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Epic: An Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History

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Each generation suffers from self-obsession, and we do well to keep one eye on the past, to consider not only where we wish to go, where we have been. Christianity has a long and storied past that testifies to God's...


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Each generation suffers from self-obsession, and we do well to keep one eye on the past, to consider not only where we wish to go, where we have been. Christianity has a long and storied past that testifies to God's enduring grace, and even though so much of Christian history has passed away and many of its people and objects have been lost to time, a few precious relics and locations remain.

As we consider these objects with careful eyes and look at them in their historical context, we find the beginnings of a story. Through thirty-three carefully selected objects, author and pastor Tim Challies introduces readers to the history of Christianity in a unique and creative way. It's a story that tells us what God is accomplishing in this world, whether through princes or peasants, triumph or trial. Each of these objects offers us a tangible link between the present and the past, between the Christians of the twenty-first century and the Christians who lived and died in centuries past.In a few cases these objects are hidden away or in private collections, but more commonly they are there for all who wish to see them.

Beginning with the relics of the earliest Christians, we journey through history to look at the importance of a peculiar scrawl of graffiti and the creedal significance of an otherwise unremarkable carving. We take a leap forward in time to consider the loving labor of monks and the martyrdom of Christians who called for reform long before the days of Luther. We look at pulpits and paintings and posters and pieces of machinery. And, of course, we look at books and the remains of books - for nothing has so charted and maintained the course of Christian history as its books.

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Each generation suffers from self-obsession, and we do well to keep one eye on the past, to consider not only where we wish to go, where we have been. Christianity has a long and storied past that testifies to God's enduring grace, and even though so much of Christian history has passed away and many of its people and objects have been lost to time, a few precious relics and locations remain.


As we consider these objects with careful eyes and look at them in their historical context, we find the beginnings of a story. Through thirty-three carefully selected objects, author and pastor Tim Challies introduces readers to the history of Christianity in a unique and creative way. It's a story that tells us what God is accomplishing in this world, whether through princes or peasants, triumph or trial. Each of these objects offers us a tangible link between the present and the past, between the Christians of the twenty-first century and the Christians who lived and died in centuries past.


In a few cases these objects are hidden away or in private collections, but more commonly they are there for all who wish to see them. Beginning with the relics of the earliest Christians, we journey through history to look at the importance of a peculiar scrawl of graffiti and the creedal significance of an otherwise unremarkable carving. We take a leap forward in time to consider the loving labor of monks and the martyrdom of Christians who called for reform long before the days of Luther. We look at pulpits and paintings and posters and pieces of machinery. And, of course, we look at books and the remains of books - for nothing has so charted and maintained the course of Christian history as its books.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 548541
  • Product Code 9780310329046
  • ISBN 0310329043
  • EAN 9780310329046
  • UPC 025986329044
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2020
  • Sales Rank 5497
  • Dimensions 234 x 190 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.458kg

Tim Challies

A pastor, noted speaker, and author of numerous articles, Tim Challies is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere. Over 20,000 people visit Challies.com each day, making it one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs in the world. Tim is also the editor of DiscerningReader.com, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim is the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and Sexual Detox. He and his family reside near Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Introduction
  • A Brief Overview Of Christian History
  • The Objects
  • 1.roman Context
  • Object: Augustus Of Prima Porta
  • City: Vatican City
  • Location: Vatican Museum
  • Date: 1st Century
  • 2.transmission Of Scripture
  • Object: Rylands Library Papyrus P52
  • City: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Location: Rylands Library, University Of Manchester
  • Date: 125-150
  • 3.persecution
  • Object: Alexamenos Graffito
  • City: Rome, Italy
  • Location: Palatine Antiquarian Museum
  • Date: 200
  • 4.theological Orthodoxy
  • Object: Dogmatic Sarcophagus
  • City: Vatican City
  • Location: Vatican Museum
  • Date: 330-350
  • 5.vulgate
  • Object: The Book Of Kells
  • City: Dublin, Republic Of Ireland
  • Location: Trinity College Library
  • Date: 800
  • Also Look For: The Book Of Armagh Which Is Housed In The Same Library. It Contains The Earliest Version Of St. Patrick’s Confession.
  • 6.the Crusades
  • Object: Tbd
  • City: London, United Kingdom Or Jerusalem, Israel
  • Location: Tbd
  • Date: 1200
  • 7.a Vernacular Bible
  • Object: John Wycliffe’s Pulpit
  • City: Lutterworth, United Kingdom
  • Location: St Mary’s Church
  • Date: 1320-1384
  • 8.reformation Forerunners
  • Object: Tbd
  • City: Konstanz, Germany (or Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Location: Jan Hus Museum (or City Of Prague Museum)
  • Date: 1369-1415
  • 9.the Printing Press
  • Object: The Gutenburg Bible
  • City: Austin, Texas (or Paris, France)
  • Location: University Of Texas At Austin, Harry Ransom Center (or Bibliothèque Nationale De France)
  • Date: 1455
  • 10.ad Fontes
  • Object: Novum Instrumentum Omne
  • City: Basel, Switzerland
  • Location: University Of Basel Library
  • Date: 1516
  • 11.reformation
  • Object: The Indulgence Box
  • City: Wittenberg, Germany
  • Location: Lutherhaus
  • Date: 1517
  • 12.unleashing The Word
  • Object: Tyndale New Testament
  • City: London, United Kingdom
  • Location: British Library
  • Date: 1526
  • 13.reformed Theology
  • Object: John Calvin’s Chair
  • City: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Location: St Pierre Cathedral
  • Date: 1509-1564
  • 14.defender Of The Faith
  • Object: Tbd - Related To Henry Viii, Anne Boleyn, Or Catherine Of Aragon
  • City: London, United Kingdom
  • Location: London Museum Or British Museum
  • Date: 1491-1547
  • 15.counter-reformation
  • Object: St Francis Xavier’s Forearm
  • City: Rome, Italy
  • Location: Church Of The Gesu
  • Date: 1506-1552
  • Additional Information: This Church Also Contains The Remains Of St Ignatius Of Loyola, Founder Of The Jesuits, And The Triumph Of Faith Over Heresy Which Shows Mary Casting Luther And Hus Out Of Heaven.
  • 16.the Huguenots
  • Object: Tbd
  • City: Mialet, France
  • Location: Musée Du Désert
  • Date: 1550
  • Also: Visit Musee Protestant In La Rochelle (protestant History Museum) And Musée Jean Calvin In Noyon.
  • 17.king James Bible
  • Object: King James Bible, First Edition
  • City: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Location: Stevenson University Library
  • Date: 1611
  • 18.puritanism
  • Object: The Works Of William Perkins
  • City: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Location: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Library
  • Date: 1558-1602
  • 19.the Baptists
  • Object: Baptismal Pool
  • City: Dalwood, United Kingdom
  • Location: Loughwood Meeting House
  • Date: 1653
  • 20.the Great Awakening
  • Object: Whitefield Rock
  • City: West Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Location: Foster Hill
  • Date: 1740
  • 21.hymnody
  • Object: Olney Hymns
  • City: Harvard, Massachusetts
  • Location: Harvard University, Houghton Library
  • Date: 1779
  • 22.the Modern Missions Movement
  • Object: William Carey’s Writing Desk
  • City: Serampore, India
  • Location: Carey Museum
  • Additional Information: Angus Library At Regent’s Park College In Oxford, England, Has A Large Collection That Includes William Carey’s Bible, Shew Board, A First Edition Of His Bengali New Testament, And The Couch Upon Which He Died.
  • Date: 1792
  • 23.the Black Church
  • Object: Lemuel Haynes’ Sermon Manuscript
  • City: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Location: American Antiquarian Society
  • Date: 1805
  • 24.the Church In Asia
  • Object: Hudson Taylor’s Tombstone
  • City: Zhenjiang, China
  • Xuan De Church
  • Date: 1853-1905
  • 25.the Heart Of Africa
  • Object: David

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