Concordia Publishing House announces the release of Church History: The Basics. It is an abridgment of The Church from Age to Age: A History from Galilee to Global Christianity, making this longer work accessible to anyone interested in obtaining an excellent basic overview of church history. The noted church historian Dr. Paul Maier provides the foreword.

Church History: The Basics is a perfect introduction to the Church’s history. It covers every major era and offers a helpful overview with a focus on the key events and persons that were used by God to move the Gospel proclamation of the Church forward in time.

church history the basicsChurch history experts are praising The Basics:

“Covering two thousand years of Christian history, from the birth of Christ to the twenty-first century, Church History: The Basics is well researched, highly informative, and definitely not boring. . . . It’s a must-have book for every congregation’s church library.” —Alvin J. Schmidt, PhD; Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Illinois College; Author of How Christianity Changed the World (2004)

“In a very readable and lively fashion, Church History: The Basics offers a global survey of history and historical theology from the time of the apostles to the present day. With insightful perspectives on evangelical heritage and user-friendly charts, this book tells a remarkable story of God’s people, called the Church.” —Dr. Chris Chun, Associate Professor of Church History, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Church History: The Basics is a marvelous survey text. Founded on a meaty, spiritually edifying, and global historical narrative, it offers students of all kinds a wealth of information in a reader-friendly format.” —Douglas A. Sweeney, PhD; Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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