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Church History

FOR US & FOR OUR SALVATION

FOR US & FOR OUR SALVATION
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The belief that Christ is the God-man is definitive of Christian orthodoxy and imperative to a right understanding of the gospel. By the middle of the fifth century, the church had wrestled with many challenges to the biblical portrayal of Christ and, in response to those challenges, had formulated the doctrine of Christ that remains the standard to this day. This look to the past helps as Christians contend with present-day challenges and seek to answer Christ's question-"Who do people say that I am?"-for those living in the twenty-first century.

For Us and for Our Salvation tells the very human story of the formation of the doctrine of Christ in those early centuries of the church. A glossary, numerous charts and timelines, and some helpful appendices make the book accessible and user-friendly. Primary source materials from key theologians and councils complement the engaging narrative.

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Fundamentalism & American Culture 2nd Edition

Fundamentalism & American Culture 2nd Edition
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Many American's today are taking note of the surprisingly strong political force that is the religious right. Controversial decisions by the government are met with hundreds of lobbyists, millions of dollars of advertising spending, and a powerful grassroots response. How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views? Understanding the movement's history is key to answering this question. Fundamentalism and American Culture has long been considered a classic in religious history, and to this day remains unsurpassed. Now available in a new edition, this highly regarded analysis takes us through the full history of the origin and direction of one of America's most influential religious movements.

For Marsden, fundamentalists are not just religious conservatives; they are conservatives who are willing to take a stand and to fight. In Marsden's words (borrowed by Jerry Falwell), "a fundamentalist is an evangelical who is angry about something." In the late nineteenth century American Protestantism was gradually dividing between liberals who were accepting new scientific and higher critical views that contradicted the Bible and defenders of the more traditional evangelicalism. By the 1920s a full-fledged "fundamentalist" movement had developed in protest against theological changes in the churches and changing mores in the culture. Building on networks of evangelists, Bible conferences, Bible institutes, and missions agencies, fundamentalists coalesced into a major protest movement that proved to have remarkable staying power.

For this new edition, a major new chapter compares fundamentalism since the 1970s to the fundamentalism of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement. Never has it been more important to understand the history of fundamentalism in our rapidly polarizing nation. Marsen's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that.

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Glory of Grace an Introduction to the Puritans

Glory of Grace an Introduction to the Puritans
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Who were the Puritans? What did they seek to achieve? What were their successes and failures? Are they of any importance to Christians today?

We firmly believe that all Christians need to discover the important story of how these men and women sought to follow Jesus Christ. Their convictions resulted in a brave and joyful faith, and the writing they have left us on the Christian life continues to be a rich resource for our own discipleship. Meeting the Puritans by listening to them has enriched both of us more than we can express. And so, in The Glory of Grace, we want to introduce you to people who had a deep love for Jesus Christ and a great vision for the Christian life. We all have much to learn‚]‚€‚]

Each chapter contains a concise introduction followed by carefully selected excerpts from key Puritan works, together with suggestions for further reading.

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GODS AMBASSADORS

GODS AMBASSADORS
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In God's Ambassadors E. Brooks Holifield masterfully traces the history of America's Christian clergy from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, analyzing the changes in practice and authority that have transformed the clerical profession.

Challenging one-sided depictions of decline in clerical authority, Holifield locates the complex story of the clergy within the context not only of changing theologies but also of transitions in American culture and society. The result is a thorough social history of the profession that also takes seriously the theological presuppositions that have informed clerical activity. With alternating chapters on Protestant and Catholic clergy, the book permits sustained comparisons between the two dominant Christian traditions in American history.

At the same time, God's Ambassadors depicts a vocation that has remained deeply ambivalent regarding the professional status marking the other traditional learned callings in the American workplace. Changing expectations about clerical education, as well as enduring theological questions, have engendered a debate about the professional ideal that has distinguished the clerical vocation from such fields as law and medicine.

The American clergy from the past four centuries constitute a colorful, diverse cast of characters who have, in ways both obvious and obscure, helped to shape the tone of American culture. For a well-rounded narrative of their story told by a master historian, God's Ambassadors is the book to read.

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Gods Glory Alone

Gods Glory Alone
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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the "solas": sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God's glory.

In God's Glory Alone--The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, renowned scholar David VanDrunen looks at the historical and biblical roots of the idea that all glory belongs to God alone. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation, in subsequent Reformed theology and confessions, and in contemporary theologians who continue to be inspired by the conviction that all glory belongs to God. Then he turns to the biblical story of God's glory, beginning with the pillar of cloud and fire revealed to Israel, continuing through the incarnation, death, and exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and culminating in Christ's Second Coming and the glorification of his people. In light of these wonderful biblical themes he concludes by addressing several of today's great cultural challenges and temptations--such as distraction and narcissism--and reflecting on how commitment to God's glory alone fortifies us to live godly lives in this present evil age.

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Gods Timeline The Big Book of Church History

Gods Timeline The Big Book of Church History
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With colour illustrations, pictures, and pull-out timelines, this history book brings the church throughout the ages to life!

Learn about the Early, Medieval and Missionary church, passing through key events such as the Council of Nicea and the Reformation - right through to the present day. Find out about the people God used and the impact they had on those around them - including us today!

This fascinating book is split into five colour-coded sections:

  1. The Early Church
  2. Medieval Church
  3. Reforming Church
  4. Missionary Church
  5. Modern Church

Sixteen colourful illustrated timelines place key events in church history in a broader historical context. Maps show the ways in which the gospel spread; tables clearly and simply lay out differences in beliefs; and illustrated pages explain key events, people and theological debates throughout the church's 2,000 year history.

Although each period is different from the others, there are common threads that run through all of church history. Symbols highlight a number of important things to look out for:

  • Councils
  • Creeds
  • Martyrdom
  • Kings and Queens
  • Monsteries
  • This absorbing book will be a great aid to anyone looking for an overview of church history. The pull-out poster featuing the whole timeline, plus key herores and villains, make it easy to trace God's work through his church.

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    Going to Church

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    Great Awakenings Historical Perspectives for Today

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    This book is an engaging look at spiritual awakenings that have
    happened in the church throughout history. It examines how
    these extraordinary movements of God translate into the larger
    cultural analysis of today.


    Spiritual awakenings have refreshed the people of God from the
    very origins of the church. What about these past movements
    can be instructive for the church today? Can we expect God s
    awakening presence in our day? These questions brought about
    the Surprising Work of God Conference in the fall of 2015 in which
    speakers traced awakening movements from the Old and New
    Testaments to the present day.


    Great Awakenings represents the culmination of this conference as
    the collected works of notable speakers. Chapters address questions
    about spiritual awakenings through historical, theological, and
    sociological lenses. They look at the events that precipitated these
    awakenings, evaluating whether their causes were purely religious
    or otherwise, and finally suggest what about the awakenings is
    normative for the church today. Contributors include:
    Dr. David Horn, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Dr. Gordon Isaac, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Dr. Walter Kaiser, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Dr. Adrian Chastain Weimer, Providence College
    Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
    Dr. Gwenfair Adams, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Rev. Kevin Adams, East Baptist Church, Lynn, MA
    Dr. George M. Marsden, University of Notre Dame
    Dr. Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School
    Dr. James Singleton, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Rev. Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, TN
    Dr. Todd M. Johnson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary & Boston University
    Ms. Cindy M. Wu, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
    Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, Asbury Theological Seminary
    Dr. Mark Noll, University of Notre Dame


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    GREGORIAN CHANT

    GREGORIAN CHANT
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    Gregorian Chant offers a detailed tutorial in the history and liturgy of Gregorian chant for musicians and musicologists, clergy and liturgists, passionate participants, and others who are interested in the revival of chant in the church, today.
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    Historical Theology Continuity and Change in Christian Doctrine

    Historical Theology Continuity and Change in Christian Doctrine
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    Description: Change is a universal phenomenon that commands the attention of the historian. For Christian theology, change raises special difficulties. How are we to reconcile the notion of the revelation of an unchanging God, who is abiding truth, with the notion of the pervading mutability of all human affairs? This problem, which is as old as religion, is intensified by the Christian belief in the fullness and finality of the revelation made through Jesus Christ. Professor Pelikan begins his study of historical theology with this basic problem and traces the origins of the difficulties that inevitably follow upon the admission of the possibility of change. His investigations lead him to critically examine the dogmatic solution of Vincent of Lerins, the later dialectical interpretation of Abelard, the approach of Thomas Aquinas, and finally, the nineteenth century's Adolf von Harnack to propose a working definition of Christian doctrine and of the task of the historical theologian. Pelikan's work is a perceptive and penetrating study of the interaction of history and theology. Theology must be historical because man is historical. To neglect history, or worse still, to renounce it, is to deny man and theology their common future. Historical Theology is a worthy introduction to a task that must continually seek to weld past, present, and future into a living whole.
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    HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE

    HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE
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    Beginning with the initial transmission of Jesus' teaching throughout the Roman world, this expansive history follows the astounding development of Christianity within Europe. From the religion's earliest days through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, its development in the scientific age of the 17th and 18th centuries on, and its place in the modern world, Christianity's role in transforming and shaping the cultural, social, political, and intellectual progress of the continent is traced. The accessible and informative narrative is complemented by boxed texts highlighting key events and concepts, such as monastic life, the development of icons, the impact of Darwin's The Origin of Species, the rise of prophecy, and the influence of psychology.
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    HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE

    HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN EUROPE
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    Spanning more than a millenium, this unique study follows the development, expansion, and impact of the world's largest religion on the European continent Beginning with the initial transmission of Jesus's teaching throughout the Roman world, this expansive history follows the astounding development of Christianity within Europe. From the religion's earliest days through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, its development in the scientific age of the 17th and 18th centuries on, and its place in the modern world, Christianity's role in transforming and shaping the cultural, social, political, and intellectual progress of the continent is traced. The accessible and informative narrative is complemented by boxed texts highlighting key events and concepts, such as monastic life, the development of icons, the impact of Darwin's "The Origin of Species," the rise of prophecy, and the influence of psychology.
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