church history

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The past is now

Margaret Bendroth and John Fea both contend that Christians need to encounter the past in all its complexity and humanity.

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Unfolding the map

Robert Wilken's historical survey of Christianity is impressive, accessible and lively. It also leaves out a lot.

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Chaos and continuity

Luminaries praise Paula Fredriksen's Sin as gripping and magnificent. Her book on Augustine was both of these things. This one isn't.

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Armed and dangerous

Jay Rubenstein offers a lively and well-researched history of the First Crusade. He has a gift for making thousand-year-old history both exciting and relevant.

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Founding the Fathers, by Elizabeth A. Clark

In this deeply researched and illuminating monograph, Elizabeth Clark examines the development of early church history as an academic field in the U.S.

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Understanding evangelicals

Blessed Assurance: A History of Evangelicalism in America, by Randall Balmer

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Late Antiquity, edited by G. W. Bowersock, Peter Brown and Oleg Grabar

When Arnaldo Momigliano was at the University of Chicago he used to argue that we should teach not "church history" but just "history." This is the implicit view of most of the contributors to this large, well-illustrated volume. The editors urge readers to use this impressive guide "with enterprise and patience," especially by choosing the right terms to look up.

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The clerical life

A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in Seventeenth-Century Flanders, by Craig Harline and Eddy Put