Church History in Plain Language (Paperback)

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Well worth the investment in time and $, Shelley's history is wide-ranging and accessible, written out of a devout Protestant perspective but never flinching from the appalling and inexcusable ways in which the Visible Church has often behaved.  Shelley's portrait aligns with the "already and not yet" reality of an Invisible Church being constructed, as a work of the Spirit, like a house of cards in a whirlwind--a seeming impossibility, nevertheless we catch rare but crystal-clear glimpses of this miracle wrought from the hand of the One who "commands the very wind and waves."  

— From Adam


With more than 315,000 copies sold, this is the story of the church for today's readers. The fourth edition of Shelley's classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the twenty-first century. This latest edition of the book takes a close look at the rapid growth of evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the southern hemisphere, addresses the decline in traditional mainline denominations, examines the influence of technology on the spread of the gospel, and discusses how Christianity intersects with other religions in countries all over the world.

This concise book provides an easy-to-read guide to church history with intellectual substance. The new edition of Church History in Plain Language promises to be the new standard for readable church history.

Features include:

  • Includes contemporary developments related to the spread of the gospel
  • Discusses how technology has an impact on how the church worships and grows
  • Covers the explosion of Christianity in the southern hemisphere

About the Author

Dr. Bruce Shelley was Senior Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Denver Theological Seminary. He held the M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Among his previous publications are The Church: God's People; Evangelicalism in America; and The Cross and the Flame.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781401676315
ISBN-10: 1401676316
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2013
Pages: 541
Language: English