Sunday, August 30, 2009

Gonzalez: The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1

Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity. Vol. 1. The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

This is a good little (429 pages) survey of the history of the Church up to the Protestant Reformation. Gonzalez's perspective is Protestant (sometimes, explicitly so), and so, it seems, is his intended audience, but his telling and interpretation are fair even if Catholic or Orthodox Christians would quibble with the latter at some points. In contrast to Johnson, he draws a sympathetic--though not un-critical--portrait of the great personalities and events of the first 1500 years of Christianity. I found little to dislike and plan to mine his suggestions for further reading for ideas.

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