What part does the history of our faith play in the demonstration of our faith? In reality, the demonstration of the faith is the history of the faith. Thus, a knowledge and understanding of the history of Christianity are critical to living out the tenets of the faith.
So, to aid in our knowledge and understanding of the history of Christianity, B&H Academic has published the second edition of A Survey of the History of Global Christianity (SHGC). The book is written by Mark Nickens (PhD), assistant professor in church history at Liberty University. Nickens is a well-regarded expert in his field.
Nickens starts us off at the beginning – 30 AD – and marches us through the history of global Christianity right up to the present. As the title states, the volume covers global Christianity, not just Christianity in the United States and/or Europe. Bear in mind this is a survey. It is comprehensive yet not detailed. While not precisely stated, SHGC is designed to whet one’s appetite for the history of the faith. For further investigation there is an excellent seven-page bibliography.
The striking element of this book is the amount of history that Nickens is able to include in such a condensed manner. It’s a testament to his expertise. He covers the major movements of the faith and the personalities that drove them. Additionally, along the historical journey, the author provides “asides” (enclosed in boxes) which cover a wide variety of subjects – definitions, miscellaneous historical facts, quotes, etc.
A Survey of the History of Global Christianity is a volume that every pastor, teacher and student of the faith should read and have in his library. It is the perfect primer for the history of the Christian faith.
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