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Church History in Plain Language (4th Edition) (Nelson's Plain Language Series)

Church History in Plain Language (4th Edition) (Nelson's Plain Language Series)

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With more than 275,000 copies sold, this is the story of the Church for today's readers. The fourth 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 gospel
  • Discusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and grows
  • Covers the explosion of Christianity in the Southern hemisphere


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About "Church History in Plain Language (4th Edition) (Nelson's Plain Language Series)"

With more than 275,000 copies sold, this is the story of the Church for today's readers. The fourth 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 gospel
  • Discusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and grows
  • Covers the explosion of Christianity in the Southern hemisphere

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Bruce L Shelley

Dr. Bruce Shelley (PhD.,University of Iowa) is Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. Among his publications are The Church: God's People; Evangelicalism in America; Church History in Plain Language and The Cross and the Flame.

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Essential for history nerds!
5 stars By Tanwin, May 07 2017
This is a brilliant book on church history! The best thing about the book is its promise: that it was written in plain language. In other words, the book reads like a novel and therefore accessible to anyone.

The second brilliance of the book is its division. Shelley divided the book in particular ages. Starting from the age of Jesus and the apostles, the age of Catholic Christianity, the age of the Christian Roman Empire, all the way up to the age of Global Expansion. This divion creates context for the chapters underneath them.

Unsurprisingly I learn a lot while reading church history in high level: no particular event happened in a void, there were always circumstances that made certain event necessary. The growth and expansion of the Church also happened in bursts. It's amazing how you can trace the growth of 21st century church to a small gathering of believers in Palestine in 33AD.

There's so much I can say about this book and what I have learnt. Unfortunately, I don't have the space for it.

In closing, this is a brilliant book. Accessible to everyone and a good high level overview for history nerds. One of the best books I've read this year. Highly recommended!
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Great introduction
4 stars By Raj, Jan 23 2017
This is a hefty book, but it should be noted that it's just an introduction. The author doesn't cover a lot of things, but does tell the story of the church through the ages in a way that is engaging. It's not just dates and places, but he traces the development of theological ideas in the way the story unfolds. The book is divided into 'ages' for easier access, from the early church all the way to current global expansion. The audio version is actually pleasant to listen to in the car, unlike what I expected from a fairly academic text.
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Accessible introduction to church history
4 stars By Hoa, Sep 01 2016
This book is a good survey of church history for the beginner. Shelley's style reads like a narrative, making it a pleasant and engaging read. He surveys the history of the church up to the present time, being selective on which events and people to include. Not a comprehensive and detailed discussion of church history, but an ideal introduction for the beginner.
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  • Catalogue Code 353410
  • Product Code 9781401676315
  • ISBN 1401676316
  • EAN 9781401676315
  • Pages 560
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Dec 2013
  • Sales Rank #6747
  • Dimensions 228 x 155 x 38 mm
  • Weight 0.566kg

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