Church history is important because it shows us how God’s faithful dealings with His people in the Bible continue in the ongoing life and work of Christ in our world. If you have ever wished for a short book highlighting church history’s most important events that will enlighten your mind and peak your interest, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Three prolific church historians collaborate their efforts in Church History 101 to present you with a quick read of church history’s high points.
Table of Contents:
First Century: Apostolic Foundations
Second Century: The Church of Martyrs and Confessors
Third Century: Persecution and Heresy; Origen and Tertullian
Fourth Century: The Beginnings of the Christian Empire
Fifth Century: The City of God and the City of Man
Sixth Century: Justinian, Benedict, and the Conversion of the Scots
Seventh Century: Gregory the Great and the Rise of Islam
Eighth Century: The Iconoclastic Controversy
Ninth Century: Struggle for Power in the Church; Ratramnus and Gottschalk
Tenth Century: “The Dark Ages”
Eleventh Century: The Great Schism; Anselm of Canterbury
Twelfth Century: The Crusades, Abelard, Lombard, and the Waldenses
Thirteenth Century: Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas
Fourteenth Century: The Church’s Babylonian Captivity and John Wycliffe
Fifteenth Century: The Renaissance, Huss, Savonarola, and Groote
Sixteenth Century: Luther, Calvin, and the Reformation
Seventeenth Century: Reforming the Church in England
Eighteenth Century: The Great Awakening
Nineteenth Century: Beginnings of Modern Theology and Kingdom Builders
Twentieth Century: The Age of Paradoxes
Sinclair B. Ferguson is a teaching fellow of Ligonier Ministries.
Joel R. Beeke is president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.
Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“The story of the growth of God’s kingdom is thrilling in all its aspects, and to have this brief summary available in book form will surely aid us in the assurance that absolutely nothing can prevent King Jesus from fulfilling His purpose in building His church. Thrilling to read.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, RTS Atlanta; and Teaching Fellow of Ligonier Ministries