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The Church of Our Fathers [Unknown Binding]

Roland Herbert Bainton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Church history primer 24 Mar 2005
By D. Keating - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roland Bainton is an excellent historian who has a deep understanding of Church history. In this short book he presents the highlights so that any reader can get a nice overview of the Church. It is quite a task to explain 2000 years of history in a little over 200 pages, but Bainton is one of the few who can pull off this task with great success.

For those who find history boring, this book will be a nice surprise. It is well packaged. I particularly like this book because it blends the simple facts with personal accounts, poems, songs, and even some art. I highly recommend it for anyone hoping to get a solid primer about the Church's history. For those who want more depth (to include source material references, etc.) this is not the right book, although it would still be an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, illuminating . . . 29 Jan 2003
By Hunter Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you want the overview of the history of the Christian Church by a writer of great skill and sincerity, this is the right book for you. No footnotes. Not a lot of scholarly depth. But what it does have is a lively prose style and a very good selection of events to tell the story of the Church. Christians should know at least something of the history of the Church. Bainton's book will serve as an excellent starting place.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere, direct, and even-handed history 13 Mar 2011
By S. K. Lambiris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I suspect this book was originally intended for a high school or even junior high readership--I met it myself in sixth and eighth grades. Forty years later it still has an honored place on my shelves because of its graceful, if straightforward, writing and its lucid presentation of complex issues from many points of view. It covers doctrinal disputes more in sorrow than in anger, never suggesting that one side or the other was acting faithlessly or, for that matter, had sole possession of the truth. Its inclusion of examples of music, art, and literature that were created to celebrate Christ and His Church (in all its many denominations) adds greatly to its appeal. As an introduction to the history of Christianity up to the mid-twentieth century I doubt it can be surpassed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Foundational Read 28 Jan 2014
By Jonathan Roach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
At first I was disappointed, it looked like a children's book when I thumbed through it. While that may have been the partial intent of this book, it was a fascinating read. It took on the scope of Christian History in an easy to understand, yet surprisingly academic manner. I even liked the illustrations that were provided. It is not unbiased, yet the biases were far from becoming harsh indictments or polemics against one group or another. The author clearly states opinions or subjective material in a few places, but it is done reverently, and reflectively for the most part.
3.0 out of 5 stars Brief, simplified, and easy-to-read history book 10 Sep 2014
By Chad Wible - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a decent beginner's book to church history. It reads like it was written for young adults as the language and ideas are simple. The author uses broad brush strokes as he paints the picture of church history in this short book. Much of it comes across in a positive light, often being dismissive of the darker parts of church history. It is obviously dated being published in 1950 and demonstrates the mood toward the church in 1950's America. Written from an American viewpoint, the author follows the history of the church from east to west and then across the Atlantic to the United States. The writing is easy to read and the author touches on many of the important figures, events, and movements throughout church history, albeit briefly.
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