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Church History In Plain Language (3rd Edition) (OP [Paperback]

By Bruce L. Shelley (Author) & Scott A. Wenig (Foreword by)
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This third edition improves the most engaging and readable single-volume history of the Church by bringing the story into the 21st century. This work updates readers on all the new developments facing Christianity around the world.

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With more than 275,000 copies sold, this is the story of the Church for today's readers. The third 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.

The 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 gospelDiscusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and growsCovers the explosion of Christianity in the Southern hemisphere

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   532
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.51"
Weight:   1.144 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 2, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Edition  Updated  
ISBN  0718025539  
ISBN13  9780718025533  

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Dr. Bruce Shelley was Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. Heheld 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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quick shipping, very pleased  Jan 20, 2009
I received my purchased item quickly and it was in great condition. I needed it expediently and I was not disappointed. I recommend this seller to anyone.
For nearly 500 pages it reads quickly  Jul 16, 2008
I like history in small doses. I believe its an important subject but its difficult to package historical events. If one keeps listing facts, a book can get bogged down in boring detail. If one just looks at individual people's stories, I have to ask if your representing the necessary stories that show how events happened. Are you forgetting too much?

Shelley does a nice job of giving us surveys in this book which covers 2000 years. Like a bird in flight, we see Christian church history from way over head. Then, at times, Shelley swoops down to take a closer look at the grass and soil before soaring up the next historical event. To make the book very readable, this technique does work.

Shelley does a nice job of covering certain people very well. He also does a nice job of explaining how intellectual thought is developed in different periods of time. However, certain events do get left out like the Salem witch trials and some events don't get as much attention as you might want. I wanted to know more of how French intellectuals responded to Blaise Pascal. Still, this is a good solid history book.

Its funny after reading it. I was left with a strange sense of hope and disappointment. The church has certainly had its share of messing up and hurting itself. (I am wise enough to know you don't measure worldviews by their abuses. Every worldview has their deep chest of skeletons.) It was saddening to see how much damage the church has done. But, out of every generation, from some unexpected place, the church would be altered by some amazing soul who could bring something promising back to a life of faith.

This book can't be everything to everyone, also, it lacks much history on the Orthodox Church, but I do think its a fair representation of the chuch history it covers.
Church History in Plain Language  Jun 24, 2008
Excellant! Both in content and editorial applications. Here is an example of a fine book to purchase from Kindle. I have the printed copy and this Kindle copy is an exact reproduction. Bruce knows his subject well, and truly does explain Church in simple, yet understandable terms. Thanks for a job well done.
Thomas H. Snyder
Easily Accessible History  Jun 4, 2008
To anyone interested in Church history, this book is a very quick, easy to understand read. It's also a great primer or refresher on Western Civilization as the Church and the West are traced together by the author through the history.

For non-Christians reading this book, I'm afraid it was a bit lacking for internal citations, but did reference other more scholarly texts at the end of each chapter. The author did a good job of treating each controversy within the church as it arose in an even-mannered way, but in general the book seems to be written from a present-day Evangelical Christian perspective looking back.

Great introduction  May 22, 2008
Excellent introductory source to the world of Christian history. Shelley writes in a historically accurate, approachable way without becoming too bogged down in the more minute details of Church History. Definitely not exhaustive in scope, but it is written in order to show the reader the importance of the history of the church regarding spirituality, culture, and world history in general. Great flow from chapter to chapter, and an easy read for the beginning student.

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