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Church History, Volume Two: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day

The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context
John D. Woodbridge (Author) , Frank A. James III (Author)
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Church History, Volume Two chronicles the events, the triumphs, and the struggles of the Christian movement from the years leading up to the Reformation through the next five centuries to the present-day.

Looking closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church, Church History paints a portrait of God's people within the context of the times, cultures, and developments that both influenced and were influenced by the church.


  • Maps, charts, and illustrations spanning the time from the thirteenth century to today.
  • Explanations of all the major denominational movements, traditions, and schisms during and after the Reformation.
  • Overviews of the Christian movement in Africa, eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America to cover the scope of the ecumenical environment of the twenty-first century.
  • Insights into the role and influence of politics, culture and societal norms, and technology on the Western church.
  • Unbiased details on the major theological controversies and issues of each period.


Authors John D. Woodbridge and Frank A. James III wrote this history of the church from the perspective that such a history is the story of the greatest movement and community the world has known—as imperfect as it still is. It's a human story of a divinely called people who want to live by a divine revelation. It's a story of how they succeeded and how they failed and of how they are still trying to live out their calling.

From the Reformation theologians in Europe to the revivalists, apologists, and Christian thinkers all over the world, the historical figures detailed are people who have struggled with the meaning of the greatest event in history—the coming of the Son of God—and with their role in that event and in the lives of God's people.

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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Church History: From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day, featuring scholars John D. Woodbridge and Frank A. James III, traces the growth of the modern church within the cultural, intellectual, and political contexts of the surrounding world.

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  • Page Count: 864
  • Format: Hardcover, Printed
  • ISBN: 9780310257431
  • Release: August 11, 2013
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