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Book Title: A History of Christianity|
The author of the book: Kenneth Scott Latourette
Date of issue: 1953
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Note, Nov. 20, 2017: In view of its quality as well-written history, its educational value in general and to me personally, and the importance (in my estimation) of the subject matter, on reflection I've concluded that this book deserves a full five stars.
The present is impossible to understand without knowing the past --understanding how we got where we are today, and why. That's why the widespread historical amnesia of modern times is so harmful, both in society and the church. (In the latter, people typically imagine that their particular denomination is a direct continuation of the New Testament church, with its beliefs and practices essentially unchanged --and that no other denomination plays any meaningful part in church history.) As an overview of the story of Christianity, as solid and detailed as a one-volume work allows, this is probably the best basic introduction to the facts and framework of the real history -- and the best antidote to historical amnesia-- ever written. It would provide anyone interested in the subject (and all believers certainly ought to be!) with an indispensable foundation of historical knowledge to build on.
Latourette avoids uncritical triumphalism, taking as his overarching concept the Apostle Paul's observation that "we have this treasure in earthen vessels," so that the power at work in it may be seen to be God's, not ours. The author casts a clear light of history on both the earthen quality of the vessels and the reality of the power.
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