100 Most Important Events in Christian History

100 Most Important Events in Christian History

by A. Kenneth Curtis, J. Stephen Lang, Randy Petersen
Publisher: Revell Publishing
Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Price: $21.99

This is a reference guide and a read-straight-through book. The 100 Most Important Events in Church History begins with the fire of Rome inAD 64 and ends with the growth of the church in Communist China, with everything from the invention of the printing press totheorigins of the Baptist denominationin between.

Each event is covered in a briefentry (2-3 pages) that's interesting, matter-of-fact, and not pretentious.Information is straightforward andunbiased, and while no one will agree that everything covered was necessarily good for the Church, few will argue that these aren't in fact the most significant moments in the Church's long and colorful history.

Readers expecting wild entertainmentwill be disappointed, butthose looking to enrich their knowledge of Church history will benefit from the clear, intensely detailedpresentation. The origins and backgroundsof people and events are covered thoroughly, offering not just a trivia fact-sheet, but genuine understanding and a sense of narrative arc.

Best of all, The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History is Christian. Many of these events are coveredextensively in secular publications, but because the authors of this volume understand Church doctrine, they canwrite about things like Kierkegaard's attacks on "christendom" from a more informed perspective. Whether you use it for school or just to pass the time, we highly recommend this book.

C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.
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