Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity (3rd Edition)
What do the destruction of Jerusalem, the Diet of Worms, and the French Revolution have in common? All of them are among the pivotal moments in history that have decisively shaped the church. This comprehensive introduction to these and other...
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What do the destruction of Jerusalem, the Diet of Worms, and the French Revolution have in common? All of them are among the pivotal moments in history that have decisively shaped the church. This comprehensive introduction to these and other key events includes an up-to-date study section with applications for today's church. 368 pages, from Baker.
In this popular introduction to church history, now in its third edition, Mark Noll isolates key events that provide a framework for understanding the history of Christianity. The book presents Christianity as a worldwide phenomenon rather than just a Western experience.
Now organized around fourteen key moments in church history, this well-received text provides contemporary Christians with a fuller understanding of God as he has revealed his purpose through the centuries. This new edition includes a new preface; updates throughout the book; revised "further readings" for each chapter; and two new chapters, including one spotlighting Vatican II and Lausanne as turning points of the recent past.
Students in academic settings and church adult education contexts will benefit from this one-semester survey of Christian history.
Mark A. Noll (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is Francis McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is advisory editor for Books and Culture and subeditor for the new Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Noll's main academic interests concern the interaction of Christianity and culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-American societies.
He has published articles and reviews on a wide variety of subjects involving Christianity in modern history. Some of his many books include The Civil War as a Theological Crisis; Is the Reformation Over?; The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys; The Old Religion in a New World and most recently The New Shape of World Christianity; Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind and Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia.
- Preface To The Third Edition<br>introduction: The Idea Of Turning Points And Reasons For Studying The History Of Christianity<br>1. The Church Pushed Out On Its Own: The Fall Of Jerusalem (70)<br>2. Realities Of Empire: The Council Of Nicaea (325)<br>3. Doctrine, Politics, And Life In The Word: The Council Of Chalcedon(451)<br>4. The Monastic Rescue Of The Church: Benedict's Rule (530)<br>5. The Culmination Of Christendom: The Coronation Of Charlemagne (800)<br>6. Division Between East And West: The Great Schism (1054)<br>7. The Beginnings Of Protestantism: The Diet Of Worms (1521)<br>8. A New Europe: The English Act Of Supremacy (1534)<br>9. Catholic Reform And Worldwide Outreach: The Founding Of The Jesuits (1540)<br>10. The New Piety: The Conversion Of The Wesleys (1738)<br>11. Discontents Of The Modern West: The French Revolution (1789)<br>12. A Faith For All The World: The Edinburgh Missionary Conference (1910)<br>13. Mobilizing For The Future: The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) And The Lausanne Congress On World Evangelization (1974)<br>afterword: The Character Of Christianity And The Search For Turning Points<br>study Questions<br>index