Church history is the story of the greatest community the world has known and the greatest movement in world history. Yet, just as the biblical record of the people of God is the story of a mixed people with great acts of faith and great failures in sin and unfaithfulness, so is the history of the people who have made up the church down through the ages.


Church History, Volume Two is an account of the ups and downs, the triumphs and struggles, of the Christian movement. It offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed from the just prior to the Reformation and through the next five-hundred-plus years into the present-day. This book looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church, detailing the times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church.


Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, gives primary attention to the history of Christianity in the West (western Europe and North America), but given the global and ecumenical environment of the twenty-first century, it also covers Africa, eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

About the Authors

John Woodbridge (PhD, University of Toulouse, France) is research professor of Church History and History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He was previously a senior editor of Christianity Today and is the author of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and coauthor of Letters Along the Way. He is the editor of Great Leaders of the Christian Church and coeditor of works including The Mark of Jesus. Woodbridge is the recipient of four Gold Medallion Awards.

Frank A. James III (PhD, Oxford; PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the president of Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of numerous works on the Reformation and has been a consultant and script writer for a historical documentary film series.

Table of Contents

  • 1. European Christianity in an Age of Adversity, Renaissance, and Discovery (1300 – 1500)
  • 2. The Renaissance and the Christian Faith
  • 3. Luther’s Reformation: A Conscience Unbound
  • 4. The Swiss Reformations: The Maturation of International Calvinism (16th Century)
  • 5. Radicals and Rome: Responses to the Magisterial Reformation (16th Century)
  • 6. Reformations in England: The Politics of Reform (16th Century)
  • 7. Refining the Reformation: Theological Currents in the Seventeenth Century
  • 8. Christianity in an Age of Fear, Crisis, and Exploration (17th Century)
  • 9. Christianity and the Question of Authority (17th Century)
  • 10. Christianity under Duress: The Age of Lights (1680 – 1789)
  • 11. Christianity in the Age of Lights (1): The British Isles (1680 – 1789)
  • 12. Christianity in the Age of Lights (2): The Kingdom of France (1680 – 1789)
  • 13. Christianity in the Age of Lights (3): The Continent of Europe (1680 – 1789)
  • 14. Christianity in an Age of Revolutions (1770 – 1848)
  • 15. Adjusting to Modernization and Secularism: The Rise of Protestant Liberalism (1799 – 1919)
  • 16. Nineteenth-Century Christianity in the British Isles: Renewal, Missions, and the Crisis of Faith
  • 17. The Christian Churches on the European Continent (1814 – 1914)
  • 18. Global Christianity: A Re-Centered Faith (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • 19. Modern Theological Trajectories: Spiraling into the Third Millennium (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • 20. Catholicism and Orthodoxy: Collision to Collegiality (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • 21. Contemporary American Evangelicalism: Permutations and Progressions (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • 22. Christianity and Islam: The Challenge of the Future (21st Century)

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