something not often found in church history books. I also appreciate the clarity of expression, making this an easy page-turner. The material both strengthened my faith and raised challenges for reflection. For this, I heartily recommend it.

That said, I hope that for the next edition, that the authors get an editor: material gets repeated, sometimes almost verbatim between sections; there are distracting spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. The repeats mean that the reader can use the book as a rapid reference aid for open book tests, which I appreciate, but some might find it off-putting.

Finally, although I found the drawing out of the heroines of the faith to be quite helpful and eye-opening (example: that Jerome's woman colleagues probably had a larger hand in the Vulgate translation than heretofore imagined), at times this felt like a feminist affirmative action program.

That said, I commend the book to all with curiosity about just how broad the world Christian movement has been through history.
The best Church History book  Sep 15, 2005
Dr. Irvin has written the most excellent Church History book. Moving from the traditional -- and limited -- Eurocentric view of Christian history, this book examines Christianity in the worldwide perspective from which it must be viewed. And it is written in a vibrant style that makes the subject come alive.
Wow, what a great book  Nov 29, 2002
Wow, what a great book. these guys really know their stuff! I think my dad is the man, and Dale is an OK guy too. However, Rev. Dr. Mr. Scott Sunquist must watch out for his son, who might out-publish him!! Great book!!

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