Church History Studies


From Cheryl Swope | October 10, 2017 | Faith

Solus Christus (Christ alone) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6, KJV

The Reformation in the Context of Church History

If your serious, history-minded homeschooled high school student cannot bear to read yet another homeschool treatment of church history extolling Semi-Pelagianism or the Great Awakenings; if he is irritated by texts alternately omitting and demonizing the work of Martin Luther, or if he simply wants a thorough book on church history, consider this new CPH resource entitled Church History: The Basics.

Far more than mere basics this extensive, scholarly compilation provides charts, dates, names, and detailed accounts of disputes, themes, and philosophies. About the book, Dr. Alvin Schmidt writes this, “Covering two thousand years of Christian history, from the birth of Christ to the twenty-first century, Church History: The Basics is well researched, highly informative, and definitely not boring.”

Advanced students may study this book in a single year. Other students might spread the course over two or three years by time period. Chapters divide in this manner:
1. The Early Church (from the Apostles to AD 250)
2. The Church in a Changing World (Events and Trends from 250 to 600)
3. The Church of the Middle Ages (Growth and Change from 600-1400)
4. The Church of the Renaissance and Reformation (Decline and Reform from 1300 to 1600)
5. The Church in the Age of Orthodoxy and the Enlightenment (Consolidation and Challenge from 1600-1800)
6. Christian Churches in Modern Times (Changes from 1800 to the First World War)
7. The Spread of Global Christianity (Mission and Message from the World War Era to the Present)

Your upper-level student will receive a firm understanding of, and appreciation for our historical context. As Christians, Church History: The Basics offers an admirable course of study. This single volume provides more than history; the reader leaves with wisdom, edification, and encouragement. As the editors conclude, “Jesus Christ promised that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail’ against the Church (Matthew 16:18). … In all circumstances, the promises of God have upheld and strengthened the Church. Knowing the past likewise allows Christians and congregations today to face the future more wisely and confidently. … From the shores of Galilee to the corners of the globe, there is every reason for bold action and certain hope.”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” — Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV


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