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Parade of Faith

A Biographical History of the Christian Church
Ruth A. Tucker
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Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when “the saints go marching in” to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people—people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical “what if” questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.

About the Author

Ruth A. Tucker (PhD, Northern Illinois University) has taught mission studies and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Calvin Theological Seminary. She is the author of dozens of articles and eighteen books, including the award-winning From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Visit her website at

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  • General
  • Chapter 1 - A Resurrection People: The New Testament Era
  • Chapter 2 - A Persecuted People: The Post-Apostolic Generations
  • Chapter 3 - Creeds and Councils: Debating and Defining Doctrine
  • Chapter 4 - Desert Fathers: Early Monastic Life and Writings
  • Chapter 5 - City of God in the “Dark Ages”: Benedict to Gregory the Great
  • Chapter 6 - Byzantine Religion: The Expansion of Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Chapter 7 - The Reconstituted Roman Empire: Charlemagne and Papal Power
  • Chapter 8 - Medieval Theology: Anselm to Aquinas
  • Chapter 9 - Beyond the Cloistered Walls: Monasticism, Mysticism, and Social Outreach
  • Chapter 10 - Renaissance Humanism and the Dawn of the Reformation: Waldo to Wycliffe
  • Chapter 11 - The German Reformation: Luther and Colleagues
  • Chapter 12 - The Swiss Reformation: Zwingli, Calvin, and Company
  • Chapter 13 - The Anabaptists: Separation of Church and State
  • Chapter 14 - The Catholic Reformation: Doctrine Defined and Mission Worldwide
  • Chapter 15 - The English Reformation: Royalty Exploiting Religion
  • Chapter 16 - Puritans in England and America: Theologians and Preachers
  • Chapter 17 - Sectarian Movements in Europe and America: Visions and Voices
  • Chapter 18 - The Catholic Church: Centuries of Struggle
  • Chapter 19 - Trans-Atlantic Awakenings: Revivals in England and America
  • Chapter 19 - Trans-Atlantic Awakenings: Revivals in England and America
  • Chapter 20 - An Age of Societies: Nineteenth-Century Revival and Social Outreach
  • Chapter 21 - The Modern Missionary Movement: Families in Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Chapter 22 - Fragmentation and Revival: Salvation Army to Foursquare Gospel
  • Chapter 23 - Theological Ferment: Twentieth-Century Protestants and Catholics
  • Chapter 24 - Worldwide Christian Outreach: The Twentieth Century and Beyond
  • Product Details
  • Page Count: 512
  • Format: Softcover
  • ISBN: 9780310525141
  • Release: April 14, 2015